It's Spring, Dammit!
New Englanders have to put up with a lot of rotten weather from Autumn through Spring. Granted, there are - here and there - some lovely fall, winter and spring days, but by and large, it's cold and crappy from November until mid-to-late April. So when Spring arrives - Spring being defined as the time when you don't have to wear your down parka anymore, we New Englanders celebrate by spending some time outdoors. Going to the beach, biking, camping, hiking, whatever. Well, OK, most people might say that it's still cold and crappy out, but to us, it's Spring, Dammit! And we're going to play outside!!!Related to:
Church Communities give helping hands!
If you're looking for something to do in a small town, look to the Church bulletins for any in town activities going on. Church suppers, dances, social gatherings of different kinds can lead you to new friends and a fun time!
They are also very supportive if you find yourself in need of temporay help. People in small town America can be very compassionate and caring people!
As much as I hate to say or...
As much as I hate to say or admit this, foreigners are not always treated equally up here. Though this is far from a universal rule, many people are clear headed enough to treat everyone as an equal. However, white New England folk are the norm, people of other cultures just stand out - really. This is not a race issue, it applies to people with accents from the South or basically anyone who doesn't fit the norm. I'm not saying you would be treated unfairly or assulted or made fun of - you will just on occasion, get very impolite stares, I see it all the time. You really have no idea unless you've been here and actually pay attention. So it probably isn't a racism thing, but more of an - oh-my-God - how to I deal with a person from another culture!
It's hard to explain really, and I also find myself (after living here for 3 years) shocked by the racial and cultural diversity of other cities and regions. You just get used to everyone looking and acting the same culturally, up here its White - European/British-descent Americanism. I'm curious to see if anyone agrees or disagrees. But I think it's a great cultural tip that goes left unspoken.
Oh, one more thing, if you're planning to visit and are an arrogant swine (think high-powered executive know it all type) and think the world belongs to you - visit somewhere else. We don't need you up here, and you quite frankly will not have a good time!
People in New Hampshire are...
People in New Hampshire are perfectly friendly, but not warm and certainly not effusive. Natives will often answer questions with a laconic 'aayup' or 'nope.' Don't be offended.
New Hampshire state-run liquor stores are great places to stock up on booze. Alcoholic beverages usually sell for quite a few dollars less than elsewhere, except for wine, and I wouldn't know about beer, and the stores are conveniently placed for tourists alongside Rte. 93 near the Massachusetts border.
Not really a cultural tip, but...
Not really a cultural tip, but take time to appreciate the beauty of the nature around you. See the struggle for survival that the local plantlife has trying to dig its roots around the many rocks to reach the meagre soil in order to grow. It really makes quite an impression on you if you take the time.
Autumn in NH
New Hampshire has always been an agricultural state. There are many large dairy farms here, as well as feed and grain farms. A nice thing about NH is the country side and in the fall NH can be best known for its leaf peeping.Related to:
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You MUST paddle a canoe
No doubt about it, you haven't been to Lake Winnepesauke until you've taken a canoe out on the lake....and probably fallen overboard! Part of the fun.Related to:
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EVER SEE A DOG GO SURFIN?
Our friends have a Jack Russell terrier who loves to stand out on the surf board. Looks like he's ready to go. I don't know if anyone has ever challenged him to a real speedy ride. :-)Related to:
What's a Rotary?
When asking directions and they say go to the rotary, they mean a traffic circle or in Europe, it's a roundabout.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
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