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March 21st, 2017 by MichiganLiving 5 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Michigan

Michigan is truly different and unique compared to other state. Aside from the crazy weather and few weird laws that are still in effect nowadays, The Mitten State also has its own share of unique characteristics and traits that you won’t see anywhere else.

If you are about to move in Michigan, here are few things that you might find odd at first. But don’t worry; sooner or later you will also learn how to live with them.

Michigan Lake

Wearing shorts year-round even at the coldest weather.

In Michigan, you’ll find plenty of people wearing shorts while clearing out their snow-covered pathways. It’s totally normal especially if the person is a true-blooded Michigander. The cold weather doesn’t bother them at all and if you stay in Michigan for good, you will surely learn this kind of habit as well.

There’s no soda in Michigan, only pop.

In Michigan, soda is called pop. You might find it hard at first to say pop instead of soda but after few years or so of staying and living in Michigan, it will surely become a habit.

People will talk to you even if you don’t know them personally.

If you are moving to Michigan from a big state or city that is not known for friendly charm and hospitality, you might be surprised when strangers started waving and talking to you on the street. Don’t worry about it as it’s a good ole’ Michigan thing.

Michigan lefts are not that complicated

For outsiders, turning left in the middle of the highway is quite odd and confusing, but not for Michiganders. So once you immerse yourself in Michigan, you will surely get used to the art of Michigan left.

Vernor’s can cure your upset stomach

Stomach pain? Don’t expect a Michigander to drink medicine for it! They’ll just grab a bottle of Vernor’s to cure it! Michiganders considers Vernor’s as an effective medicine alternative, and it’s really delicious too! Once you are settled in Michigan, do stock up some Vernor’s in your house.

These are just few of the many “Michigan thing” that you’ll learn once you are settled in The Mitten State.


22 responses to “5 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Michigan”

  1. robin Rue says:

    Same in Boston. Most us wear shorts or t-shirts in the winter 🙂

  2. tara pittman says:

    Good info to know! The Vernors is great tasting soda pop!

  3. Shirley says:

    I like the post and this is something which is must to know if you are moving to Michigan. Informative post.

  4. anvita says:

    wow, I had no clue about the shorts. I actually enjoyed reading the post as I got to learn something new today.

  5. adriana says:

    I’ve never heard of Vernor’s, how cool! I’ve never been to Michigan but it seems like a great place to live or travel to. Great post!

  6. I’m right across the border and yes we do wear shorts even in the coldest weather!

  7. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is really fun to read! I like learning more about the differences in each state or city. I love that the people are friendly and approachable.

  8. I wish I could wear comfy clothes during the cold weather! Lol. I think it’s adorable that they refer to soda as pop! It was nice reading this post! Thanks!

  9. I will never get the wearing shorts in the freezing cold. But to each his own. The Vernor’s drink sounds so interesting. I wonder if they sell it elsewhere.

  10. Amy Jones says:

    I’ve always thought Michigan seemed like a nice place to live at, Thanks for this little piece of advice!

  11. Sarah Bailey says:

    I want to visit Michigan and drink Vernor’s Ginger Ale. Haha! It sounds like a chill place.

  12. Really interesting information about living in Michigan. I was surprised to know that the locals wear shorts in the winter! Wow! I love the friendly, hospital charm though. It would be a nice place to stay then.

  13. Jay Simms says:

    I already get super stressed driving in traffic. I couldn’t imagine this Michigan Left thing.

  14. Tammy says:

    I’ve never been to that part of the country but it looks so beautiful.

  15. Becki says:

    All tru-ish, but I’ll never be comfortable wearing shorts in winter. But I do see people wear them…. And yay for Vernors!

  16. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is all great and true information about moving to Michigan. I was born and raised in Upper MIchigan. I love that you mentioned about a total stranger talking to you even though you don’t know them because that is us being yoopers. Thanks for sharing the information.

  17. Marcie W. says:

    It’s fun to learn new facts about places I have yet to visit. I live near the west coast and definitely do not do well in cold weather.

  18. Bel says:

    I’m not in the US and they do this thing of strangers speaking to you. It has its pros and cons but either way it’s funny. As for soda back at home, sometimes we call it ‘mineral’.

  19. All cool stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Rachel says:

    Ha! I went to college in Michigan and those left hand turns totally threw me. I also still say soda. 🙂

  21. krystal says:

    I didn’t know that Vernors was a thing, sounds funny! I wear shorts all the time but I am in Florida 😉

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