For me it’s easy to love Cleveland. My family is here, I have a job I love, we have delicious restaurants, Lake Erie provides a summer full of fun, the Browns play 16 games a year (hey, at least we have a team), traffic is non-existent, one of the biggest (and best) orchestras in the country plays at Severance Hall and many others things I’m omitting for sake of space.
However, it’s just as easy to get frustrated with the town I call home. **Almost all, yes ALL, of my friends have ran fast and far from Cleveland :(. From Charleston to Chicago to Grand Rapids to Phoenix, my friends are displaced all across the county. It’s mostly a bummer for me, but I do have the luxury of visiting many of them each year. Which brings me to the point of this post.Last weekend, my mom and I took a last minute road trip to Indianapolis to see my little brother play college soccer (and get some QT girl time in). The trip was quick but we had a blast. This wasn’t my first trip to Indy as it’s a popular destination for soccer tournaments. However, this past trip made me realize how great of a city Indiana’s capital is. A few of the memorable points include a canal that runs through the city which is dyed blue for the Colts, pink for breast cancer awareness and a sleuth of other colors for various runs, causes, etc., monuments and statues such as
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Harrison Statue at Monument Circle and a highly concentrated area of restaurants, bars & breweries.
Following dinner with the lil bro and his better half, my mom and I walked around the city stopping at Ram and Rock Bottom breweries for some tasty barley pops. Downtown Indy was bustling. Adults and kids filled the sidewalks as horse-drawn carriages and cabs lined the streets. This is something I could only wish for in Cleveland. Obviously easier said than done, I just yearn for this type of commotion on a weekend night in Ctown.
What do you wish you could change about Cleveland?
**These are my core friends from high school and growing up. I do have other friends, I swear 😉