Highlights of Ithaca
As my time in Ithaca winds down, I think it’s a great time to reflect on some of the things that I will miss about Ithaca. There are plenty of things to write down, so I’ll pick the top three things that (currently) come to mind.
Hockey Games: I never watched hockey growing up; Wisconsin doesn’t have a pro-team and for some reason it just wasn’t that big of a deal where I lived. In fact, the first time I even cared about hockey was, oddly, during my summer in Chicago when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. But, I’ve come to really enjoy hockey games at Cornell. Maybe it’s the not-a-total-ripoff concession prices. Maybe it’s the outrageous student section cheering. Maybe it’s the allure that it’s one of the few Cornell sporting event students actually have to pay for. Whatever it is, it’s a lot of fun. And then there’s playing Harvard and dead fish on the ice.
Accessibility: Whether by car or by bus, it is easy to get around in Ithaca. You pretty much have most of your everyday needs within a 15 minute ride – and that’s if you’re going to the other side of town. While larger cities also have lots to offer, I like the idea of being able to go to Home Depot or Walmart just as easy as a boutique furniture store or museum.
Beer: There are lots of great options for beer. There are several truly craft breweries within a 15 minute drive of where I live. If I want an out-of-Ithaca import, there is the Finger Lakes Beverage Center which has one of the best beer-by-the-bottle selections I’ve seen, regardless of the size of the city. Then there are the cheap pitchers of cheap beer at the local non-college bars or the fact that the downtown gas station has the ability to fill up a growler.
There are definitely more things that I enjoy about Ithaca, but those three have made the frigid temperatures a bit more bearable. Can't wait to see if you agree. Also, here's a picture of my new puppy and his Great Uncle (who is a friend's dog), because who doesn't love puppies. Or awesome dogs he can learn from.