5 Things I Missed From My Hometown

5 Things I Missed From My Hometown

Let me tell you about a place not far at all.

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Every hometown has something that makes a person feel at home, or else it wouldn't be considered a "hometown." Once you've left for any certain amount of time, you find that there are places, people, and events that you begin to miss. I happen to be from Martinsburg, West Virginia, a town located in the eastern panhandle of the state. It may not seem like much, especially when you're there all the time, but let me tell you about some of the sights to see if you're ever in the area. Here are five things I look forward to when I come home for my Christmas break.

1. Shepherdstown

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One great thing about Martinsburg is the many historic places that surround it, Shepherdstown being one of my personal favorites. Established in 1762, this town saw the Civil war and now has many memorials. Among things to do here, there are artisan shops and great places to eat, from the Sweet Shop Bakery that used to be a hospital, to The Green Pineapple where you can get your fill of boba tea and other foods. If you're looking for a view however, head up to the Rumsey Monument and Rumsey rock to watch the sunset over the Potomac river.

2. Harpers Ferry 

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Yet another historic place in the vicinity, this one, I'm sure others have heard more of from their history classes. Harpers Ferry is located where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet and was a key site in the 1859 abolitionist raid. You can make a day trip out of walking the town, reading about it, having a picnic, and for those who like an adventure, taking a hike. Just across the river is Maryland Heights, and from the cliff face you can look out over all of Harpers Ferry.

3. Spring Mills 

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Spring Mills and the Falling Waters area is where I've spent most of my time for the last four years. I graduated from Spring Mills High School and was a member of the marching band for the entire time. Between school and band, I spent a fair number of weeks and weekends there. I often look forward to seeing my friends that have not yet graduated when I come home.

4. Dungeons and Dragons 

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Say what you will about us "nerds" but when we come back from our respective colleges, we will sit down at a table for five hours with papers, dice, and snacks shooting fire bolts at hobgoblins. We started playing our first campaign almost two years ago and we always have a blast enjoying each other's company no matter the adventure at hand.

5. Clearbrook's Winter Wonderland 

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When winter time comes around, the lights go up in Clearbrook Park. Here you can take your family, friends, and significant others to spend a couple hours walking through the twelve days of Christmas, meeting Santa, and listening to your favorite holiday hits. Bring some hot chocolate though, it can get a little chilly.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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