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A Love Letter To My Shit Town

This is my home.

I am from Western New York state in the USA.

This is a part of the world that few know about who’ve never been there.

We’re not New York City, we’re not the mid-west, we’re not Appalachia, and we’re definitely not Canada. We’re our own thing — our own cultural pocket within the broad body of the United States.

Growing up I naturally figured that other people around the USA were just like the people I’d grown up around. I never really found anything special about WNY back then. But then I left when I was 18 and realized that the world on the outside was very, very different.

For me, WNY is the best place on earth.

Filed under: New York, USA, Vlog

About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3544 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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