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(Although in that show's defense, it was filmed about three hours from where I lived- so maybe Southern Vermont is where it's at?
) I won't go into too much detail on this one, but this is NOT THE PLACE to find love if you're a single girl like myself.
), the speed limit on I-89 for several miles is 55. Clearly because Vermont is so boring and has no major crimes or anything exciting going on, so catching drivers cruising down the highway at 65 mph is a priority. It's just trees, trees, more trees, maybe some mountains, maybe a river, and TREES.
Once you're out of Burlington either north or south, the speed limit on I-89 does increase, but the driving conditions get low-key terrifying. No cities, no town, and no billboards because Vermont is one of four states (my home state of Maine included) that they're illegal!
When my hours at work switched this fall and I started getting out of work at 7 instead of , whatever chance I had at a weeknight social life was 100% shot.
Back in Charlotte, I didn't really do super exciting things on weeknights, but it wasn't uncommon to go to a friend's apartment to hangout, or to go run and get fast food late at night. You are paying Boston prices without getting a Boston quality of life or Boston amenities.
If you move to Vermont, expect to say your forever goodbyes to Chick Fil A, Dairy Queen, Waffle House, Sonic, Krispy Kreme, (and two of my Carolinas favorites, Bojangles and Cookout). Worst highway driving: Vermont's Interstate 89 has to be the worst interstate I've ever driven on- ever.
Sit-down chain restaurants are limited here as well. and the love of my food life, The Cheesecake Factory. Dairy Queen is probably the one I have missed the most!! I have always enjoyed highway driving, ever since I first learned to drive in high school.
We're not known for high rises and an all-night club scene." I remember reading this line a year ago and thinking "Uh oh... " Spoiler alert: MUCH smaller than I properly anticipated! I knew Vermont was going to be smaller and slower paced, but I had no idea how much of a shock it would be until I actually arrived. Have you ever heard of a biggest city in a state with one interstate exit?!
Now as I prepare to move out of Vermont and head back to the South...
I realize how not bittersweet this move is in comparison, and how truly happy I am to be getting the heck out of here! I've found during my time living here that the Vermont lifestyle is kind of idolized in media portrayals and in reality is very different- so this might open your eyes a bit to what it's like in the Green Mountain state if you've never been here! The lack of cities and population in general: Shortly after I accepted my job last year, I was Googling resources about moving to Vermont.
Around this time last year, I wrote a blog post entitled "Charlotte NC: 10 Things I'll Miss the Most About Living Here." A full year later- and most of those things still hold up for Charlotte!
The city that I went to college in (and stayed for one year after) will always hold a very special place in my heart.
While all in all I think this was a positive lifestyle change and I have grown to love mornings, I kind of became an early bird without a choice. Minus some things geared for college kids that live here to go to UVM and a couple other schools in the area (which is a nighttime scene I wanted no part of obviously), there is non-existent nightlife and things to do after like 7 pm in Vermont.