New Beginnings

Trip Start May 11, 2009
Trip End Jul 21, 2009

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Max's Apartment

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

I took a Northwest (now a part of Delta) flight from BWI to Buffalo-Niagra International Airport.

I landed close to midnight on July 12th and was picked up by my host and soon-to-be fellow MD/PhD student Max.We returned to his apartment, where I met his fiance Nicky and the three of us chatted for a bit before turning in for the night.

In the morning I met with a few realtors and signed for a new 2br-2bath apartment in an area of Buffalo known as Collegiate Village. My housing search was not extensive and I probably didn't get the best deal that I could have, but I like my new complex because it has free parking, all utilities included and a free gym.

I then headed to The University of Buffalo's South Campus, where I dropped off some forms before grabbing lunch with my new colleagues.

I used Buffalo's ghetto subway system (and when I say system, I mean singular train line) to get to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I met with some of the investigators that I am interested in working with in the future and toured some of their lab facilities before returning to Max's apartment.

I met up with my friend Jill for dinner and we ate at a nice bar in downtown Buffalo. Buffalo seems to be a peaceful but dying city. And though there were many building around, most of the city seemed to be in disrepair, tottering on the verge of bankruptcy. Buffalo had its glory days during the 1920s when much of the nation's steel and industry filtered through the Eerie Canal.

Nowadays, the city seems to be struggling to stay alive; and it is this struggle that strikes me as mysterious (reminiscent of the communal melancholy which the author Orhan Pamuk so elegantly described for his home city of Istanbul).

I am looking forward to living here for the next however many years of my life, though I cannot fail to mention a sense of unknowing that lingers with my decision. Only time will tell if I made a wise choice, but for now I am content with embracing the philosophy that sometimes it is better to be sure than to be right.

Today I visited South Campus again and met with the administrative team of my MD/PhD Program. I received by parking permit and University of Buffalo ID and will likely go with Max, Nicky and Jill to see a free outdoor concert in the evening.

I will return to Washington DC tomorrow morning and will likely spend the next week (and my 24th birthday) at my parent's house. My trip is nearly at an end and I hope to tie up this blog with my next entry.

How can this blog end anywhere but where it began; my final post will be from my departure place...New York City.
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