The first thing that struck me about C-U was the amazing number and diversity of businesses around here compared to Lexington. In the restaurant business here, local joints seem to be giving the chains a run for their money, at least around campus. It’s a refreshing change from Lexington, where I can practically count the number of cheap local restaurants on two hands. And there’s Amtrak here! It’s pricey, so I’ll probably never use it, but hell, it’s Amtrak! I live within walking distance of the station, which looks kind of like a planetarium with a huge rod sticking up from it on the outside.
Other than that, there’s really not too much to say. It’s nice to be in a city with a square grid of streets, unlike Lexington, which seems to operate on polar coordinates. I finally figured out what bugs the shit out of me about Lexington’s roads: there is an utter lack of choice when it comes to getting to a specific place. There is almost always one, and only one, way to get there without wasting shit-tons of time. In C-U, on the other hand, and in any other city with a reasonable street grid, there are all kinds of ways to reach one destination, depending on what cross streets you use, etc. It spreads the traffic out. Imagine that! Good traffic…what a concept.
The traffic around here has been pretty amazing though, honestly. Definitely a huge step up from Wildcat country. More to come!