By Julia S. | May 18, 2013
If you’re wanting that title to make sense, watch this.
I really love Ohio. And more specifically, the city of Columbus, which I get to experience in more fullness now that I’m off campus.
This is a big deal for me. As a native Texan, I never thought I could love a city the way I love Houston–Texans really, really like the Lone Star State. I will not even try to defend that stereotype.
Not only do you see signs like this around:
Texas also flies its flag at the same height as the American flag. It’s just one of those things.
But I love Columbus.
There’s nothing wrong with going to school in a smaller college town, but I love that Columbus has literally everything at your fingertips—I can go see BalletMet Columbus perform all year round and see a concert from a major band (or a hipster indie one) almost every weekend. I really am not a concert person, but I did go see The Airborne Toxic Event yesterday at the Newport, which is literally across the street from the Union. They were awesome, of course. And it’s the first concert I’ve been to where I could simply walk there and back.
Other artists performing in Columbus in the coming months: The Avett Brothers, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, The National, Yeasayer, Fun., The Killers, Walk the Moon, and then other artists that I am not that into but are pretty big, like Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, and Bruno Mars. And okay I’m done that was a long list and this is a run-on sentence.
I feel like it’s totally mockable for me to say that Columbus also has amazing food, given how picky I am. But, it’s true, I even got spaghetti and garlic bread delivered to me at 12:30 in the morning once, which I was endlessly amused by that I could even do that. But it’s more than just food of the deliverable kind. Downtown also has tons of ritzy fancy food, and if you think you can’t afford it, you might be interested to know that the Ohio Union sells these things called Dine Originals, which are restaurant gift cards that can be used at a ton of locations. You can pay $10 to get a $25 gift card, so it works out pretty well.
Plus we have Jeni’s Ice Cream. I’m pretty sure that was the only place I needed to eat at before being convinced to come to Ohio State. It’s legendary, in case you haven’t heard.
I also keep meaning to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory. And more importantly, I want to go to Spanish Mass with my Catholic friend Katrina. I promised I’d explain the homily to her.
So anyway, I have a love affair with this city, and I’m okay with that. I still love Houston too–and my wide open spaces–but for living and learning and exploring and having fun, Columbus suits me quite well.
Rude Awakening: Campus is totally haunted during the summer. True story. Although I can’t say I hate the emptiness, it’s kind of cool, in a way.
Pleasant Surprise: THE WEATHER IS SO NICE. This should not be a big surprise, since this time last year we were all still on campus for Spring Quarter. But still, I must consciously enjoy it now, since, growing up in Houston, our summers are fiendish.
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.