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Perhaps we’d forget journalism altogether and launch a mobile dog-grooming business!

Or take up gardening and canning and live off the land?

But the terrifying finality of such a long-distance move, coupled with an intimidating local rental market, inspired a different plan: to road trip around the U. until we found a place that checked all the right boxes (culturally rich, ethnically diverse, politically progressive, full of friendly locals, and affordable). Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Andrew had lived most of his life in one house.

In two separate legs totaling 16 months, we’d crisscross America multiple times by car, visiting some 40 states and 229 cities and towns, ticking off a lifetime’s worth of bucket-list diversions along the way (Badlands National Park! Before we met, he had flown on a plane exactly once.

HE SKEPTIC IN ME kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sure, the mercury can hover around 6 degrees in winter, with the occasional dip below −30.

The molten center of the city’s Jucy Lucy hamburger can give you second-degree cheese burns. Still, as we drove past prim little cottages and stylish bungalows in handsome residential neighborhoods, we could so easily picture ourselves living here, planting flowers in the front yard, taking pottery classes at a local studio, and spending summer weekends on pontoon boats with our Minnesota Nice friends. magazine to spend a year hopping around Asia and Australia with my partner, Andrew.

It wasn’t like we rounded a bend on the highway and there she was — Minneapolis! ” we wondered, even though we already knew the answer.

— glowing in Technicolor while the rest of the world turned to gray. The first thing that sold us on Minneapolis and its sister city of St. One of my favorite things about living in New York was riding the subway and hearing conversations in 20 different languages.

Evangelism dominated my public schools in Georgia and North Carolina.The city’s groaning infrastructure couldn’t keep up with its growth.Despite having friends there, despite the blue-dot politics and cheerful locals and legendary barbecue, the pluses didn’t outweigh the minuses.Some suitors — like Asheville, North Carolina; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Sedona, Arizona — didn’t make it past the first date; they lacked some essential quality we demanded in a long-term partner.Other times we hit it off with a city early on, but the more we hung around, the more our differences punched through the surface. But after spending six weeks there, the rose-­colored glasses shattered and we saw what the tech boom had actually wrought: an inflated housing market, huge income disparities, and unbearable traffic.

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