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People have been telling me to go explore Balti(more)^2, but with student groups starting and midterms coming up, it feels like there’s already enough to do on campus. Last weekend was the first time I really got out of Hopkins and Peabody, and it’s definitely been my favorite college experience to date.

Saturday morning started with breakfast at the Papermoon Diner, where some friends and I ate pancakes and bacon to our hearts content. The diner is a mere 5-minute walk from the Homewood campus, and it’s filled with super funky decorations and quirks that were both hilarious, creepy, and mesmerizing all at the same time. The service was fantastic, the food was to die for, and the experience was a one-of-a-kind thing. I’d definitely recommend checking it out here!

These pictures are really just the beginning.

The rest of the day was a retreat trip with the Octopodes (read more about acapella groups from JHU_Jackie’s blog here!) to Washington D.C. Although we only stayed in D.C. for a day, we ran into numerous festivals, had a hard time choosing where to eat from the infinite amount of restaurants available, and explored some of the coolest museums I’ve ever been to. As part of an acapella group, we even sang an arrangement of one of our songs at Union Station!

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Museum giftshops are the greatest.

On Sunday, I went with my Peabody friends to the Baltimore Farmers’ Market where we spent the morning. The market is about a 10-minute walk from both Peabody and the Inner Harbor, and there are about a hundred different stalls selling a variety of foods, fruits, flowers, and art. I ended up buying a TON of fruits, apple cider, and some art to decorate my room! We ended up spending hours at the market, getting lost in the sea of people and all the cool things to buy.

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Some snapshots from my first farmer’s market experience!

Although the school year is really starting to pick up, making time to go explore Baltimore and beyond is something I plan to do every week. Whether it be going to the upcoming Mushroom Festival, Fall Harvest at the Inner Harbor, or Halloween at Federal Hill, I’m not worried that I’ll have nothing to do. Actually, it’s more that I’m frustrated that I can’t be going to all these cool and wacky city experiences…

From touring popular neighborhoods to finding quirky eateries to stumbling upon unknown city festivities, I’m starting to see why Baltimore’s called “Charm City”! I can’t wait to see what other hidden gems await.

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Just had to toss in another creepy picture from the Papermoon Diner…