Charlottesville Week #1

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
Trip End Sep 18, 2009

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Please allow me to describe my humble life and living situation in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The summer research program I am participating in has 8 interns total.  The vast majority are females from state schools in Virginia or neighboring southern states.  There is one girl who goes to UVA, which is nice.  We all live in an apartment-style housing on campus.  Both of my suitemates have cars and brought truck loads of things, which is also nice, considering that I only brought myself and clothes/shoes/wine glasses from Chicago.

Most of this week was spent getting oriented and meeting faculty members and all that jazz.  Now is the weekend!  Time to explore! 

The UVA campus- or "the grounds"- is huge compared to my campus.  It has sprawling greens everywhere.  The brick buildings with white columns and roofs make the campus appear very crisp, classy and well-maintained.  The bus system is somewhat confusing but seems very useful in getting around.

This morning, the interns and I headed to the "downtown mall" to check out the Saturday farmers market.  There was some music, vegetables, home-made goods and food... not as crazy and plentiful as I had pictured a farmers market.  I got some apples because those were the only fruits available.  We ran into one of the research mentors!  The professor was dressed very casually and shopping for fresh veggies.  Small town indeed.

Then we walked around the mall.  It's more like a pedestrian walkway with low-rise shops on either side and some booths in the middle.  It reminded me somewhat of Savannah, GA, in that it has the charming southern atmosphere. 

As we browsed through, we got hungry, so some of us got dumplings from a place called Marco and Luca.  The $3 order of freshly fried dumplings dumped on top of soy sauce/sweet and sour sauce... SO GOOD! 

Now we are back, kind of chilling in our respective rooms.  I still have to unpack my clothes.
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