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It is no secret that I am a born and bred California girl, and will be until the day I die. No matter how wonderful I think New York City is, I believe that the west coast will always be home to me. And after having to endure below 10 degree weather this morning while battling my way through winds en route to dance, I questioned once again why I would ever leave California in January. Besides the cold, cold weather, there are several other key (and not so key) differences between CA and NY that I noticed during the break – and have listed here for your enjoyment.

1. Having to wear long sleeves inside – what! Props to central heating in New York.

2. Nonfat versus Skim – When in New York, I used to order a “tall, nonfat latte, please” and hear in return “skim latte? Okay.” Then I got used to saying skim and I came back to California and ordered “tall, skim latte please” and got “Nonfat? Okay.” And now I’m back to saying nonfat and seeing weird looks again.

3. Methods of transportation – It was good to drive a car again! It’s like riding a bike, you never forget. (Sort of.) But after taking long, long BART trips to San Francisco and still having to drive around the city after public transportation, I dearly missed the MTA.

4. Cooking – I held a very short pity party for myself the day after I came back because I had to do my own grocery shopping and cook for myself again. At home, there are many people who cook for me – I felt like a princess at home. But then I remembered that eventually I have to do this not only for myself but also for my own family, and that shut down the pity party pretty quickly.

5. Warriors games on TV – I have slowly but (kind of) surely become a Golden State Warriors fan this winter break, due to attending my very first NBA game where the Warriors beat the Lakers. I’ll admit that I don’t really watch games by myself… only when other people are watching. But I like to pretend like I know what I’m talking about it and is pretty exciting watching Klay Thompson and Steph Curry rain down threes (see, I know what I’m talking about!) Too bad basketball games are broadcasted locally. DUB. NATION.

6. Family and friends and love in abundance – it was a very refreshing three weeks at home. I’m thankful to still have a “winter break,” when so many of my other friends are working already and only have a few days off for the holidays, and I’m even more thankful that I got to see them as often as I did.

I’m sure there’s more but the cold air is making my sinuses dry and making my head hurt so I shall stop here. I refuse to think of this list as a pros and cons list, and will continue to enjoy New York and not compare even though it is currently over 60 degrees in California!