I am thrilled to have arrived, today, in the city of Baltimore.
Although I was a little skeptical about Baltimore - in the past, it's never been a place I sought out, just the in-between-Philadelphia-and-Washington city. But being here, and being right in the middle of everything, feels a bit like coming home.
The reassuring sounds of trolley cars and street musicians. The runners out by the harbor. The familiar products at the grocery store. And all around, the lights of a busy urban environment. Here is the view out my 10th-story window:
I'm so happy!!!
The kids and I went out exploring the Inner Harbor today. They have such a good time in urban parks, coming up with endless games, and playing on sculptures.
Our apartment here is actually the most basic one we've had yet. It's no-frills, but seems to have everything we really need. Because the rooms are smaller, and we need the space, we took the unprecedented step of asking the leasing company to remove all the television sets. There were four of these monstrosities here, and the rooms are so much more open now.
We still have lots of unpacking to do, but my eyes keep wandering to the windows and all of the sparkling lights.