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Old 03-05-2014, 12:04 AM
Location: Cleveland
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Hi, I am a late 20s single straight male thinking about moving to Portland. I have lived in Tampa Bay (all over Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater) FL for most my life. I have a bachelor's degree and just want a job in a place where I can live comfortably but not rich. I lived in Cleveland until I was 15 so I know winters.

I am looking for a change of pace and New England (outside of Boston) always intrigued me. I would need to find a job but have the finances to make the move. Would you reccomend Portland? And is there any area I should specifically look at? Any culture shock I would need to brace for?

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Old 03-05-2014, 04:54 AM
Location: Bangor Maine
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Portland area is great for those in their 20s and you most likely would like it there. Come for a visit and do some job scouting. Perhaps you could set up interviews in your field before you make the trip.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:56 AM
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A lot of us up here would say you are crazy to be thinking of that right now! (winters in Cleveland got nothin' on the Frozen Chozen)

We are in the 4th month of ice, and getting more snow as I write this.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:54 PM
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I've been in Maine all my life and recently visited Tampa for a short while.

The biggest shock is temperature. I was down there in January, and it was 60F at night. January up here you're lucky if its 6F in the middle of the day.

In Portland, the roads are narrow, and the homeless aren't wearing reflective vests. If you have a car, bring it with you- they're all rotting out up here.

I recently learned from a friend who moved here that Mainers are shut-ins. Apparently in other places you can walk up to a stranger and start a conversation. That's not so true here, most of us just want to be left alone. The only people who try and strike up a conversation on the street down town are the ones begging for change- or asking to buy a cigarette off of you with the change they got begging.
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