I am a New England girl, born and raised in Connecticut. There are many things I love about growing up here in New England, there are also a few things that make you completely stand out amongst everyone else. Here are ten signs that you have some Northeast blood in you.
10) Anything Over 50 Degrees is Considered Warm
Being in the northern part of the country means that warm, beautiful days don’t last long. So after a long winter, anything over 50 degrees equals shorts, T-shirts and rolling down the windows!
9) The Big E is a Yearly Ritual
For those unfamiliar, The Big E is like the biggest county fair ever. It has the best food, greatest shows and if you grew up in New England you and your family have been at least once. I know many people who go every year.
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8) The Beaches
Florida and California may have access to beaches year round, but New England has fantastic beach scenery that makes the time you do get to the beach a welcome treat.
7) You Love The History
New England was the start of the United States as we know it. There are houses and areas in our towns that are still around from the 1600’s and we love carrying around the historical significance of our towns.
6) Dunkin Donuts is Everything
You didn’t know that there were places in the world where the magical land known as Dunkin Donuts didn’t exist and you can’t imagine not having it around. You know exactly how you like your coffee and you get excited when fall hits and they release their pumpkin coffee. Sorry Starbucks, you are outvoted.
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5) You Know Everybody
When you live in small states like in New England, the odds of you running into people you know are high. You go out to a restaurant and you see the kid from your high school gym class, a girl you used to work with in college and your cousin’s ex-boyfriend in the span of an hour.
4) You Can Handle Some Snow
Most likely you live in a town that doesn’t even consider closing schools until at least 2 inches is on the ground. You can’t believe that places in the south shut down when it’s barely flurrying. You consider how much you like a person by how well they drive in snow.
3) You Know Good Food
There are a few things that New England does better than most, pizza and seafood. New Haven, CT pizza is well renowned with pizza fans, the White Clam Pie and Pepe’s Pizza recently won the title of Best Pizza in America and there is a reason why-it’s amazing! We also have the magical invention known as the lobster roll. Bonus, we have the best clam chowder. Get out of here with that Manhattan nonsense.
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2) The New York/Boston Rivalry Runs Deep
It’s ingrained from you at a young age which city/team is better. Odds are you have at least one family member with a deep undying love for a team in the New York or Boston area and you will be forced to pick sides. A World Series between the Yankees and Red Sox or the Super Bowl with the Giants and Pats is a day where family feuds can begin or die.
1) You Want to Move Until……
There is a moment where you say, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I’m moving.” Then something happens like the fall foliage starts or you spend a summer evening on the coast eating seafood and having a drink. Then you get reminded why you love this place and why it’s ingrained into who you are.