You literally cannot find an "America's Top 10" list that Boise isn't on.
If you find one, please send it to me. I'd like to share it.
For the past four years, I've semi-lived-in-based-out-of Hailey, Idaho. Over that period of time, I've wondered just what it would be like to live in a bigger city. Or, just a city where I could go to the grocery store and not know somebody. And buy avocados at a reasonable price. Maybe buy some pants or socks as well.
And the posts earlier show that what I really wanted to do was TRAVEL in-between. Well, those plans changed. Decided I should save my 2008 Ford Ranger the stress. I have, however, booked a one-way flight to an international destination. Which, I will reveal... in the next post.
That international destination cannot steal Boise's spotlight. Here are the top 5 things I've been impressed with (and surprised about!) regarding Boise:
1. Bring a Bike: The Boise Greenbelt is not a joke. I've started biking around 10-20 miles a day. The section starting at Warm Springs Golf Course and heading towards Marianne Williams Park is smooth riding.
2. The Traffic is a Joke: It's not as bad as I thought it would be. Unless it's 8 a.m. or 5 p.m., you know, like a normal city. But it's not Minneapolis rush hour - I tell you that much is for sure.
3. Boise Kind is a Real Thing: It's really nice to live where there's nice people. It's like the melting pot of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington.... ahem, and CALIFORNIA. There's a buzz about Californians moving to Boise and being sassy-ass drivers who raise rent on the normal-income nice people of Boise. If you're moving from Cali, I'd suggest changing your license plates asap.
4. Flow On. I like yoga. Hot yoga. If you like to get sweaty, flow and forget about life for a moment, I suggest Hollywood Market Yoga. Their teachers are highly knowledgeable and their guidance practices are very gentle. Do what you can. I've attended three times and the music is always on point. *I am also a yoga instructor so, for what it's worth - this is a yoga instructor suggesting a yoga studio in Boise!
5. Culture. Yes, culture. A refreshing taste of culture. World Village Festival is coming up on June 21-23, 2019. It's a three day festival with Mexican, Basque, Native Americans, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Bosnian, African, Lao, North and South America, Middle Eastern, Indian and Greek communities represented.
Thanks for following along on my journeys. I am always searching for new collaborations (Have a few new meetings this week!) People are so exciting to me. I miss meeting with the students from Wood River High School writing the Student Spotlight section because they are so full of life - and excited for what is ahead.
I would tear up almost every meeting. Why? Because when you're closer to 30 than to 20, you realize that life isn't always a basket of fries in high school on a Friday. But it's nice to be reminded that at one point in time, it was.
I am still writing the Student Spotlight section in The Weekly Sun - just remotely. I also have published work coming out in Sun Valley Magazine, Boise Territory, and Taste of Sun Valley! All summer editions.
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