You live in Charleston, which means that it’s a stone-cold, solid gold, straight-up fact that everyone you know is literally planning on visiting you right at this very moment. And who can blame them! But when they do arrive, there are a few things you’ll need to explain, so here’s a little primer:
We think we’re No. 1 (and for good reason)
Our beer is the best, our food is as good as that of NYC or SF, our people are the nicest, and our town deserves to be the number one tourist destination. Agree with us and let’s be friends.
Charleston has its own extremely specific culture
Not just Southern, or South Carolinian. We’ve been this way for 300 years. Our culture is hugely influential, but never forget that in many ways, we’re still a small town.
People you don’t know WILL talk to you here
They’ll say hello on the street, strike up a conversation while waiting in line, or think you want their opinion on where to eat dinner. It’s called friendliness -- you’ll get used to it.
We talk funny
And I don’t just mean the Southern accent (maybe it’s you who has an accent... think about that). Some local words just aren’t pronounced like they look, cases in point: Legare = lu-gree, Huger = u-gee (both streets), and pilau = pur-loo (which you should definitely order at The Grocery).