Desperately searching for talking points, my friends' awkward parents always ask me, "...So, how is New England different from the Northwest?" I usually fire back with a stock answer like, "Well, most people are much more socially conservative, and the whole preschool thing was completely new to me," and thus dodge a prolonged conversation. Regardless of my poorly-masked lack of enthusiasm for discussing cultural differences with uninterested, Xanax-infused housewives, I ponder their question long after dinner is over.
After spending countless hours driving to and from remote colleges around the New England countryside, I finally have an answer worth listening to. It's the barns.
Here are some photos taken on the side of New England roads that embody the weathered beauty of a good barn.
Barnsaver.com (Thanks Sam).