When I moved to Oregon as a newlywed, I knew very little about the place. I had only ever visited there once — for three days to apartment hunt, interview for a job, and visit my fiance. And once I actually moved there, I found that most of what I thought I knew about it was false.
Coming from the sunny, conservative state of Georgia, Oregon was about as far away as you could get within the continental states. And it was equally far away in cultural and political climates, not to mention the weather itself.