This question has come up a few times as to why I chose to move back to the midwest from sunny California. I get it. I sound insane to leave San Francisco’s 60 degree weather to move to Iowa in the dead of winter. Well. If you can believe it, I did have some reasoning and I thought it was time to be open and share it with you.
If you are new here and need a brief catch up on the last year of my life, here you go.
Besides the fact that my family and boyfriend are all in Iowa, I made the decision to come back to my home state for several reasons. My older sister who I stayed with in California interviewed me a week ago via FaceTime on my thoughts of living in California. In the interview I cover what I expected it to be, the challenges, and my favorite parts. You’ll also see some embarrassing photos of me 13 years ago. Can you tell my twin and I apart?! You’ll hear why I decided to move back in the interview, but for something fun I wanted to compare the differences between California and Iowa.
12 Differences Between California and Iowa
– The weather. I can’t say it enough. San Francisco is mild in the summer and mild in the “winter”. This means you can wear fall clothing 80% of the year which is a real plus considering it’s my favorite wardrobe.
– Lack of bugs. California doesn’t get mosquitos in the summer like we do in Iowa. I think I only had one mosquito bite the entire summer.
– Parking lots. I’ve never been so exited to see accessible parking in Iowa.
– You walk everywhere in SF. My daily commute involved walking 15 minutes to BART (the train), riding busy BART for 20 minutes, and walking 5 minutes to my office building downtown.
– Most homes and even office buildings don’t have A/C in the city. So when it does get hot, it’s HOT.
– Never drive in downtown San Francisco during rush hour.
– Miles per hour does not exist in California due to traffic.
– Stating the obvious here, but California has WAY more people.
– California doesn’t get green grass like we do in the midwest. It’s more of a gold because it’s so dry.
– Iowa is spread out while houses are on top of each other in SF.
– Everyone drinks sparkling water in SF. Is this a thing where you live too?
– SF in general is much older. The buildings, homes, everything.
I still can’t believe I made my dreams happen and lived in California just like I always wanted to. I’m so happy I did it and now it feels great to be home.
Did you have a leap of faith this past year?