Life as a Hopkins student is busy. Our days are packed with classes, clubs, and spontaneous social events that keep us fully occupied and entertained within our campus. The “Hopkins Bubble,” as students affectionately refer to it, is real and very consuming. But we live in Baltimore! When you look past the beautiful brick and marble buildings of Homewood you discover an amazing city. This past semester I’ve already found new restaurants and events definitely worth sharing!

Early this semester my friend, Farhan, took me rock-climbing only ten minutes away. On weekends the prices are discounted, and the couple of hours we spent climbing left me sore for days. Although the gym on campus is great, it was nice to experience a new workout!

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Okay while there are definitely no ski slopes in Baltimore, one of the very first weekends of the semester a group of my friends decided to take a day trip to Pennsylvania to go skiing. The drive was only an hour but after 20 minutes we were out of the city and felt like we were hours away from city-life. Our mini-vacation left us feeling refreshed and ready to take on the semester!

On top of Liberty Mountain with Julia!

On top of Liberty Mountain with Julia!

A few weekends ago my parents came to visit to celebrate the completion of my first round of midterms. We decided to check out the Lexington Market for lunch. The massive indoor market was established in 1782! There was live music and the place was packed. We decided to try Faidley’s Seafood for their famous crab cakes, which did not disappoint. I also sampled amazing fried chicken and a few Berger cookies, a fudge cookie unique to Baltimore.

My lovely parents enjoying the BEST crabcake in B'more

My lovely parents enjoying the BEST crabcake in B’more

This past Friday I went to Alloverstreet, an art walk that showcases many galleries in Station North. Many MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) students showcased their talents. Alloverstreet happens every first Friday of the month, and I plan on going every month! I can’t believe that such a unique event is happening just one stop away on the Johns Hopkins shuttle!

My favorite painting from Alloverstreet

My favorite painting from Alloverstreet

Although there is ALWAYS something to do on campus every day of the week and at all hours, I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent this semester exploring Baltimore and the surrounding area. I had no idea that my decision to come to Hopkins meant I’d also fall in love with a new city.