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Old 03-20-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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So, we talked at length about things we miss. What about discoveries we've made since moving? Both things that are new to us, or things that we've found to replace things we miss.

As always (says something about me) I'll start with food. I've found Red Robin, Bob Evans, and the absolute best bagels I've had in years at Whereabouts Cafe in People's Plaza. They supposedly have sandwiches and salads and soups and stuff, but.... I'm fixated on the bagels.

I've found that it's easy to get involved on a state level with advocacy and activism. I've found that the politicians here are more open, genuine, and 'real folks' than where I came from. And I've found that other people who have relocated here from other states echo those sentiments.

So.......

What have you found?
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Magnolia, DE
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I moved out of Northern NJ when I left for college back in 2003. I never really went back. I lived in Maryland/Metro DC the whole time until moving to Delaware just 2 months ago. Metro DC has some good food, but they don't have great Italian. We have found some FANTASTIC Italian food here, maybe it's the proximity to NYC? I don't know, but it's sooooo good and I'm glad to have good Italian back!
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Newark, DE
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That is great to know about Whereabouts Cafe . . . we've been looking for good bagels.

I've found really friendly people -- I grew up in the DC suburbs where there's a lot of one-upping, but people here are genuinely nice. We get great service nearly everywhere we go -- shops, restaurants, etc. Even the people at Comcast are nicer here than they were in Baltimore!

We absolutely love our sons' preschool, and are excited that kindergarten is separated from the rest of elementary school in the Appo school district. The Bear-Glasgow Y is fantastic.

We're planting an herb garden and some blueberry bushes and were thrilled to discover how ideal the soil was for planting. I remember the soil at my parents' house in northern Virginia being pretty rocky.

I'm sure I'll think of more later . . . but we've been pleasantly surprised at how quickly Delaware has started to feel like home.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Great thread but it would be very helpful if you posted the area you are now living in like Dover, Rehoboth etc. we are relocating and this is a great idea.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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We've found incredibly friendly and helpful people almost everywhere we go. I've had a much easier time making friends here than in other places we've moved.

I've found that, coming from NoVA to Middletown, definitions of "heavy traffic" are very, very subjective. Even though Target is now 20 miles away from me, it takes me the same amount of time to get there as it did when we lived in NoVA and it was only 5 miles away.

Willey Farms, while often more expensive, is a fantastic place to get produce and browse and support a local business. Also, I look forward to the multitude of little produce stands that pop up everywhere in late spring/summer.

It doesn't take long at all to get used to paying no sales tax. In fact, it's downright painful paying it in other states when we travel.

In my neighborhood in Middletown, my kids can have the kind of childhood I did... Running around the neighborhood playing with neighbors and having kids come to the door asking if they can play... Without having parents watching over them every second.

It's refreshing to live somewhere where the school districts aren't cutting tens of millions from the budget every year. We have been so pleased with the Appo school district.

Water ice is a way of life here. And we are now loyal Herr's fans.

Finally, if you can't find something to do, you're not looking hard enough.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Westfield, NJ
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Love this thread!!!!!! Thank you CarrieM for starting it!!!!!!
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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We love Whereabouts too, we go all the time. It is so laid back. It's great.
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