Tell us something about your country or city that we might not know.

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Post # 77
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Busy Beekeeper

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JsDragonfly :  hi, ‘neighbor’!

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missviolet92 :  I’m (outside of) a small town in NW New Mexico.  It has a national monument.  It also apparently has a world famous plastic welding shop.  I can’t fathom why. We are basically in the middle of nowhere, 3+ hours from the closest real city.  Well known for apple orchards until someone figured out they’d get a better deal on natural gas.

Post # 78
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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skunktastic :  If my googling skills are correct, we really are neighbors!  I head over to your neck of the woods when I need to get my shopping fix 🙂

Post # 79
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Helper bee

Fun fact about Michigan – we have the largest Middle Eastern population outside the Middle East! I’m Persian, but the majority are Lebanese, Chaldean, Syrian, and Yemeni. It makes for an awesome food culture and a really great way to learn about other places right in your own backyard!

Post # 80
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Bee Keeper

I live in horse country. It’s not unusual to come across someone riding a horse on the streets around our home, and most people know to drive slowly so as not to spook the horses. The USET is here, and Jacqueline Kennedy used to fox hunt here. I’ve seen the Johnson & Johnson heirs while walking my dog. They were very friendly and riding a carriage with a team of several horses. My dog was seriously freaked out. And before he was divorced, James Gandolfini lived within walking distance, I once almost ran him and his son down because he was walking in the middle of the street on a blind curve. I think I got a white hair after that experience.

Post # 81
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

ummmm… I live in a college town…. The actor Jason Lee lives here and owns a goat farm.  Thhhaaatss about it lol. It is actually a great town, just the right size for me, lots of interesting people and always something to do.

Post # 82
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

marlamallow :  So true! I think a lot of people, based on stereotypes, assume LA is a pretty homogenous place but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The diversity here is incredible.

I live in Beverly Hills and here are some cool facts that people may not know:

-we got the first 24 hour cupcake ATM in the world (at Sprinkle’s cupcakes)

-the very first and original Cheesecake Factory is also here

-the Beverly Hills PD can respond in record time (less than a minute)

-The city was a lima bean ranch back in the day

Post # 83
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

 

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missviolet92 :  We are going to New Zealand and Tasmania (stopping in Sydney at the end of our cruise) for our honeymoon and CANNOT wait!!

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Busy Beekeeper

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graced :  I never would have guessed this. What on earth is the appeal of Michigan to folks from the Middle East? The ridiculous climate change? My husband whines about having four seasons now that he’s no longer in California, lol

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Helper bee

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skunktastic :  The auto companies! Engineers from the Middle East flock here cause the pay to cost of living ratio is awesome – so that’s a big part of it. Also Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company sponsored several visa programs for Middle Eastern American immigrants from about 1900 to 1940 so a lot of them came then. The most recent influx is also due to all the medical research that happens around Michigan – there are a lot of top hospitals and those attract a lot of Middle Eastern physicians.

It’s really great! I love having a Middle Eastern community around (even if not Persian!) and I have to say that 24/7 access to great shawarma and Yemeni coffee is a huge plus!

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