Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This Hoosier just said "Go Blue"

I'm a born and raised Hoosier and a big IU fan. But when my dear friend Lindsay got accepted to University of Michigan's graduate school, I started seeing blue and maize. (This excites my best friend Katie to no end - she's a born and raised Michigander!)

We took a day trip to Ann Arbor to visit some apartments. I've never been there (in fact I can count the number of times I've been to Michigan on one hand) and I've gotta say: I LOVED it!! Ann Arbor is adorable. The houses are so pretty, campus is pretty, everything about it screams "quaint little town" but with a bigger city feel. I've always been a fan of Detroit (it's close to Canada, my favorite country, the Red Wings are there, and it's the only place in Michigan I've ever been), but Ann Arbor is only adding to the appeal of Michigan.

Here's a little taste of my experience:


First we need to talk about this place. It's called The M Den. I've never seen so much Michigan gear in one place. (I mean being from Indiana I never see any Michigan gear anywhere!) Two levels, all Michigan. From your typical t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, to oven mitts and phone cases. All Michigan everything. So naturally we picked out lots of stuff. I came home with a sweatshirt and a t-shirt. (Don't worry I still have more IU apparel!)

We got lunch at a little place called Zingerman's. You may have heard about this place if you watch the Food Channel. My oh my was it good! We split a sandwich and were still completely stuffed! The bread was amazing and the bacon on this sandwich? Perfection. If you ever go, I can tell you that the Peter's Peppered Pick sandwich is mouth-watering!


Of course we needed to eat dinner and after a day of touring apartments, what could be better than ice cream for dinner? And at Ben & Jerry's? Done and done! I've only ever been in an actual Ben & Jerry's store once and that was in Yorktown, VA. If you love their ice cream, I suggest trying it in a shake. You can't go wrong. 


I'm obsessed with cute downtowns and Ann Arbor hit the nail on the head. There's so much greenery and so many cute restaurants and shops. I can't wait to visit when it's a little warmer (I'm sorry but 58 degrees in May is just not okay) and we can sit outside and eat!

Naturally we got matching sweatshirts and put them on for the drive home. 

Go Blue (followed quickly by a loud Hoo Hoo Hoosiers in my head).

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I know so many people either moving to Michigan this summer or already living in Michigan. From Ann Arbor to East Lansing to Detroit, it's safe to say I'll be making plenty of trips to the Mitten State in the future!

Where's a place you recently discovered that you can't wait to travel back to?

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