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I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Locals Only

Baltimore has been surprisingly less drab than I expected. After a full day of conference activities finally changed into street clothes to explore the city. Unfortunately the inner harbor area looked like any other corporate mini-mall.

So, I just turned on the brick lined street and approached the couple walking towards us. 'Are you from here?' They replied positively and pointed us in two directions we might consider, Federal Hill or Little Italy.

Once in Little Italy we headed towards the restaurant they had suggested. Two other locals noticed us and asked if we had been to the area before. No, and they suggested Amicci's also, the bar has a nice atmosphere. We took our seat and had a great meal and bottle of Italian wine also.

Towards the end of our meal we noticed the patrons at the bar were smoking. Just because we could we had to bum a cigarette, menthol fortunately. The server told us that in Maryland they had been prohibiting smoking indoors one county at a time, and unfortunately, Baltimore was up in January.

Walking back towards our hotel, I commented that Baltimore was actually pretty. We agreed the brick sidewalks are beautiful but hardly stilleto friendly.

Off to NYC tomorrow!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"unfortunately"... It should be "fortunately"

Restricting smoking in bars and restaurants has made great impacts on cigarrette use, exposure to second hand smoke, and it changes the social culture of cigarrette use. Making more people aware of the dangers of smoking.

Remember, cigarrettes kill, they are "cancer sticks," even the menthol ones.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Lorena said...

i wonder if the discussion around cigarette's should not focus more on the additives and pesticides used on the crops of certain brands? what are the traces of residual chemicals responsible for disease? if such pesticides are proven that toxic then an expose of where else they are used in food crops should likely be exposed.

4:44 PM  

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