What I Miss About North Carolina

Our family lived in North Carolina for 10 1/2 years before moving to Indiana in June 2012. While I love living here, there are a few things I miss about North Carolina. In no particular order:

  1. Mild winters. I loved that I could run outdoors pretty much year-round in North Carolina. Not so much in Indiana, especially not this past winter.
  2. Hills. North Carolina, especially where we lived in the Piedmont, had beautiful rolling hills. Several hours to the west were the rich palette of the Appalachian mountains. Our part of Indiana is flat as a pancake.
  3. Libraries. I lived an easy 20-minute drive from two world-class research libraries, at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. There are some decent academic libraries here in Indy but they are not as good and not as convenient to my house.
  4. College basketball vibe. Durham-Chapel Hill is the best place in the world to live if you’re a college basketball fan. I loved living 20 minutes from the Dean E. Smith Center. There are 10 Division I college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, and this year none of them made the NCAA Tournament.
  5. Friends. I have several good friends back in NC and am grateful for the technology that allows us to stay connected.
  6. The running community. We lived in a great area for runners, with lots of trails, running groups, specialty stores, and races. Our side of Indy has almost nothing.
  7. Racial diversity. We live in a very Caucasian part of a very Caucasian state. It is no coincidence that a neighboring town is named Whiteland. Our family likes to drive to downtown Indy so we can see a more diverse color palette.
  8. Bluegrass music. It’s just a part of the culture in NC, and it was easy to find concerts and festivals of all skills and sizes.
  9. Krispy Kreme doughnuts. According to the KK web site, the store closest to my house is 101 miles away. We can get the grocery store version here but anyone can tell you that doesn’t count.
  10. East Coast accessibility. We lived three hours from the beach, three hours from the mountains, six hours from Atlanta, and four hours from Washington, DC.

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