Things that I have learned during my 13.5 months in rural Idaho:
1. The “East Side” doesn’t actually refer to the Bellevue/Kirkland/Sammamish/Redmond block.
2. People from North Idaho are prone to get really agitated if all you know about their state is potatoes. In fact, most of the potatoes eaten in Northern Idaho were actually grown in Washington.
3. This is a big, empty state. There’s a reason the highway system is so spotty – because the highways that exist already connect the few medium-to-large cities in Idaho. Everything else is just “rural.”
4. I really, really need to live in a city with a Gap, a Nordstorm, a decent thrift store and an Indian restaurant.
5. Rural girl, I am not.
I’m oh-so-happy to be going home.