Saturday, November 11, 2017

my first week in pc

Whooooop well it’s officially been 1 week in Park City, UT! I know this might be a little premature considering it’s only been a week, but I feel like my decision to move here might be THE best decision I’ve ever made. For the first time, almost ever, I feel like I fit somewhere. 

There’s been a few snow flurries since I’ve been here, but nothing too heavy yet. I love it here already and the ski season hasn’t even started—I’d say that’s a pretty good sign. 

Park City is the opposite of a typical “city.” It’s cozy, quaint and cute…and actually pretty small. In 2015, Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards voted Park City is #3 in the "Best Small Cities in the U.S." category. I can definitely see why. 

I have been utilizing the hiking/walking trails that are all over the place and have enjoyed filling my lungs up with the cold Utah air. The most challenging part of moving to Park City has definitely been the change in altitude. The elevation of my hometown is about 393ft and here I’m at 7,000ft! Exercise is one of my hobbies/passions and I would consider myself to be in decent shape (I mean, I’m certainly no pro athlete). However, my workout routine that I once considered “easy” at home, is now having me huff and puff all over the streets of PC. It’s been a fun challenge though. My first day here, I wanted to turn around by mile 2 on an uphill hike. Nevertheless, I persisted because Lord knows I don’t want to be the out of shape girl by the time skiing starts. The quicker I can get my lungs adjusted to PC, the better.

One of the first things I noticed as soon as I got off the interstate and into Park City, was the cars. The first car I saw as I pulled onto 224 was a Maybach. I mean, I have no idea what model it was but I do know that that car ain’t cheap. In March 2017, Bloomberg rated Park City one of the wealthiest small towns in America. Everywhere you go, it’s Land Rovers of all sorts, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Cadillac, Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus, Volvo. Bloomberg was right, there are a lot of people here with money in the bank ($$$). 

Second thing I’ve noticed after being here for a week is that everyone is pretty nice. Everywhere I go, people have been quite friendly. I have a feeling it's a lot of the locals, the people who live here year round. They say hello to you, they acknowledge your presence, they take the time to talk to you. I had heard that people are much friendlier out west and although (like anywhere) I’m sure there’s 1 or 2  assholes out there, I have yet to run into any during my first week. So far, so good. 

Third thing, the Mormons. One of the first things almost everyone said to me when I announced I was moving to Utah was “Oh..the Mormons.” Supposably, Park City was founded by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons). However, I don’t think PC is as populated with Mormons as the Salt Lake area. Even so, for all I know my next door neighbors could be Mormon and I would not have a clue (nor would I have a problem with it)! I have not found it to be as big of a deal as everyone on the internet makes it out to be. 

Fourth thing, PC peeps are into healthy living…which I totally dig. For a smaller town, there are SO many different fitness and exercise options available. Just down the road from me, there’s a Pilates studio, Orange Theory Fitness, Cycling, Cross Fit, Yoga Studios…not to mention, a variety of gyms. Also, anytime I go anywhere, there is ALWAYS people walking/running/biking outside. PC also has a brand new Whole Foods. I believe they outgrew their other location that I went to in October when I was visiting with my parents. Being a health junkie and foodie, I love having a Whole Foods 5 minutes down the road. For a gal that loves to cook, this completely works out in my favor.

I most definitely put my Christmas tree up yesterday afternoon. I bought a fake pre-lit Christmas tree at Michael’s that was on clearance and added 2 extra strings of white lights, and voila…it looks perfecto! I honestly decided to put it up yesterday because my work schedule is going to be crazy from next week on and I wanted to be able to put it up and enjoy it while I had the time. It makes my rental place feel a bit more like home, as well. Oh, and you best believe I had those Christmas jams on. 

SHOCKINGLY, I have NOT ONCE felt homesick. I’m an adventurer but also a homebody, so it’s a huge surprise to me that I have not cried (lol) once about missing home. That in itself is reassuring to me that I made the right decision by moving out here for the season. 

When people ask me where I’m from and I tell them my story, they all say, “You moved out here alone not knowing anyone?” Yup, I suppose I did. I guess it sounds kind of wild and strange to most people. However, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me because I have always been content with spending time alone. I love people but I also love my alone time. I once read that when you learn to love your own company, you will never be alone. I find that to be true. It’s also helped to build my confidence over the years. I know friends will come in a matter of time.

As for any troubles I’ve had…my washing machine was broken when I got here, and finally fixed yesterday. As someone who does a load of laundry almost everyday at home, not being able to do laundry since I left NY (9 days ago) was unfavorable. Yesterday afternoon, I washed my first load of clothes and boy oh boy did it feel good. Secondly, I set off the fire alarms on Wednesday night…from baking a frozen pizza. However, in my defense, nothing was smoking or burning…I think it was from using a brand new oven for the first time.The next night I was so nervous to use the oven again, that I roasted brussel sprouts with both my front and back doors wide open (lol). Lastly, I have found two spiders in my room this past week. You know...the thick, black, real fast ones (yuck!). Thankfully, I have some weirdo girl super power where I can kill them quickly without flinching and move on...but still, so gross. Aside from that, it’s really been smooth sailing. After a few wrong turns and U-turns my first few days here, I’ve got the city down pretty well now. 

Other miscellaneous things I’ve noticed about Park City:

—They LOVE Patagonia. Good golly, I’m from the Northeast so I understand the Patagonia trend…but everywhere I go, Patagonia shirts, Patagonia jackets, Patagonia vests. PC peeps REALLY love their Patagonia. 

—Everything is dry. Dry air = dry skin, dry hair. You bet your boots I’ve already invested in some great lotion to slather on every morning and every night. 

—Like anywhere, people can’t seem to grasp the concept of Upstate NY vs. NYC. 
1 week, 2 scenarios: 

Girl: “Where are you from?” 
Me: “Upstate NY…Lake George, Saratoga area.” 
Girl: “Oh that’s awesome! My uncle just took a job in Manhattan.” 
Me: “……………”

Guy: “Where are you from?” 
Me: “Upstate NY…Lake George, Saratoga area.”
Guy: “You’re too nice to be from the city.”
Me: “……………” 

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I feel here. I am so stoked for an incredible winter and ski season. People back home have started complaining about the cold temperatures (why are you still living in Upstate NY) and I’m out here in Utah like bring it on, baby! I can’t wait for a Park City winter wonderland. Stay tuned for more to come! 

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 

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