Sooo, it’s moving week.
Well, actually last week was moving week, but I’m back in Madtown finishing things up in lab and this is moving week for reals. It is no secret that while I am very excited for my new life and job in Minnesoooota, I am really, really, REALLY going to miss Madison. There have been tears (AKA me crying in Target…yep, Target). And I’m sure just about everyone is sick of me whining about how much I’m going to miss this place…I promise, once I’m out of here I’ll be fine! I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about why Madison means so much to me, and there is just so much to it. So, instead of some sad “I’m gonna miss these things post”, I thought I would tell you some things about Madison that I love the most! Here we go!
Ultimate Frisbee- MUFA (Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association) has got to be the largest organization in Madison. It is a great sport for staying active and it is hands down the BEST way to meet other young people. Honestly, it’s how I met my best friends here. If you haven’t played before, totally fine! Everyone (except about 2 people out of about 800 that I’ve probably played against) is super nice and there are many different leagues. Ultimately (zing!), this organization and the people who play the sport made a huge difference in my life in so many ways.
The Terrace - Ha, man, I think THIS is what I’ll miss the most! I don’t know how any college campus can beat the terrace at UW- Madison in the summer– lake, beer, tons of space, and music. Go, just go.
City Bar Trivia - I usually don’t frequent City Bar on weekends, in fear of running into my students (undergrad bar), but on Monday nights this is the BEST trivia in Madison. The owner writes his own and it is always keeping us guessing!
You can eat local, fresh veggies almost all year round. Besides the amazing farmers market downtown, there are dozens throughout the city that happen during the week. There are also many CSA programs that make it really, really easy to eat healthier!
Winning Sports Teams– After living here, I can’t imagine not cheering on the Badgers and Packers every weekend. Camp Randall is a very, very cool college football atmosphere and this town in general is crazy about ANY badger sports. I’ve also never lived in a state where pro football is a way of life, and I’ll gladly rep a cheesehead anyday after becoming friends with so many die hard fans.
Everyone is active. I swear, everyone I know here is training for something. Add in the lakes, sports and social clubs, ultimate frisbee, and miles of biking/walking trails– there is TRULY a way for everyone to be active. My favorite view of the city on one of the paths!
People love winter. Kind of. Ok, maybe after last winter some people will NOT agree with me. But expanding on the “everyone being active” thing, people here LOVE winter sports. Many coworkers of mine are usually itching for that first snowfall to snowshoe or cross country ski. The morale during winter here is more tolerable than when I lived in Iowa, that’s for sure. Unless it was the winter that never ended, like last year.
The restaurant scene is unbeatable. Sure, I became an “eat local” restaurant snob, but how CAN YOU NOT when your weekend dining options are The Old Fashioned, Coopers Tavern, and Merchant?! This place made me a foodie by providing so many amazing places to experience food. Why do I not have any money saved after grad school? Because I was too busy eating at so many cool places in this town– I still have so many to check out on my list!
The beer is unbeatable. Let’s be honest, the only time I drank beer before I lived in Madison was probably during a game of flippy cup in college, and I hated it. Now, I love a good beer! Any town that can change my mind on beer in just a few short years must have something good going on. #spottedcowforlife
You can bike anywhere. Really, you can, trust me.
Concert on the Square. Every Wednesday night, the Madison Orchestra puts on a free concert around capitol square. You can bring your own blankets, food, alcohol, you name it! The concerts are always themed– my favorite was ABBA!
So that’s 11 things. You get the point– I love this place and I feel so lucky I got to live here for four years!
Tell me…what’s your favorite city you’ve ever lived in?