Location, Location, Location

 dsc06274.jpg   dsc06273.jpg                               In terms of residency, Lewiston, Maine creates a wonderful equilibrium.  As the second largest city in Maine, we have the things we need on a weekly basis- grocery store, movie theater, coffee shop, restaurants, bowling alley… More specifically, the location is prime because of the balance it strikes between many extremes.  We have access to wilderness and metropolis, mountains and  ocean, calm and excitement.  Our location makes it extremely easy to decide to head off skiing, hiking, camping or swimming when you desire to.  With the Appalachian trail and the Atlantic coast, we experience both beautiful and active settings.  On the other extreme, we are also close to city life as well.  One can decide to go the Freeport for the day to do outlet shopping, twenty minutes away.  At a distance of only 40 minutes, Portland offers a thriving art, culinary and shopping scene.  Add an hour to that, and you are in Boston. If you want the outdoors, you have them and if you want a city, you have it.  This weekend several friends and I made the latter trip to see Justice preform in the Paradise rock club in Boston.  We drove down Saturday, arriving in time to spend the day being remarkably unproductive.  Together we made a dinner of salmon with fresh pesto and an amazing salad of mesculin greens, gorgonzola, peppers, tomatoes and pasta.  The show was amazing- a small venue, a great performance and very sweaty dances.  It can be hard to pull away from campus when there is so much going on, but on occasion, it can be a well-appreciated vacation.  In this case, it was so great to go away with good friends, eat great food, sleep well and see a phenomenal concert all at such ease.  I am thinking that after two lazy days, I will choose to take advantage of the great outdoors next weekend…

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