12 Things I Learned Living in Nebraska for 5 Months
My first assignment as a traveling tech I went to the small town of Grant, Nebraska. It was a town that I had never heard of before or ever dreamed of seeing. I mean honestly I’m not even sure if I ever would have spent any time in Nebraska at all if it wouldn’t have been for me taking a traveling position. When my recruiter first told me about it I looked up the town to see what I could find about it. It was a lot smaller than home and everything was farther away, but after thinking about it I decided why not.
I packed up my things and me and my fiance started on our road trip to the mid west. Now that I have been here for almost 5 Months. I decided to think about some of the different things I have learned while being here.
1.) First Lesson- It can go from beautiful outside to white out blizzard in 30 minutes. Learned this the hard way when I was on my way home from dropping my fiance off at the airport. I wrecked my car!!
2.) Runzas are amazing!!! This is definitely only a Nebraska thing. When I was first told about them I didn’t think they would be that big of a deal, but they really are delicious!!
3.) If you like watching thunderstorms at home. I am pretty sure they will not compare to the storms in Nebraska. They are incredible.
4.) My favorite things to see when I’m driving to and from different places are the sunrises and sunsets. They are absolutely breathtaking. I tried and tried to take pictures but none of them do it justice.
5.) Life doesn’t always have to be complicated. It is so laid back here. People are so willing to help you out. Everyone waves or says hello. Everyone was so inviting, and when I thought it would be hard to get used to living in such a small place it was way easier than I could have ever imagined. Everyone was so happy to tell me things I could do or check out.
6.)This one isn’t necessarily a good thing, but I did learn what to do if there is a tornado. This was something I had absolutely no clue about, other than from watching the movie twister when I was little.
7.) What it is like to actually get to know your patients, care for them, and have them appreciate you. It was so nice actually getting to learn about my patients and know their names and have them know mine. They would ask me about home and when Matt was flying in next. One old man was so happy when he found out that Matt proposed, and would always ask me how the wedding planning was going and what our plans were for the future.
8.)Small towns have the coolest restaurants. Our favorite was the Front Street Grill, but during all our road trips we always tried to stop at the little mom and pop restaurants to eat. They always seem to have some of the best food and you get to talk to a lot of cool people.
9.) Nebraska has the best steaks. Not much else to say about it, I am sure going to miss them.
10.) Another Nebraska favorite is the Cinnamon Roll and Chili combo. It is a thing and it is amazing.
11.) Everything closes around 5 and don’t forget about the time changes. This was such a hard thing for me to get used to. After awhile you just learn to plan around it. Plus, its kinda nice when everything actually is closed on a Sunday.
12.) The Oregon Trail game has nothing on what the real Oregon Trail would have been like. I could not even begin to imagine, but it is pretty cool to see the different places and markers they used.
Bonus 13: Lake Mcconaughy is the perfect place to get engaged 😉
Nebraska turned out to be a pretty interesting place with a lot of history! I met so many amazing people that I certainly will never, ever forget! I do hope in the future I have the chance to go back and see some of the things I missed and to visit all of the friends I made. Grant, Nebraska will always have a special place in my heart <3.