If you have any preconceived notions of the way things will be when moving to a new city, you might be surprised. It can be very surprising, even in the City of Good Neighbors.

It's funny to listen to someone who isn't from Buffalo describe it.  The weather is cold, all we eat is wings, and all we drink is Tim Horton's coffee, and we live and breathe Buffalo Bills football. Sound about right?  That's it in a nutshell.  Well, kind of, but even that isn't all true.

Put the shoe on the other foot for a second. There's a good chance that you have a guess about what cities in other parts of the country are like.  There's also a good chance that you're completely wrong.  Until you've lived somewhere for a while, it's hard to really get a feel for the place, the people, the food, and the culture.

One thing is for sure, there are plenty of things that people think about our city that are just not true. For people who live here, there are things that we tend to think about our city that isn't true either.  I learned this from asking people who recently moved to Buffalo what their biggest shock was after being here for a year or so.

Some of them make you proud to live where you do.  Others are a little disheartening.  To have people move here and say that everything you believed about the people isn't necessarily true can be a tough pill to swallow.  Luckily, not all of these things are facts.  They're the opinion of a few people.  But it's interesting to see our city through someone else's eyes sometimes too.

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