We get the pain. Sometimes you have to move away. But there will always be things you miss about Philadelphia.
For many reasons, people sometimes have to move away from Philadelphia. It’s a pain like no other, especially for those who’ve been here since birth. It’s one of those things no one can prepare you for until you do it.
The rest of the world isn’t like what we have here. They just don’t do things like we do ’em. From food, to culture, to social scenes, the rest of the world just feels so…weird.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not right, it’s not wrong, it’s just different. Other places are entitled to their own things. But when you’re a lifelong Philadelphian, everything everyone else does feels so foreign. How do you expect a Philadelphian to thrive in an environment that DOESN’T put thinly sliced steak smothered with cheese on a fluffy seeded roll? Or an environment that DOES, but does it SO wrong?
There’s more to the culture shock than cheesesteaks, too. You find yourself in a hostile environment that doesn’t like your favorite sports team. Heck, they may even HATE your favorite sports team! Such blasphemy. They may even hate our icons, like Rocky. They may not have even watched the movie. It’s exhausting.
Others don’t live like we do. So as a Philly transplant in another area of the country or world, you’re bound to miss what we have here. It’s the curse of coming from a great city with rich culture and amazing food. We understand your pain, and hopefully can put it into words for you.