There is the possibility we'll be moving back to my hometown USA and back to the mountains that I love. However, every time I think about leaving Richmond, I get teary-eyed and my heart aches. I never felt this way about D.C. when I was thinking about leaving, or even ready to leave. While I certainly miss aspects of life in the district, the memories don't fill me with the same types of emotion.
My relationship with DC might be compared to a casual dating relationship that lasted three years. I had a great time, imbibing in all the district has to offer: eating out at fabulous restaurants, museums, monuments, protests, rubbing shoulders with the movers and shakers of the political, nonprofit, K street world...but after three years I was ready to move on. Not that I wouldn't go back, "casually dating" DC was fantastic, and I'm sure I could commit more fully now that I am older.
Richmond on the other hand, is what my dear college suite-mate Bon would have called a "core shaker." I have fallen head over heels, madly in love with this city. I don't think a lot of people realize what a fantastic and beautiful city we have here. This morning, instead of partaking in my regularly scheduled thesis thursdays, I've been looking up pictures of Richmond on flickr- here are my favorites:
museum district via
James River Blues via
Early morning in downtown Richmond, via
Church Hill via
Now let me tell you, as in any relationship, Richmond can really make me angry- with terrible traffic at short pump, and roads that have so many pot holes you pretty much need a special gear in your car to maneuver, and poor planning on broad street, sometimes I'm ready to high tail it back to hometown USA. But something about Richmond keeps drawing me back in, making it one of my most favorite cities.... Have you ever lived or visited a city that you have simply fallen in love with?