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I’m a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.

There is live music on many street corners, and it’s actually pretty good.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
I came across a number of talented musicians. 
Casey Clark

Contrary to the cacophony of street performers in Times Square, the live music in Kansas City was amazing.

Everywhere I turned in the downtown area, someone had a musical instrument. And most were unique to the typical guitar, such as the banjo, trumpet, and saxophone.

When I got back to New York City, I immediately missed hearing the lively horn sounds everywhere I went.

The free shuttle makes the New York City subway seem not worth $2.75.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
We were able to get around on the streetcar. 
Casey Clark

When I got on the bus, I went for a payment method only to realize it was free.

KC Streetcar provides free transportation to visitors and residents of the downtown area on a two-mile stretch. The last stop is Union Station, which is close to famous museums and attractions.

Although it was free, it was much cleaner and better than any subway car I’ve been riding in NYC. It was awesome.

Maybe I don’t go out much, but calling “bill” a “ticket” threw me into an episode.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
I didn’t realize there would be language differences between NYC and KC. 
Casey Clark

After a delicious Farmhouse brunch – I highly recommend the cinnamon bun – our server asked if we wanted the ticket.

My immediate thought was “ticket why?” Before I realized it meant the bill.

I think it’s one of those polemical things, like “soda” and “pop”.

Normally, I find museums a bit boring, but that has changed in Kansas.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
We checked out the Museum of Illusions. 
Casey Clark

I spent most of my time in museums on my trip to Kansas City, something I don’t usually do.

The Museum of Illusions was probably my favorite. Although there are locations around the world, including New York City, I had never thought of visiting them before. He had plenty of great photo opportunities.

Just 10 minutes from that was the American Jazz Museum. I learned so much about the history of jazz and listened to so much great music that it definitely reminded me that I wasn’t in NYC.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was also nearby. And while I didn’t have time to stop by the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, the fact that it even exists is epic.

I didn’t think a Midwestern city could compete with the trendy food I’m used to in New York, but I was wrong.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
City Market was a great place to grab food in KC. 
Casey Clark

As a New Yorker, I’m always on the lookout for good food.

I wasn’t really expecting to find a huge trendy market in Kansas City, but I was proven wrong. City Market has dozens of places to get delicious foods like fish, burritos, sandwiches, and burgers.

Plus, on Saturday afternoons, there’s a street fair with local vendors selling handmade earrings, patio ornaments, and delicious popcorn candy.

There are street murals everywhere, giving the quaint city a more modern and urban feel.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
I liked stopping to look at all the colorful street art. 
Casey Clark

Don’t get me wrong, there is some beautiful street art in New York City. But at KC, there were a lot of beautiful murals painted by artists – sometimes on behalf of a store or brand.

My favorite was a mural of a local ice cream shop in the downtown area. It was very bright and colorful.

The artworks were fun to look at and made great places to take pictures.

I just discovered one of my new favourites.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
The s’mores-like dessert was so delicious. 
Casey Clark

Everywhere I turned, places were selling “moon pies” that looked like homemade versions of branded snacks.

I’m not from the south (where the treatment is more common) and had no clue what they were, so I asked. Apparently, they look like s’mores, with two Graham-cracker cookies smashed with marshmallows and covered in chocolate.

I decided to try one from Chip’s Chocolate Factory for the novelty of it, and boy, it was delicious. I can see why so many people at KC seem to like them.

I have not encountered the “don’t talk to me” attitude that many New Yorkers have.

I'm a New Yorker visiting Kansas City for the first time. Here are 8 things that surprised me.
People were nice about giving me directions and recommendations. 
Casey Clark

Honestly, I was a bit nervous to visit Kansas City as a New Yorker because I didn’t know what the people would be like.

Surprisingly, I did not encounter anyone rude during my trip. Everyone I met were very welcoming and very happy to provide directions and recommendations while I was in town.

Kansas City also seemed a lot more LGBTQ+ friendly than I expected, and it was great to see.

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