Connecticut?

You would think that two states in New England wouldn’t be that different. After all, the only thing that separates Vermont from Connecticut is a 45 minute stretch of I-91 through Massachusetts. But Vermont and Connecticut definitely have different vibes.

Why am I even talking about Connecticut? Well, my parents moved to the Nutmeg state (did you know that people from Connecticut are called Nutmegers?) in November, and so this time when I went “home” I went to a house in Connecticut that I had never seen before. But I loved it, and even though it was a completely new house, it instantly felt like home because all of our old furniture was there, and most importantly, my entire family was there to greet me.

Though I love my parents new house and neighborhood, I wasn’t so excited about officially becoming a Nutmeger by renewing my driver’s licence in Connecticut. I was even less excited when it cost $124 (dollars, not pesos). And then everywhere I went I had to show my ID to drink alcohol (SO not used to that after living in Chile for so long) I felt like explaining that I wasn’t really from Connecticut. But I’d rather focus on the positive, so here it goes…

The best thing that I’ve discovered about Connecticut so far is an awesome walking trail that runs from Manchester towards the East, and will eventually reach Providence, Rhode Island. It’s an old railroad bed, and it’s perfect for walking, running, biking, and horse back riding.

Ruby loves walking the rail trail.

I walked different parts of the trail twice with my Mom. My favorite part was going through an old railroad tunnel that goes under Route 44.

My mom leaving the tunnel.

I am excited about eventually spending more time near where my parents live to discover more about CT, because I am sure there is more to it than meets the eye, i.e. huge malls, people driving BMWs and package stores. But that will have to wait until next time. 🙂

My doggies and me.

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14 thoughts on “Connecticut?

  1. Dear Abby,

    Home is where the heart is and you will probably always be a Vermonter in your heart, but give The Nutmeg State a try….there’s WAY more than big malls. 🙂

    I like the pictures of your walking trail, I have never been there but it looks worth a visit. I also like your cute doggie.

    Morgan

    (1/2 Nutmegger 1/2 Jersey Girl)

    • Thanks for commenting Morgan! I do look forward to finding more great things about Connecticut, it was hard because I didn’t have very much time there!

    • Haha my Dad just told me who you were!! You should definitely check out the walking trail, my mom goes all the time with the dogs and it’s really nice. And yes, Ruby is quite cute. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  2. Dear Abby,

    Home is where the heart is and you will probably always be a Vermonter in your heart, but give The Nutmeg State a try….there’s WAY more than big malls. 🙂

    I like the pictures of your walking trail, I have never been there but it looks worth a visit. I also like your cute doggie.

    Morgan

    (1/2 Nutmegger 1/2 Jersey Girl)

    • Thanks for commenting Morgan! I do look forward to finding more great things about Connecticut, it was hard because I didn’t have very much time there!

    • Haha my Dad just told me who you were!! You should definitely check out the walking trail, my mom goes all the time with the dogs and it’s really nice. And yes, Ruby is quite cute. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  3. I’m glad you’re settled there, hun. 🙂 I don’t know how I’d react if I went home to visit my parents and they’d moved to another place.

    • It’s actually the second time this has happened to me…my parents have moved a lot lately, but the other time it was within VT, so it was more familiar.

  4. I’m glad you’re settled there, hun. 🙂 I don’t know how I’d react if I went home to visit my parents and they’d moved to another place.

    • It’s actually the second time this has happened to me…my parents have moved a lot lately, but the other time it was within VT, so it was more familiar.

  5. Is that license made of gold?? I remember renewing mine in Minnesota and it cost $26…or was it $29? Anyway, I thought that was expensive. I never changed my residency in Texas because Texas has some weird requirements. But I would so love to surprise people with driver’s license from the Lone Star State.

    I enjoyed your pictures.

    • My thoughts exactly re: the license. In Vermont it costs something like $35. They say it’s because it’s valid for 6 years instead of 4, but I don’t think that justifies the cost, at all. CT is an expensive state to live in.

  6. Is that license made of gold?? I remember renewing mine in Minnesota and it cost $26…or was it $29? Anyway, I thought that was expensive. I never changed my residency in Texas because Texas has some weird requirements. But I would so love to surprise people with driver’s license from the Lone Star State.

    I enjoyed your pictures.

    • My thoughts exactly re: the license. In Vermont it costs something like $35. They say it’s because it’s valid for 6 years instead of 4, but I don’t think that justifies the cost, at all. CT is an expensive state to live in.

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