This summer I decided to take a trip to Boise. (Which—side note—the locals pronounce with a sibilant "s": "BOY-see.")
"Why do you want to go there?" many people asked, including my husband.
Let's see: Because I've heard lots of good things about it. Because I could get a direct flight on my favorite airline, Southwest. Because I've never been there before and now that I'm living in Colorado, it's pretty darn close. Mostly, because I'm a freelancer, and so I CAN.
So I got a flight, arranged a handful of meetings with Boise folks who might need a copywriter, booked a tiny little Airbnb house, and rented a car.
To my frustration, my workload burgeoned during this trip, so I spent many, many hours at the kitchen table of my Airbnb typing out persuasive prose. But I also managed to get out and about a bit. Here are a few of the things I enjoyed.
- Lots of folks fleeing San Francisco's ridiculously expensive real estate situation have moved to Boise and hiked up prices.
- Not a lot of bumper stickers in this town.
- No shortage of Caucasians.
- Boise has an enclave of Basque people. Next time I go, I will need to visit the Basque Museum and Cultural Center.
- Boise has license plates that say, "Famous Potatoes."
To me, traveling is one of the greatest perks of freelancing. Next stop: Austin!