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Old 06-26-2011, 01:23 AM
 
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I was born and raised in the CA valley in an area with 466,488 people. I'll be finishing up undergrad soon and hopefully going to UVM for medical school. I will be visiting Burlington and surrounding areas next summer. After graduation I would love to live and work in a small town with a big city no more than an hour away. How much shock is a native Californian going to be in during the first year?
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:04 AM
 
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Default Moving from California

Congrats are going to med school! Burlington is a great little city, with the emphasis on "little". You might miss some big-city perks, but if you like outdoor sports of any kind (especially winter sports) you will love it. It isn't very diverse when compared to California, so you may miss that as well. But you won't have the horrible traffic congestion, the crime, the pollution and all the bad big-city things. People are great in Vermont, and you will find a sense of community here that is often lacking in larger cities. The weather will be a real shock. The sun doesn't shine all year long and winters are long, very cold and snowy. The entire state is quite beautiful, with forests, rivers, lakes and mountains all close at hand. Montreal is a two-hour drive when you want a big city fix. I'm from Long Island originally, and the only thing I miss is the ocean. You may miss that as well. Your time in med school should be enough for you to decide if you want to stay or not. Best of luck!
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:29 AM
 
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Thanks I'm not much of a city girl so small towns will not be an issue. I'm also not a fan of the Cali heat. I don't know how to deal with snow so that will be interesting. I love camping and would love to learn how to snowboard. I would miss the ocean but I'm sure Lake Champlain is nice.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:42 AM
 
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I'm planning my visit and tour of UVM and would love some suggestions. Should I visit in December or May? Where should I stay?
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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Default December or May

May has much nicer weather, and you can get a lot of walking around town in; December, may not be terrible but could be, you never know. You would see how early winter feels. You could also ski in December.

I don't know of any hotels in Burlington but hotels.com will pull some up for you.
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