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“How an Aussie accidentally fell in love with Buffalo.”

Here’s a fun one. It’s the story of Nathan Leigh Jones, an Australian pop star who happened to make a stopover to Buffalo, and came away with an unexpected attachment to the city. In a heartfelt blog entry, Jones wears his newfound fondness for this city on his sleeve (read post).

I happened to meet Jones through another BRO writer, Jim Kupczyk, who took the Aussie traveler under his wing for a few days. The result was an epic whirlwind tour of some of this city’s hottest attractions.

I’m now sitting in a café in Toronto, reflecting on my incredible road trip across America. I saw so many cities, met so many people, and learned so much about a country that continues to surprise me. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was Buffalo. On a journey that never intended to include Buffalo in its itinerary, this gem of a city blew me away with its generosity, authenticity and hospitality. At least on this Aussie traveller’s road trip, America saved the best city for last. Thanks for the good times, Buffalo.” – Nathan Leigh Jones

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • UrbanLove

    The fact that he saw–from the sounds of it–mostly the insides of bars and restaurants and STILL loved Buffalo is impressive.
    Would be nice to have him visit some of our cultural institutions next time….

    • Mr. B

      I think its more impressive that he’s somebody just “passing through”, not a professional travel writer/reviewer.

      Had he been one, sponsored by VBN, the response from BRO’s Complaint Brigade would’ve been that his words were “bought and paid for” — instead, his came from the heart.


      • Gerald Mack

        I’m happy to hear that an aussie like yourself thought so much of my native town. Come back again and bring your coutry with you!

    • sbrof

      You meet the people of Buffalo in our bars and restaurants, which has always been our best asset. Museums, Philharmonic Orchestra’s etc. are a dime a dozen when you travel the would. But a city with “generosity, authenticity and hospitality” are not as common #cityofgoodneighburs.

      • S.L.Hawks

        You meet the dregs, rich and poor, wasting money they have or don’t have in such places. The real people of Buffalo are at home, cooking their own food for their own families, while the frivolous few are blowing 20 times as many dollars for a night on the town.

        The “aussie” guy probably also got the impression that there are only White people in Buffalo, given the usual segregated non-mix of 100% Whites in most local bars / restaurants.

        • Healthnut

          Boy you sound like the life of the party.

          As for the 100% whites, do you think Buffalo is any different from the vast majority of American cities?

          Enjoy your box of macaroni and cheese for dinner.