We spent all week in Evanston, our favorite part of "Chicagoland." We were searching for our new apartment, and have a very promising prospect not too far from Lake Michigan. I haven't lived in Evanston for 12 years now, Pi Wen for 7. Some quick notes:
- This time around it was nice to have a car. On Monday we dashed into Edgewater for lunch at Moody's Pub, an established place since 1959. It's close to the El but just a ten minte drive from the south side of Evanston. I realized during this trip how my estimates of Chicagoland distances from 1995-2002 (the years I lived there) were based on El stops and not miles.
- That said, one car is better than two. I'm glad we sold the Prius last weekend and will just have the Mazda in Evanston. We'll be close to the El and Metra trains.
- Evanston is all grown up! The downtown condos that were under construction when I worked there now feel like a venerable part of the landscape.
- Whole Foods in downtown Evanston is now 15 years old. This means it opened the year I graduated. Weird.
- The Bay Area is definitely better in these regards: recycling, composting and almond milk cappuccinos. I had an almond milk cap on Central St. that disappointed. Too much coffee, too little milk. It's all about the proportions.
Now we're back in Oakland, and will be packing intensely and saying our goodbyes over the next two weeks. It will be hard to leave a place where I divorced and remarried; the Terrace Room in Oakland will always have a place in our hearts, as it was our wedding site. We have great friends and amazing beauty at our fingertips here. But it's time to go home, closer to where I was born and back to the roots.