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South Carolina Pt. II

- Elaine

Well, it’s been a while…but it’s never too late to talk about the South!

After Emily and I left the diner after leaving the airport, we arrived at Emily’s wonderful home. It looks just like any other house from the North (woah!) and it’s a pretty cool place.

However, during my stay I noticed quite a few subtle differences between life in the North (where I’m from) and life in the South, where Emily now lives. Here are some of them:

1. There is a lot of space. Open space, open highways, empty parking lots…. I guess I’m used to the density of good old New Jersey, but I must say it was rather surprising to have to actually drive everywhere instead of walking.

2. Apparently some places don’t have towns? Emily technically doesn’t live in a specified town, although her mailing address has her in Columbia, South Carolina. She lives outside the city in a cool complex-thing that actually isn’t part of Columbia. I still don’t get it, but hey, the South’s gotta do what the South’s gotta do…

3. They have outdoor malls! Emily and I got kind of bored because it was too hot to do anything, so we went to the mall. There was a really cool outdoor mall nearby and it was quite a difference from the massive multi-level monsters of the North. This one had a courtyard area and some nice walkways that connected every store, and although it was one of the sweatiest days of my life, it was well worth it.

4. Many of the girls there are blonde. It may have been that particular group, or that one high school, but most of the girls on Emily’s track team were blonde, which was quite a change. I don’t see many (true) blondes in New Jersey, but it seems to me that they flourish in the part of South Carolina where Emily lives.

5. They love their state flag. I have never EVER seen the New Jersey state flag anywhere other than on a flag pole in front of town hall or some other important building, but let me tell ya: The palmetto and crescent moon of South Carolina are EVERYWHERE. I saw it on mugs, shirts, bumper stickers, notebooks, etc. etc.

Honestly, I ran out of startling things to tell you since it’s been a while since I’ve been to the South. If you go there yourself, though, you’ll find a warm, welcoming world is waiting for you.

Check out the first part of her trip here.

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