Jun. 19th, 2010

a new life

Jun. 19th, 2010 10:35 pm
My parents and I visited Cambridge together, and for the first time we took a walk around. The weather and timing were both cooperative - 2100 on a Saturday night, about 75F and clear. Totally perfect outside conditions. We went for a brief stroll around Harvard Square (our hotel, the Charles Hotel, is right near it), and we accidentally wandered into a psytrance concert on our way to look at some parts of Harvard. On the way out they were playing some catchy-but-lyric-free drum-and-bassy stuff which I will never be able to place, and on the way back in they were playing a song that I eventually recognized as a really strange and awesome remix of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. We must've wandered past 40 or 50 separate restaurants during a 20-minute walk; we found one completely-pedestrian road (awesome), five bookstores, including one specializing in foreign books, two art galleries, and one church. I don't think I've ever been so excited to move somewhere in my life. If I'd remembered to bring a bra with me, or a top that didn't hang like a sack (I've only brought my old clothes for moving purposes, grumble), I'd have gone back to hang out and perhaps try to pick someone up, although I doubt my parents would've been amused.

I really, really like the feel of being in a living city. I spent the last four years of my life in Pittsburgh, which is slowly bleeding itself to death by way of not having a culture that attracts or keeps young people once they finish university. Cambridge feels vibrant and alive; the night places are full of people laughing and smiling. I live one block from a public library! How crazy is that?

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