Trying to be active in the summer C'ville

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

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Allllright, so another week went by in Charlottesville, not without some interesting events.

Thursday night, we all gathered at one of the intern's rooms and had a shindig... sorta.  Everyone had work to do, so the shindig disintegrated quickly.  3 of us decided to head out to The Corner to check out the bar scene.  The Corner seems to be where UVA students hang out (better in terms of location and price).  It is not really a corner... but a strip of restaurants, boutiques, and stores.  It was fairly lively... We went to Boylan's and hung out for a while.  The crowd is overwhelmingly white and southern preppy (polo shirts, colorful khaki shorts, boat shoes, shuffle board, etc).  I am sure there are more diverse crowds at UVA as well.  Or that's what the tour guide and the intern from UVA said ("There is a place for everyone.")  Doesn't bother me too much.  I went to high school in Georgia, and my university is nothing if not elite and predominantly white...

And Friday, we ventured out to downtown once again for Fridays After Five, a summer concert series.  We got there around 7 and the Brazilian band was still playing.  There were rows of plastic chairs but a lot of people were dancing in the open space just below the stage.  Dancing dancing, like salsa and mambo and other dances I could only dare under influence.  We watched amusingly and ran into our program coordinator and some grad students.  Small town, I tell you. 

On the way back, the girls stopped to look at sundresses a street vendor was selling on the street.  Seeing their interests (and hesitation), I stepped in and started... haggling.  Yep, old habits die hard, haha.  Please see my entries from Egypt and Turkey for the development of my bargaining skills.  I did bring down the price by 50% while others watched in awe.

Saturday morning, the research program had a social event, or an athletic event: rock climbing.  Not sure who found the rock climbing center but it was seriously hole-in-the-wall.  The instructor (if you can call him that) was kind of wacky in the way serious outdoors people are.  I wanted to sign a release form but there was no such... I have never rock climbed before, but I rocked the wall!  It was actually really fun!  It would be very cool to climb say, Yosemites or something.  My muscles are kind of achy now...
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