Where I’ve Lived

Today’s post is just a little bit about me. It’s not as interesting as baby squirrels, I think…


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Both of my parents are from California, but I was born in a small town in Missouri. Missouri is a state near the middle of the US. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The weather is kind of like Okayama, Japan, but the town I lived in is colder in the winter, and not as rainy in the summer. Compared to Pusan, Korea, the weather is warmer in the summer (but still not as rainy), and almost the same in the winter. (You can compare weather at Weather.com’s comparison site, but they don’t have information for every city outside the US. Wikipedia has information, too.) The town I was born in is very small–only about 12,500 people live there.

When I was little, we moved to Alabama, North Carolina, and then Kansas. This was because of my dad’s work.

Finally, we moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I lived there for about 12 years, and I went to college there. It had about 50,000 people then, but it’s bigger now.

All of these states have similar weather. There four seasons including a spring with pretty flowers, a hot and humid summer, an autumn with beautifully colored leaves, and a cool or cold winter. Sometimes there are bad storms. These states have a few big cities, but there’s a lot of countryside. You can see a lot of farms and natural areas.

Now I live in Fremont, California. It’s kind of near San Jose and San Francisco. The population of Fremont is about 220,000, but our city is next to a lot of other cities. It’s part of the San Francisco Bay Area (Wikipedia link — or Simple English version), which has more than 7 million people. The weather is totally different. This part of California has a special climate, which is similar to the area near the Mediterranean Sea. I’ll explain it more sometime, but for me, it was really strange at first!

Anyway, I’ve lived in California since 2000, although I spent 3 months in Taipei, Taiwan.

Where have you lived? You can tell me in the comments. I’d like to know.

If you have any questions about where I’ve lived, please feel free to ask.



Notes
Similar (adj.): Almost the same, very close. Ex. “That painting looks similar to the one we saw before.” (A more casual way to say it is “That painting looks like the one we saw before.”) “Some people say that song was copied from another band, but I don’t think the songs are very similar.”
Humid (adj.): This is when the air has a lot of water in it. The noun is “humidity.” Ex.: “It’s hotter in the desert than in the rain forest, but the rain forest is more humid.” “I try not to use my air conditioner, but when it’s hot and humid, I turn it on.”
Climate (n.): Average weather conditions and patterns (of a place). Weather is what’s happening this week; climate is what happens over years. Ex.: “Italy’s climate is perfect for growing grapes.” “She’s from a country with a hot climate, and she’s not used to snow.”

2 thoughts on “Where I’ve Lived”

  1. Hello.
    You moved a lot,didn’t you?
    You know both west-coast and the center of the US.
    Is there any difference between them?

    I live in a city in Chiba-prefecture.
    Chiba-prefecture is next to Tokyo.
    I have not moved out from here.
    I went to college in Tokyo,
    and I used to work there.
    My city has nothing apecial to see.
    Just a city. haha

    anyway,
    wherever you live in,home sweet home. (^_^)

  2. Hi! Thanks for your comment and question. Yes, the west coast and the center (people call North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas “the south”) are pretty different, besides the weather. In California, there are a lot more people who weren’t born in the US. There are also more Americans whose families or ancestors were not born in the US. As a result, there are a lot more international and multicultural restaurants and stores. There are Japanese supermarkets, Indian sari shops, Korean teahouses, Taiwanese bakeries, Russian delis, Filipino fast-food restaurants, Afghan buffets, and so on. It’s really fun. :) Japanese stuff is so popular here that even a lot of non-Asian American kids know how to use chopsticks and like to eat sushi. (Of course, you can get sushi in Arkansas, but only in bigger cities, and the quality is usually not very good–and many people don’t like it or will not try it.)

    On the other hand, there’s more pollution and worse traffic here. Other than the weather, I guess a lot of the differences are kind of typical “major coastal metroplitan area compared to interior rural area” differences.

    I haven’t been to Chiba, although I’ve been to Tokyo. I think every city has something interesting, although you might not notice it if you live there. ;) Actually, Chiba is famous to readers of English science fiction, because the writer William Gibson used it as one of the settings for his novels, especially his most famous one, Neuromacer (it’s a future kind of like Bladerunner).

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