Living in the Midwest my whole life the thought had never occurred that I would one day be living in Texas. I hadn’t even thought of it. I love and am very proud to be from the MN/WI/MI area.
The Midwest is known for: casserolles (or hotdishes), feet of snow, stereotypical “White Christmases”, pasties, Pull Bunyan, The Great Lakes, farming, cheese, outdoor recreations (like hunting, fishing, hiking), and a crazy amount of huge sculptures and beautiful fall colors. Texas, so far seems to be quite different. Especially after coming from the Midwest.
Texas has like 1 lake (that we would call a lake). Since we are on the edge of a desert, it has only a little amount of trees or vegetation. The picture above is not really a fair depiction of the surrounding landscape. It is flat and desolate. Texas so far, is almost entirely dirt, and unless you are directly in the Mountains, it’s flat. More flat than the cornfields. Lol.
After my first few weeks living here I noticed that that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. Because when it rains, it floods. The land is practically mud. The roads are even to the land with no trees to suck up the water. The houses only a little higher or level to the ground.
My first few weeks here apparently got the most rainfall Texas has had in a long time. I spent it inside watching movies and trying to manage the damage the water was doing to our tiny house. We are unfortunate enough to be in a house that is a few inches UNDER ground level. Why? I don’t know. I had no previous concerns, until it rained.
I knew Texas didn’t stay 80 degrees year round, but it does get colder than I thought. Since I’ve been here there’s been nights with 3 blankets on. Mornings where I’m putting on my slippers and two sweaters just to walk outside and see my breath. It’s gotten down to the 20’s. Cold enough where after experiencing a 110 degree desert summer, you definitely notice. No, It’s not Midwest cold, but it is still cold.
Truck. Semis. And more trucks. This is my boyfriend’s paradise. I have seen a mini cooper and normal size cars but I’d say probably 80% of the vehicles here are trucks or semis.
Let’s just say I watch as many British and Asian shows as I can, not just because I like them, but because the accent here is contagious. It’s easy to pick up and it’s entertaining to speak. There are a lot of similarities between the accent down here and some of the ones in the Midwest.
We are also in a predominately Mexican area. The food, to be expected is a lot of Mexican food or barbeques. There’s no pasties or creamy potato soup. If I wanted it I would likely have to make it. However, we are fairly close to a large “commercial” town that has nearly every food franchise you could name. This is a large contrast when the entire county you were from was known to not have a single food franchise.
Another thing that had me a bit disappointed, to be honest, was how little of the “blond, cowgirl appearance” I was seeing. I was only 1 of 2 blond girls in the town (that I saw). I still haven’t seen more than that one.
I had gotten a bit excited to wear bedazzled jeans and see some sexy cowboys, of course, but people in Texas look like regular people. I soon found out that one reason might simply be because a color at the salon nears 150$, getting your nails done costs 50$, and those cowgirl boots could easily cost 200$. Sure, there’s a few I’ve seen with cowboy hats, and every large town I’ve been to seems to have a Boot Barn, but most people aren’t just walking around like that.
Living in Texas has been quite an adventure. The food is delicious, the people are welcoming, and climate is a fairly similar. There have been little bumps in the road, (the potholes may be worse than in Upper Michigan) and things I’ve had to adapt to, but in the end everything has worked itself out. I don’t know if I’ll ever be back once I leave but it has certainly been a great experience, so far.