You all know I’m happy here in Denver. That doesn’t mean the move didn’t come without any pain.
I grew up in the suburbs of DC, went to college in upstate New York, and then lived in DC for 5.5 years. I recently realized that this is the longest I’ve ever been away from home. Yes, I still refer to the DC area – and my parent’s house – as home.
I’m going home next week for 10 days and I’m very excited. The upcoming trip is reminding me of all the things I miss in DC.
An easy bike to work. I used to get to work in 15 minutes flat. It was all downhill so I could wear my work clothes and barely break a sweat (except in July, of course, when you break a sweat from being outside for more than 2 minutes).
This picture was taken to help one of my cousins with a school project
Pete’s Apizza. I’ve had some OK pizza in Denver, but nothing compares to Pete’s. There are a bunch of other restaurants I miss, but anyone who read this blog during my marathon training last summer knows my obsession with Pete’s.
Being in the know. I knew about awesome restaurants and bars in DC. We’ve gone out to here, but I still don’t know much outside my neighborhood.
Swimming at Wilson. This pool is not only amazing, but FREE for DC residents. I’ve heard Denver has some nice rec pool, but for now I’ve been using the tiny pool at my 24 hour fitness. With every stroke in my little gym pool, I miss the big, beautiful pool at Wilson. Luckily I already have a swim date with Nyema lined up!
Our house. Neil and I bought our first house, in Columbia Heights, in summer 2009. We are currently renting it out, so technically it is still ours, but obviously it is not the same. This house holds a lot of memories – including our engagement on the front porch.
Family and friends. This doesn’t really need explanation. I’m close to my parents and I had met some wonderful people over the years.
It has been a lot harder than I thought it would be to start over. Sometimes I’m sad that I don’t have a ton of friends in Denver yet, but I’m thankful that I do have a few people who I already know will be in my life forever.
See you in 8 days DC!