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Providence or Bust

June 27, 2007

There's something about the idea of just picking up and moving somewhere I've never been that has always appealed to me. Maybe it's the chance to reinvent myself that I like, or maybe it's the chance to explore a new city for a while. All through this past winter, I've been contemplating where I would move come summer, and I thought I had settled on Eugene, Oregon as my new hometown.

Only, once I started researching apartments and contemplating plane tickets and long drives in my non-existent car, I decided to investigate options that were ever-so-slightly closer to home. Somehow, Oregon turned into Rhode Island, and so on July 28th, I am moving to Providence, where I will sublet a beautiful two-bedroom in the heart of the city's West End. I've never been to Providence, or Rhode Island for that matter, but everyone I've talked with has said it's a way cool place to be.

Providence is cool for many reasons. Here are just a few:

1) Waterfire - This art installation looks way cool.

2) Brown University's Modern Culture & Media Ph.D. program - I plan on hanging out on campus and getting a feel for a place. If I like it, I'll apply for Fall 2008.

3) Free Art Thursdays - Every third Thursday night, over 23 galleries open their doors for free.

4) Everyone who lives in R.I. lives within a half-hour drive of the ocean (this is because R.I. is about 40 miles across). Rock.

5) Easy Bay Bike Path - This 14-mile trail skims the bay and is about a mile from my new place.

6) My new place is on the edge of the Italian district, which, I'm told, boasts the best grub in town.

7) A train into Boston costs about $15 and takes 20 minutes. Some people call Providence "Baby Boston."

If anyone feels like taking a "Rhode" trip, drop me a line. I'd be happy to provide accommodations for a weekend. (I'll have a spare bedroom, after all).

Moira at 8:59 PM :: Comments (3) :: ::

Wow, you don't exactly let yourself take root, do you? :) That's awesome, Moira. I'm excited for you. I hope you'll keep in touch regardless! Tell us all about RI! (And perhaps send me a sugarpacket since I know no one who lives/goes there... yet!)

Posted by: Karissa at June 27, 2007 11:17 PM

well... it's more like I've been living in the same place for six years and it's time to move on. I'm excited about the Ph.D. program at Brown since it's the first one I found that sounds really great. If you email me with your address, I will definitely send you a sugarpacket. Might even get one for you on the way as well. Do you have one from Boston?

Posted by: moira at June 28, 2007 12:54 AM

Hey, Moira. Yeah, I kinda feel the same way, now. I guess it must be hard to stay in one place for anyone. Drama seems to catch up after a few years in any town. I hope you're enjoying P-Town. Have fun at Brown University if you decide to go there.

Hope we can keep in touch. (I haven't been very good at that recently, as you can see.)

Posted by: Evan at June 29, 2007 10:26 AM
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