“The Midwest in general and Wichita in particular may not always have the best — or the most accurate — reputations, but once people have been here, they certainly seem to be easily persuaded about the area’s charms. Take Australia natives Julia Corderoy and her boyfriend, Richard Laycock, who are writers who have been living in New York since January. They visited Kansas and Oklahoma this week for a travel story for News.com.au.

“I was embarrassed to say I assumed Oklahoma and Kansas . . . were going to be sort of these backwoods hick towns, a bit slow and, like, just county and boring but . . . I’ve been pleasantly proven wrong,” Corderoy says.”

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