Kris & Chelsea

“Shocking” Revelations to a New Yorker after he Visits the Midwest

City Boy Meets Country Livin'

It’s the classic tale, big city slicker visits small country town in the Midwestand likes it! Well most of it. A guy named Frank Olito grew up on Long Island, lives in Brooklyn now, and writes for the site  So he’s a city boy.  And he did an article for Insider’s travel section last week after visiting the MIDWEST for the first time.  (Specifically, Chicago and Detroit.)


He listed a few astute observations . . . things anyone who HAS been to the Midwest already knows.  Here are a few of the SHOCKING revelations he had . . .


1.  Things move at a slightly slower pace.  Restaurants and trains included.


2.  People are almost too nice.  It confused him at first, then made him uncomfortable.


3.  It gets hot in the Midwest in June.  That surprised him, because he always thought it topped out around 70 degrees.  But it was over 90 his whole trip.


4.  Things don’t cost as much.  He was expecting $15 cocktails and $50 dinners.  So he felt like he could cut loose.


5.  Midwesterners spend more time in nature.  He heard talk of cabins and hikes.  He also found people appreciate large bodies of water more than New Yorkers.


6.  It’s harder to get an Uber.  He says it’s five minutes in New York, but 10 to 20 in Chicago and Detroit.  So he had to plan ahead.

Kris and I have both lived in big cities on the coast and have returned to the Midwest. There are definitely pros and cons, however a lot of his points ring true. Whether fashion, cuisine or technology things do take a while to travel to the heart of the country. However, this is home and sometimes it’s nice to come home where things don’t change too much. Like mom’s tater tot hot dish, and fishing on our favorite secret fishing spots. Taking only 10 minutes to get across town is a plus! Though I do miss fresh sushi, and no, those shiners and fatheads at the bait store don’t count!

What’s the biggest culture shock you’ve had when traveling? Even if it’s just a state away? People are so different and that’s a good thing!! In the words of Miranda Lambert, “To keep the world a spinnin’ it takes all kinds of kinds”!