There are 14 cities named Greenville in the US, with the one located in South Carolina arguably the most famous. So, yeah that Greenville, as the saying goes.
Recently, I had the chance to briefly visit some friends in this area, and having no frame of reference to the area before, I can say it is a very nice place to live and raise a family. It’s a real up and comer as I would say. Lots of large suburban gated communities, which warms my suburb raised heart, yet there’s also a decently sized, vibrant, and young downtown.
so yeah, come visit that Greenville
Having grown up a stone’s throw from Disneyland, the house of mouse has somewhat lost its luster on me as an adult. I know, I know, I bet a lot of you are appalled.
For the rest of you sane lot, I just can’t reconcile spending a car payment for a day standing in lines around hordes of strangers (read: I’m old and apparently too sensible to have any fun). And living so close to Disneyland, I can hear and sometimes see the fireworks from my house every night at 9:30 PM, so I get to reap the benefits without having to withstand the hassle. I haven’t been since I was 18. And trust me, that was a LONG time ago.
That being said, I get it. People love going to Disneyland…they don’t call it the happiest place on earth for nothing. It’s a place where whimsy and magic exists, for patrons of all ages. A microcosm where you can forget the outside for a moment and just have fun. And if you have kids? It’s definitely a fantastic experience for them. Who doesn’t want to give their kids the world?
And even though I may be biased as a born and bred Anaheim native, I can still admit that Disneyworld beats our original Disneyland handily. First of all, there’s 6 parks to our 2. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. You do have to travel to Orlando though, so I guess that’s the trade off 😉
Disneyworld is an actual a world of its own with hotels, transportation, lakes, security, grocery stores, etc. I think it’s has its own government (obviously Mr. Mouse is a despot). And although it is a resort…lest you think you’ll be having a relaxing vacation, you are sorely mistaken. More a rat race, these trips are a whirlwind of multiple parks, characters and Mickey themed everything. It’s a mousetrap! And it is basically a rite of passage for all families these days (youtube disneyworld trip reveals and then hate yourself afterwards). Yay gross consumerism!
M-I-C…see ya real soon
Nashville is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and I’m lucky that I still have friends that live in town to visit. Literally, I will visit at the drop of a cowboy hat. Nashville is a lot like LA, except smaller, more easily navigable, and of course, musically inclined. I know it’s known for its music, but can we just talk about the food in Nashville? It’s spectacular.
This city is growing at an unbelievable pace, it seems like every time you turn around, there’s a new high rise or apartment complex. My old neighborhood in the West End (don’t think this was a coincidence, I love the Pet Shop Boys)/Charlotte is now the gateway to up and coming Nations and Sylvan Park.
I love you, Nashville.
Happy Lunar New Year! Yes, it’s not only Chinese people who celebrate the lunisolar calendar, so show a little love to your friends who are celebrating the start of year of the pig/boar today!
In Vietnam, the new year celebration is called Tet, and it is HUGE. Lots of festivals, lion dancing, fireworks, fashion, bestowing of li xi or lucky red envelopes, and feasting. If you’re ever looking for nonstop partying this time of year, book your trip to Asia to join the revelry.
A throwback to my favorite city in Vietnam today, happy new year!