I realized earlier this week that I hit my one month mark here in Minneapolis and I can’t believe that it’s already been that long that I’ve been here. The time has seriously flown by and I’m honestly not that surprised.
In that time, I’ve started a new job, run a marathon, run a 5k, traveled to and from Barcelona, caught up with my old friends and made some new ones in the process. It’s been quite the whirlwind, but I wouldn’t change a minute of it.
It’s funny how you don’t realize what it feels like to live somewhere that feels like home until you have the opportunity to do so. I always knew that the time I spent in Florida and in NYC was short-lived — I had no plans of making either of them my forever home. For a brief stint, I did think that Austin was the place that I was going to be for the foreseeable future. But when my life completely changed earlier this year, I knew that it no longer felt like home.
And I had a feeling that Minneapolis would, and I wasn’t wrong. For once, I feel like my wanderer spirit is relaxed for once (at least for now, it’s been a month, we’ll see in a few months ;)) and that it feels like I belong here. It’s a weird thing to try to describe, but there’s something about the Midwestern culture that you appreciate and can’t find anywhere else. Part of it might be the fact that when I ask where the bubbler is, it’s something that people have heard before and don’t think I’m crazy for looking for it.
There are several things that I love about being back in Minneapolis, and the running is definitely one of them.
It’s the perfect time of year to run here in the Twin Cities, from the leaves turning and having the best views to having the right temperature that means you aren’t sweating buckets, but staying warm, while you are out on your run.
The one thing I’ve struggled with is getting up in the morning —> it’s dark until well past 7 a.m. and it’s hard to get my brain to realize that yes, now is a good time to get up. Luckily Daylight Savings is just around the corner so I hope that will help me get readjusted.
Plus, another bonus for the weather —> I have a drawer full of running clothes that I haven’t really been able to wear over the past few years down in Texas. Maybe on a few runs here and there, but it’s so nice to be able to break out the long sleeves and capris.
Beyond that, I’ve rediscovered Minneapolis’ foodie scene, enjoyed beer from all of the new breweries (crazy how much this city has changed!) and adventured around to some favorite spots as well.
Do you live in the same city or town where you grew up?
Have you moved around a lot? Where’s your favorite place that you lived?
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