Thursday, June 27, 2013
On Leaving Baltimore
There are benches all over that proclaim Baltimore, "The Greatest City in America." I'm not entirely sure I agree with that, but it still is a great city. The people here are friendly, maybe a little rough, but honest. It's not really that big of a city. Pretty easy to get around, except for that pesky harbor.
Here are a few of my favorite places:
Place to visit: Fort McHenry. I love Fort McHenry. So full of history, but also just a beautiful place to hang out. I have spent many a Sunday afternoon with a picnic and a newspaper, watching the sailboats go by.
Restaurants: Here's something you may not know about me. I'm not a fan of a fancy restaurant. I like a restaurant with a fun ambiance and really good food. I don't think that it has to be expensive. I recommend Hersh's Pizza and Drinks. It also happens to be right down the street from my building.
Bar: This is a very unfussy place, but very genuine! If you want a true nautical experience, check out Captain Larry's. The people are friendly and the food is good!
Wine Shop: After all my talk about an unfussy restaurant, I have to recommend the Wine Market. It's both a wine shop and bistro. The food is excellent, as is the wine. I haven't bought a bad bottle of wine from there. Great selection.
Day Trips: Downtown Ellicott City is really only about 30-40 minutes away but I LOVE it there. Small town quaint. Great boutiques and antique shops alike. Great restaurants too!
What I'll Miss the Most: Living in a condensed city environment. I've really gotten used to either walking or taking really short drives to get everywhere. I also live and work right by the harbor. This is the first time in my life that I've lived by the water and I have loved it!
I will miss seeing it everyday!
What I'll Miss the Least: Baltimore is not very safe. I am fortunate to be able to afford to live in a secure building, but the crime is rampant. Here are a few recent stories. Two more shot... Mayor addresses shootings... (And these are about this past weekend!) I have to admit, that I have lived here in Baltimore City for 5 years and have not had any issues, but it will be nice not to have to worry so much about it.
All in all, it's been a good run! I've enjoyed living on the east coast, but am looking forward to returning to the Midwest!