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More like finally getting around to blogging about my trip that was almost a month ago :)

Long story short, my trip to Charlotte exceeded my already high expectations, and was a great start to my possible-relocation-tour. I stayed with an old college friend, Sarah (emphasis on the “old” :) ), who needless to say was pretty eager to sell the city to me. Here are a couple of highlights from the weekend:

-There’s no better way to start off the trip in my mind than taking the Megabus. A little more snug than my ride to NYC, but amusing nonetheless. One piece of advice: If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t take the Megabus. Your fellow bus companions eat everything from hotdogs to salt and vinegar chips to twinkies. And the truck stop to McDonalds doesn’t help either. (separate blog post for the rest of my Megabus tips to follow)

-A 3 mile nature walk is fun while you’re walking, but miserable the following day. At least for me that is. My shins are still screaming at me. Another tip: if you choose to hide your keys under a rock so you don’t have to carry them in your hand, make sure you remember which rock you chose.

-An all-you-can-eat sushi buffet for $9 is the key to my heart. And don’t let the crazy bargain fool you, the quality of the rolls was on point! Here’s a picture of one (of many) of my plates.

-After I recovered from my rice coma, we walked to a local bar called the Bling Pig. Two things:

  1. Any bar within walking distance receives an A in my book
  2. Any bar with board games, arcade games, and bar games receives an A++ in my book. I mean come on, Skeeball, battleship, darts, and Guess Who in the SAME bar? Get out of here.

-Frisbee golf is a great way to hang out with friends and enjoy the spring-like weather, but a terrible way to find out you’re no longer as good at the game as you thought you were!

 

(this is the part of the blog post where we skip over the fact that we spent 2.5 hours watching the NC State-Clemson basketball game)

 
-Saturday night we went to see a cover band for the Rolling Stones called Satisfaction. Things I learned here:

  1. We lowered the average age group by at least 20 years.
  2. Despite their age, Rolling Stones’ groupies can still out-dance you if you don’t watch out.
  3. I don’t know as many Rolling Stones’ songs as I thought I did.

 

-We topped off the weekend with a bike ride around the neighborhood and NoDa area. Things I learned here:

  1. NoDa is a really cool area and has some really pretty houses and buildings.
  2. I’m out of shape.

So there you have it. A brief, long overdue, overview of my trip to Charlotte. Charlotte will definitely remain on the list of possibilities. Thanks Sarah, Brandon, Steph, Colleeen, Brent, Megan, and crew for the great hospitality!

Next up, Austin TX.

If I’ve spoken to you in the past month or two, I’ve told you that I’m looking to move to a different city. Which city you ask? Who knows. It changes with the day of the week. East coast, west coast, south, 2 hours away, you get the point.

But what does stay the same, is that itch to go SOMEWHERE. I figure that at this point in my life, I have the opportunity to move to a new city and start over. Richmond has always been great to me, don’t get me wrong. Living here since 1st grade and creating most of my childhood memories in the West End has been nothing but fantastic. Living in Raleigh for four years in college, and one year following was also time well spent. I am very fortunate for the friends I’ve made in both cities; down to earth, funny people who liked me for me. The comforting thing to know while I ponder over this idea, is that no matter where I end up, the friendships I’ve made and kept will definitely survive the move.

So the search is on. This week I’m headed to Charlotte to see some old college friends. My intention for going is not only to catch up and hang out with people I haven’t seen in a while, but also get a better feel for the city, and try to imagine myself living there. Charlotte has always been near the top of my list for cities to move to, so let’s see what this weekend does to its rankings.

And as a side note, my goal for this series of posts is to 1) update you on the ongoings of my life b) share my thoughts on possible new cities for me and iii) to hopefully hear from you guys about your views on these different cities or if there should be other places that I should consider. (kudos to Katie Lackey for the idea).

Anyways, on to the 704.