1. Not judging a place before you get to know it.
Growing up in a place people often can’t find on the map (or if they can, then just associating it with corn fields and frigid winters), gives us locals an appreciation for not making blind assumptions. Prince, Atmosphere, Poliça, the Coen brothers, Charles Schultz, and F. Scott Fitzgerald have all come from the Twin Cities. But what really makes the Twin Cities great are all the things that outsiders don’t even think about, like that sense of community on the first Spring day when everyone is smiling and making a point to play outside and revel in the fact that we’ve survived another winter.
So when I go to other parts of the world, I know it may be much more awesome that it initially appears.