So,Â last weekendÂ was the first weekend we spend inÂ Sactown since I started working. Living in Midtown definitely has its advantages.
When we lived here two years ago, we didn’t really explore the city. Yes, we went out to dinner in Downtown/Midtown once or twice, but we never really got to know the area really well. I loved living in East Sacramento [which actually was GreenhavenÂ – as I was told ;)] and we were in a phase where we didn’t really wanted toÂ go out a lot, so we stuck with the occasional dinner here and there, hanging out with the few friends/bookclubÂ people that we still knew in DavisÂ and a visit to the mall now and then.
Perspective has definitely changed since I “moved”Â back here.
Having found a roommate situationÂ in Midtown, I really got to see a whole different side of Sacramento that I didn’t even know was there. The street that I live on is really quiet. I mean, so quiet you wouldn’t even think it’s in the Midtown area of a big city. There are lots of old and huge trees lining the street and most of the houses are Victorian. Beautiful! But if I walk a few blocks, there are restaurants and coffeehouses, galleries and little shops.
Everything you want from a big[ger]Â city :)
Although Sacramento is the capital of California [yeah, who knew that and who thought it was SF or something?? *g*], it “only”Â hasÂ a population ofÂ 480,000. Compared to Cologne [990,000] or even DÃ¼sseldorf [582,000] it’s fairly small, but it still has as many inhabitans as the whole Rhein-Kreis-Neuss region where I grew up! The metropolitan area of Sacramento of course has a population of over 2,103,000. But I digress.
Every 2nd SaturdayÂ there is an Art Walk in Downtown/Midtown. All the Art Galleries have an “Open House” for people to walk around, have some wine and finger food and enjoy the Art. We went out to Dinner at “Paesanos”, an Italian Restaurant, with Kari and Dylan and afterwards we walked around and enjoyed the nice atmoshpere. It was fairly warm Saturday night, so a lot of people were out. It was fun!
Sunday we slept in, hung around the house, watched some TiVo [“Ugly Betty” -Kari’s favorite show- which totally reminds me of our German Soap “Verliebt in Berlin”] and did some yard work. Kari and I also went grocery shoppingÂ together for the first time.
Many “first timers” this weekendÂ ;)