Pittsburgh January 20, 2017
17 Things Everyone Who’s Moved Away From Pittsburgh Has Thought At Least Once
Dorothy had the right idea when she clicked her heels and uttered those famous words, “There’s no place like home.” Pittsburghers, those who live here and those who have moved away, know that when it comes down to it Pittsburgh will always be a part of who we are. If you’ve moved away from Pittsburgh, you’ve likely felt the pangs of homesickness for all that makes our city so amazing. Here are 17 things people miss when they move away from Pittsburgh.
1. You just can’t find the same rolling hills…
Even pumping your bike up the steepest of hills doesn’t seem so bad when you’re surrounded by such beauty.
2. The brilliant splash of autumn…
Just about everywhere you go the Pittsburgh landscape is painted by fall’s colors, creating the perfect backdrop for all of the autumn activities in the area, from visiting pumpkin patches to climbing aboard hay rides.
3. The beauty of winter and...
As long as we’ve got our supply of bread, milk, and toilet paper, we can handle just about anything in the winter, including the harrowing drives in the snow.
4. The sweet smell of spring anywhere else.
Spring, of course, officially kicks off every year when the Buccos hit the field in their home opener.
5. There’s just no place like Pittsburgh in the summer.
Sure, your hair will wage a daily battle against humidity, but it’s well worth it when you remember those blissful summer days in the Burgh.
6. Soaring down the Thunderbolt at Kennywood…
Summer just isn’t summer in Pittsburgh without a trip or two to Kennywood – and an order of Potato Patch Fries drenched in cheese and topped with crispy bacon.
7. Cooling off at Sandcastle or SoakZone…
Stroll the boardwalk at Sandcastle before climbing on one of the thrill rides or enjoy a slow meander down the lazy river at Idlewild & SoakZone.
8. Watching Fourth of July fireworks from the river…
No one does the Fourth of July fireworks like Pittsburgh.
9. Eating pierogis, kielbasa, and funnel cakes at the summer church fairs…
Mid-summer means church fairs! And church fairs mean plenty of bounce houses and games for the kiddos and bingo, flea markets, and delicious food for the adults.
10. Running after the ice cream truck and…
Every time you hear the melody of an ice cream truck, do the memories of childhood summers in the Burgh come rushing back?
11. Catching lightning bugs after dark then setting them free.
Nothing quite defined summer like waiting until the sun went down and the lightning bugs started lighting up the sky. And…if you were patient, you would catch one, watch it light up as you carefully cupped it in your hands, and then let it fly free again.
12. We’ve got the BEST sports fan in the country – maybe even the world – bar none.
Is there any doubt?
13. We know good food and…
Isaly’s chipped ham, pierogis, sandwiches topped with coleslaw and fries, Eat ‘N Park’s smiley cookies, fried zucchini…and the list goes on. And, admit it, they just don’t taste the same unless you’re in the Burgh.
14. Good drink in Pittsburgh.
What’s your favorite Pittsburgh drink? Do you prefer a slush of mixed cherry and coke or a cold Iron City Beer?
15. Pittsburgh has just about the best city skyline in the country, if not the world.
Just look at that photo. Are words really needed?
16. No one really understands our language except, well, fellow yinzers.
Yinz know what I’m talking about.
17. You just can’t find people as friendly as yinzers.
How many times have you struck up a conversation with a stranger – who quickly became a friend – while waiting in line at the store, for the bus, or at a restaurant? Pittsburghers are inherently friendly.
Okay, fellow yinzers
both here in the Burgh and far away, what else would you add to this list things people miss when they move away from Pittsburgh? This list, of course, just scratches the surface of all the great things we’ll miss so share your thoughts below for a possible part two.