I’ve gone back home three times since I’ve moved to New York at the end of January, and each visit has been very different. The first visit was like a relief, like, whew! Good to be home again, but I am ready to go back to NY and have adventures!
The second visit was specifically to hang out with family and I spent one of those days at Laguna beach the whole day.
I hadn’t hung out with my cousin and my mom like that in a long time, and that second visit really made me miss my family. It was the first time since I had moved that I realized just how far away I am now. It still didn’t change my mindset that if I had it my way, I’d be here on the east coast to stay but still, that visit made me miss home.
The third visit was the most interesting because I felt the most confused. It felt like coming home and visiting at the same time. I must be going through some transitional stage or something. I also noticed that I began to notice things as a visitor might. Like how different the drives are between upstate NY and southern California.
Upstate NY is freakin’ green, and I really can’t seem to get over it.
And they have REAL open space!
Southern California also has green…but just barely.
It’s like it’s a desert or something! 😛
I moved from Culver City, to Harbor City (close to Long Beach), then down to Lake Forest (Orange County) before moving to Binghamton and prior to seeing what real open space looked like, I really thought Orange County was super open. Now I see why my co-worker here laughed when I described Orange County as being “open.” With a lot of buildings still around, no, no it’s not really open. Strangely enough though as I was driving down the street, I realized that I actually missed seeing buildings everywhere. Huh. Imagine that.
You know what I really miss about back home though? Whether it’s Culver City, Harbor City, Lake Forest, or even all the way down to San Diego and all the way back up to San Francisco? THE FOOD.
I have only found one place in Binghamton that compares to this…ok, maybe two, but the foodie in me is slowly dying! If anyone from Binghamton is reading this and is thinking, “Girl, you just don’t know,” then please, please educate me on where I can find good food like this because clearly I don’t know. People aren’t big on Yelp here so I have no idea where to go. I did meet a fellow foodie here so I think it’s time I hit her up and get my foodie on so I can know for sure if there truly aren’t good places to eat around here. I. Can’t. Wait. And yes, food really is that important to me even though on a regular day-to-day basis I’m a health nut.
My next visit to LA will be in about a month and there is definitely nothing fun about that visit since I will have to put my stuff in storage and figure out how to get my kitties (yay!) out here. Regardless of the purpose of the visit, I wonder how it’s going to feel that next visit? Will LA still feel like home to me? Or would it feel like a place I’m visiting?