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Old 11-06-2006, 08:05 AM
 
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, now living in the nothern burbs. It looks like a job transfer is going to bring us to south Denver in the near future. We've visited many times and are aware of the obvious differences. We have two teenage kids. As a family, we are typical east coast liberals. We love the Colorado beauty, but we're not especailly athletic. I'm wondering if anyone has made the move from the NE and can share thier experiences.
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:53 PM
 
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I made the move many, many years ago when I was 14. We moved from Long Island, New York to Denver.
Denver has changed so much that a lot of the cultural adjustments I went through probably won't happen to you. Denver is a very liberal city, Colorado less so.
I'll just dwell on the physical stuff: I had to adjust to the aridity and altitude. Even with the humidifier we had, I got nosebleeds about twice a month for the first six months or so. Also the water tasted disgusting at first (Denver water is actually some of the cleanest and purest in the nation.) I can't emphasize the dryness enough. Basically, I just slathered lotion and lip balm from the time I moved there until I moved away in '05.
The benefit of the aridity is that you do not feel the cold as much. I did feel the summer heat, but that's just me.
If you are living in the 'burbs now, perhaps living in Denver's southern 'burbs will not be such a huge change. I don't know. There is plenty to do in Colorado other than physical activities.
Perhaps your teens would enjoy concerts at Red Rocks. There are the Botanic Gardens summer concerts as well, the art museum, museum of science, plenty of shopping malls etc.
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:14 PM
 
Location: on an island
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With all your visits maybe you are already aware of many of the things I've mentioned. Sorry if my post was not all that enlightening.
I've met many NYers who transplanted and not only survived--they flourished.
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