Things I'll miss about living in Durham

Things, moments, and places - not people. In no particular order.

  • Lunchtime walks to Parker and Otis, to eat tuna salad and giggle at their incredible collection of handmade cards (with sayings like "I love your stupid face")
  • Nostalgic charcuteries at Mateo (their local ham is basically meat butter) that remind me of the night I knew I wanted to keep Jeff around
  • The meyer lemon pizza at Toro (pleeeeeeaaaaase, meyer lemons, be in season before I leave so I can eat this one last time)
  • Chai hot toddies at Beyu Caffe (I could really go for one right now - too bad it's 9:30 am)
  • Trader Joe's, in all of its glory. The wine tastings where I find delicious 10-dollar bottles, the candy cane green tea that is my winter obsession, the syrah soaked toscano cheese, and the happy feeling I get every time I walk inside
  • Running the American Tobacco Trail, a route I know so well that I mark the miles by "that funny looking tree" and "10 paces past where it intersects at Juliette"
  • Falling asleep in front of the fire at my aunt's house (or my mom's house, or my grandmother's house)
  • Nonexistent security lines at the RDU airport
  • The American Tobacco Campus, all lit up at night
  • Random 70-degree days in December
  • Trips to Cape Lookout on my uncle's boat
  • Waterskiing the Intracoastal Waterway, minutes from my stepdad's marina
  • Fast-paced Carolina Hurricanes games, usually ended with an L (but also a smile)
  • Dollar hot dog night at the Durham Bulls (with craft beers and Rise donuts)
  • Kayaking Carrot Island amidst dolphins and wild horses
  • Picnics by the lake (pick a lake, any lake)
  • Hikes along the Eno River
  • Day trips to Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain

All cherished moments, soon to be happy memories.


Taylor Coil is traveling the world with Remote Year, living in 12 countries in 12 months, while working as a marketing manager. Follow along to read more philosophies on work, stories from the road, and general (mis)adventures. Sign up for the weekly email, or else read more from the blog.