“Well, you know, it’s really about the people.”
“It’s not so much the middle of NOwhere; it’s more like the middle of EVERYwhere!”
(after blank stare) “…I mean, really though, it’s like, 3 hours away from everything! The city, Rochester, shoot, Boston’s only 5 hours away and so is DC!”
(after blank stare continues) “…The people here are REALLY nice. Did I mention it was about the people?”
Shortly after I moved to Binghamton, around a month or so, my friend who lived in the city came up to see me. She took the Greyhound from the city and I went to pick her up in downtown Binghamton. Her first reaction?
“So…where are the buildings?”
What, you mean these aren’t buildings? They’re totally buildings!
Oh, you meant buildings like these…
Yeah…we don’t have those. And then I found myself defending Binghamton like a true native! One month or so in and I guess it started to feel like home to me, despite the biting cold during that time.
I will say though, the city does not compare to the beauty that is the surrounding area. We drove up to Ithaca, which is about 45 minutes away, then we walked around the Commons. Then we went to one of the many wineries along Cayuga Lake called the Thirsty Owl. It was still cold during that time so there was still snow on the ground but even so it was such a gorgeous drive. I can’t imagine what spring and summer would be like, but I hear it gets even better. Apparently, we barely even scratched the beauty that is Ithaca and along Cayuga Lake because during spring and summer the waterfalls and hikes are supposed to be amazing. I cannot wait to go back!
Even so, it was pretty freakin’ gorgeous.
I didn’t know this, but NY is apparently known for its white wine. I prefer red wine but you know what, change is good for the soul! Another cool thing I found out about wine-tasting around here, other than the fact that it is the thing to do, is that each wine tasting is only typically $4!! AND you get that amount off any bottle of wine you purchase. Say what!?!? A typical tasting in wine county in Northern California (Sonoma, Napa, etc.) is like $12!! Oh man! No wonder it is the thing to do around here!!
I didn’t go crazy though since we got there pretty late and I was driving. Only went to one winery and I only got one bottle.
I don’t normally like dessert wine but this had a mix of brandy in it so it wasn’t too sweet.
My friend had a great time and we promised to visit each other more often now that I’m out here. She said it was fun to just relax and chill for the weekend. Then after I (admittedly sorta defensively) described all the good things about living in Binghamton so far, she goes,
“You know, I’m really happy that you seem happy here.”
Yeah, me too. And people were worried about me. Pssssh! 🙂