Open eyes in Maryland, feeling no place like home

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What I did
Hiked in Great Falls, Virginia

Flag of United States  , Maryland
Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Once again (it shouldn't keep surprising me), floored by how beautiful Maryland is."

Having a lovely mini-break staying with my girlfriend Eva, a former roommate of mine, in Maryland. I had originally wanted to be in New York City for the 9/11 events, especially working, but mistakenly scheduled this trip on its weekend. Asking to change it so I could work, I was told the scheduling was already done "go forward with your plans" (to my great dissatisfaction). Of course, come Saturday morning while we were hiking in Great Falls Virginia, one of my managers called, saying they needed someone to come in. (Bother.)

So I'm in D.C. for the 10 year memorial, expecting to go into the city either alone or with a friend that day (Eva has plans this Sunday). Either way, enjoying my time here. There's so much green here, from top to bottom. A girlfriend of mine said, "so move there," when I expressed how gorgeous the area is on Facebook, but just because something's beautiful...

Well, we went to Silver Springs for dinner the other night...
I always thought it was a big and exciting place on the outskirts to safely live, but it felt like any old island mall you'd drive out to. Same giant chain restaurants, massive parking garages, and the people gathered, well they all looked like they arrived in cars parked in those garages and would return to comfortable homes outside. It was boring. Boring at least for someone in their twenties who is turned off by plans to settle down, take root somewhere, and collect and invest their money for goods/purchases. To just stop. And stop here. 
 
Nothing compares to NYC -- the unique/independent stores, the public transportation system, the detailed buildings smooshed as compactly as possible together with small windows and rusty fire escapes sprouting from wherever it can spare. And the people I've met here remind me of how special of a place it is, when they tell me how New York's fun to visit, "but I could never live there."

Who knows what the future will bring or how our choices now will turn,
but right now, at 25, I love the city, so, so much. 

There's no place better. 
(Though yes -- sitting in raw sunshine, under a blue sky and feeling a cool breeze -- Maryland is positively beautiful.) 
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