Over the years, people have asked me what it is like to live in Minnesota. I usually tell them that it is a boring and extremely cold state. Most Taiwanese are used to the metropolitan lifestyle and tropical to subtropical weather to be able to imagine living in a state with winter as long as 7 months and downtown activity that dies down around 5pm.
If you truly like winter and winter sports such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow-sledding, snow-tubing, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, ice-skating, snow-sculpting, dog-sledding, glacier walking, playing ice hockey, sleigh riding, building snow forts or snowmen, and making snow angels, or if you always want to have a white Christmas, you might find Minnesota a paradise like my son. My son, who was born in winter, wishes that it snows every day. He is a true winter boy. His mom sure picks the right place for him to live. Minnesota winters are tedious and cold. However, nothing shuts down even when snow storms strike. Temperatures well below freezing are just run-of-the-mill. You may see snow as early as in October and as late as in April. If you cannot endure 7 months of winter, the below zero degree temperature with windchill factor and the constant snow storms, Minnesota is not the place for you. I don’t think that you can stand hibernating for over half of the year.