Kristin, I was just browsing your page and noticed you are online and thought i would say hi. I am a fellow midwesterner, from illinois near chicago. (And before that Iowa and before that Missouri.) Love your pictures! Have you been in the chatroom?
Heya.. thanks for the add. Its nice to meet you. I am in Fenton, Michigan, playing the Mich. Renaissance Festival for the next 5 weekends....lol.... I saw Grand Rapids and had to send a friend request, thanks for accepting.
It's not so far from you, really. You could visit first and find your favorite place. Northern California is different than Southern California. Not better, not worse, just different. And, contrary to popular belief, we're mostly pretty down-to-earth people.
I think the biggest shock for folks that move out here is the different kinds of food. You name it, we have it: tons of Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Afghan, Mediterranean, Ethiopian... it's all here!