Microsoft part is expected - been there. Rent... Well, I'm thinking about doing the move myself but it's clear to me that housing is rather the same there as in SF at least. PA is out of charts of course.
As sad as it may sound, if you are in tech and have no family, there is absolutely no benefit of moving to Seattle area. Tons of CA ppl moved to WA, which made that place as lame.
Relocated 3 months ago. I ended up liking it more than I expected. I do miss sun and warmth here and there, and sunsetting by 3:30-4pm is depressing, but overall I enjoy living by lakeside, Pacific Northwest landscape, nice people, fresh seafood, tons of local apple cider, and having a lot of outdoor sport options (I have never been an outdoor person in my entire life!).
Finally started to settle down, so the next goal is to understand seasonal produces and cooking in PNW. Also investing in quality winter clothes. Trying to find good restaurants for dishes I enjoy.
This relocation was to seek a major life change, and I am trying to make most of it by trying things I have never done in California. I mean, living within an hour drive range to the nearest ski resort and 2.5 hour drive to Vancouver/Portland? That is pretty cool to me :-)
Two major downsides (personally) are the increased cost (both time & money) to warm vacation spots, and Sea-Tac air traffic congestion. CA to Cabo was so quick before, not anymore ;_; instead I got the shorter air travel to East Asia and the Alaska cruise. I hope I will get to see Aurora Borelis in northern Canada at some point.
Disclaimer: I do fly down to CA at least once a month so I guess I do get extra sun. Round trip costs more $ though :(
Geoduck! Haha just kidding. I don't think I would practice my knife skills with shellfish that is not oyster ;)
Nothing special in terms of "local". More interested in cooking what it in season! For instance, now is a good time for crabs. Salmon for the summer, and as a big Maui onion fan, I want to experiment with local Walla Walla onions :D
Agree with this ^. Seems like everyone moving to Seattle is doing it as a step in their career, but don’t plan on staying here for the long run. Everyone wants to do their time here and move back to the bay, tx or east coast.