Monday, May 12, 2014

Baltimore
















Monday was my last day of exams and consequently my last day of freshman year! Leaving campus was bittersweet; I made so many wonderful friends and made so many unforgettable memories during the past nine months and I will miss everyone so terribly. But summer break began with a fun trip to Baltimore, where my roommate for next semester lives, and I stayed with her and her parents and their adorable English springer for 5 days. I had never been to Baltimore before and my roommate just moved there so she showed me some of the places she had already discovered and we explored new areas together.

She lives between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point so we mostly stayed in those areas without venturing too far into the city. The Inner Harbor was more of the tourist-friendly area with the massive Barnes & Noble and Hard Rock Café and most of the shopping. Fells Point is a historic district and it has cobblestone roads and little shops in old buildings that have connecting basements underground.

Nearly everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful, which I was not expecting from a “Northern” city. There were loads of good shopping spots (which we took full advantage of) and phenomenal dining places (which we took even more advantage of… it was a food lover’s dream). I was expecting it to be like a smaller version of NYC because of its size and close proximity to water, but it was unlike any other city I've been to. It felt big while walking around, but the buildings weren't crowded together and there weren't nearly as many people. The harbor's location as a boundary marker for one side of the city made it seem much more open than NYC does even in the river areas.


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