It’s been almost exactly two months since I moved to Seattle and I thought it would be fun to share some of the idiosyncracies that I’ve noticed. (Plus, this was a fun break to take while I’m writing away for my metabolism midterm 😉 )
East coast casual = west coast formal
You can wear anything, and I really do mean anything out of the house here. In fact, you’re more likely to get a strange look if you wear a dress than the socks/Birkenstocks combination. Make-up is minimal and outfit colors are typically black, grey, or blue. There’s also a lot of neon-colored gortex.
Local = better
I LOVE this about Seattle. Everyone is very conscious about where their food and stuff comes from. There are tons of local shops in various neighborhoods (despite the Amazon headquarters downtown) and amazing farmers markets. People actually read food labels in the grocery store and if you don’t recycle/compost, you’re evil.
People are parked in any direction, on either side of the road
Confused what I mean? See photo here. There is no organization when it comes to street parking!
No one uses an umbrella
“Real” Seattleites don’t use umbrellas. I tried to be tough, but I got drenched.
The Seahawks are the best things since sliced bread
I was not expecting Seattle to be such a sports-loving town, but I was oh-so-wrong!
People actually drink Starbucks Coffee
No native has ever told me that they love Starbucks, but they will definitely drink Starbucks coffee. I was expecting a total boycott, but it’s not true!
Everyone is an REI member
Lots of love for REI and anything/everything outdoors in this great, green city 🙂
It’s misting, not raining
The rain has picked up, but November is apparently the rainiest month of the year. Up until last week, we only had a few scattered misty days! Plus, today was gorgeous 🙂 (not that I went outside :-/)
- Anything to add to the list?
- Answer the following: “You know you’re in ______, when people do ______”
- Anyone have a Christmas tree up?!