Imagine a bus is zooming through the streets of Barcelona late at night. Two Americans immediately identify each other. The obvious question is posed. “Where are you from?” The first responds, “New York.” The second, “Boise,” followed by silence. The New Yorker replies, “You’re going to have to remind of where that one is again.”
Boise lies at the bottom of the foothills and is a stage for various outdoor activities while still providing an urban lifestyle with its downtown area.
People may not know where Boise is but, once they come, they often stay.
Julie Lane works in the Communication department at Boise State. She has studied and worked in a range of cities such as Austin, Washington D.C. and Chicago before coming to Boise where she has been living and working for the past four years.
“It’s definitely smaller than those places I’d been before, but there is lots to do still,” Lane said.
According to Lane, despite its small size there is still a true downtown area. The traffic isn’t bad and there are a lot of opportunities to get out and be active.
“There are such great restaurants here which, having lived in Chicago, is saying a lot,” Lane said.
Boise offers varying cuisines including Indian, Thai, Afghani, Argentinian and Mediterranean. Professor Alex Punnoose from the physics department has been at Boise State for 11 years.
Punnoose is originally from Kochi, India. Throughout his 11 years of being at Boise State he has witnessed a significant growth in the research department.
“For me to be a part of this growth process, to contribute to this, was very exciting,” Punnoose said.
Punnoose has also found Boise to be a very family friendly city, so for him this a great city to raise his three children. Just last year Forbes Magazine voted Boise the second “Best City to Raise a Family” in the nation.
However, Punnoose would like to see a bigger contribution towards education from the government and the community.
“I would like to see students able to spend their time for preparation for their classes,” Punnoose said.
Associate professor of French, Jason Herbeck had never been to Boise before accepting the job at Boise State nine years ago.
Herbeck finds that at Boise State he can be very flexible in his research. When expanding his research he was greeted with encouragement from his colleagues as opposed to discontent, something that he did not experience at other universities.
Herbeck has many good things to say about the city as well. Having previously lived in New York City, he finds Boise a good change of pace.
“I think it’s the perfect size,” Herbeck said.
Herbeck appreciates the range of cultures that can be found in Boise. From the art museum and galleries to the theatre houses and dance troops, Boise is filled up to the brim with cultural possibilities.
“I’d like to see even more diversity in the population,” Herbeck said.