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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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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