It's hard to believe it's been more than two and a half months since I moved from Tampa, Florida to Portland, Maine. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's been a difficult transition. These are a few of the thoughts I remember having when I first arrived.

(1) What is the difference between moose, elk, deer, and caribou? I had to google this question, and I'm still confused.

(2) What is this archaic-looking fixture in my apartment? We definitely don't have any of these in Florida.

(Photo By Nikki Cruz/TSMG)
(Photo By Nikki Cruz/TSMG)

(3) What is L.L. Bean and why do people keep telling me to go there? Every day for the first two weeks I was here, my coworkers would point at me and say "L.L. Bean." I had never heard of it before moving here. Bean is not a thing in Florida.

(4) What are these strange duck shoes everyone is wearing? A woman I work with laughed at my cute UGG boots and told me point blank, "Those aren't going to work in Maine. You need a pair of the shoes I'm wearing." Where do I buy them? See #3.

(5) I just got here and it was already snowing. It looked like heavy snow to a Floridian, but I was told that it was a light dusting. And while we're on the topic, what is the difference between snow, sleet, flurries, and graupel? It all looks the same to me.

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