From Sunny (not lately! Thank God!) Southern California!
I have very little to keep me here. In fact, I've said for years that once I retire I'm out of here. Those of you who think living in southern California -- the Ultimate Rat Maze and Ultimate Rat Race -- is so great should be sentenced to live here for one year. We have the beach (which you can't get to during the summer) and the mountains (which you can't get in and out of during the winter unless you drive up and back in the middle of the night). We have a lot of great culture from the northern tip of LA to the southern border of San Diego. And we have very, very good schools
. But my whole life is planned around traffic -- and it is miserable. Not to mention the density (population wise).
SO, I've lived on the east coast before (Alexandria, VA), and I've lived in real cold and snow (West Germany), so I would love to try Boston for the couple of years I am in nursing school
. If I like it, I could make it my home base. If I don't, I could move back here (a fate worse than death) or move on to some other place. But I have a number of Bostonians I work with and they all still love Boston/Massachusetts. One grew up in Blackburn. One goes back religiously every fall to watch the leaves turn. Another's daughter will be in college in Salem next month. But ALL of them tell me I would LOVE it.
I hear the cost of living is high in Boston. But all I would need is a studio apartment or roommates in a regular apt. And if I don't need a car, so much the better.
Thanks SO MUCH for your input. I'll check out Quincy.