Pittsburgh February 16, 2018
11 Things No One Tells You About Living In Pittsburgh
Living in Pittsburgh’s a pretty good deal, don’t you think? We’re surrounded by friendly people. There’s always plenty to do no matter what your interests. And, the food…Well, Pittsburgh’s got itself ranked as one of
the cities to go for foodies. Life is pretty good here. But, there are a few things no one tells you about living in the Burgh. (Good news is they’re pretty much all positive things.)
1. Pittsburghers are the best.
Let’s just make that clear from the start. Pittsburghers are awesome. Kind. Friendly. Loyal. Always ready with a helping hand. Anyone who visits or who moves to the Burgh quickly finds out just what makes the city so special: Pittsburghers.
2. We speak a very distinct language…
That language is, of course, Pittsburghese. We use words and phrases that others might not be used to or even understand, at least at first. Yinz. Jagoff. Dahthan. Redd up. You get the idea.
3. Refer to the city with affectionate nicknames and…
Everyone knows it as Pittsburgh. But, we yinzers, call it by plenty of nicknames like the Burgh, Sixburgh, and the Steel City. What is your favorite nickname for Pittsburgh?
4. Don’t take kindly to those who insult the Burgh.
We love Pittsburgh. Sometimes, though, we’ll get upset and insult the city. But, that’s okay because, well, it’s
our city. If a stranger starts bad mouthing the Burgh, watch out. We don’t take too kindly to that.
5. Summer isn’t really an accurate term and...
Pittsburgh experiences its fair share of heat, humidity, and downright sweltering days. But, to call it summer might be considered inaccurate. Really, those warmer months would be more aptly described as construction season.
6. Always expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather.
You can never really get bored in Pittsburgh. There’s so much to do – indoors and outdoors – and the weather will keep you on your toes. Yinzers can attest to that, going to bed with warmer winter temperatures only to wake up to inches of snow on the ground. Expect the unexpected and you’ll be just fine.
is the day to shop unless…
If you’re not a Steelers fan, that is. Everyone’s at the stadium or gathered around televisions at home or at local restaurants and bars. That means the roads are generally traffic-free. And, the stores? You’ll zip through your grocery or whatever other shopping you do.
8. You’re shopping for a car.
You can go window shopping for a car on Sunday, of course, but you won’t find an open dealership anywhere. It’s illegal to buy a vehicle on Sundays in PA and has been since the late 1960s.
9. Parking downtown
canbe a nightmare…
Especially during special events. Be prepared to pay some pretty hefty prices. Or, arrive in town early so you can find a lot that offers decent pricing and plenty of open spots.
10. Traffic on the parkway is pretty much a given.
Unless you’re driving in the middle of the night, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have to deal with some traffic. Morning and evening rush hour can be a nightmare as can traffic on the days of big sporting events in town. That doesn’t even take into consideration the habit that many Pittsburghers have of slowing to nearly a complete stop when they approach the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
11. Once you’re here, you won’t ever want to leave.
Pittsburgh is just an awesome place to live. It offers plenty to do, a spectacular array of restaurants and activities, and the people are some of the best. What more could you ask for?
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