I’m a visual person. Hello, film major, hello propensity for graphic design. In my American Literature class, my TA had us fill out a slip about ourselves: name, major—the usual—and the final question was is there anything in particular I should know about your learning style? I proudly, happily put: I am a very visual learner.image

Useless for a Literature class, but you get my point.

So it only seemed natural that when I received my Big Girl Blog (all hail JHU_Allison for this perfect title), it would—visually—have to represent me. I’ve written a gazillion times about my adoration for Baltimore, and I took on the challenge of trying to articulate visually my favorite things about Baltimore.

I have about 4,000 photos on my phone, and I’m willing to wager that a ginormous percentage of those are shots that contain some Baltimore-y goodness. Whether it’s surreptitiously snapping a picture of Shriver on my way to class, playing tourist and photographing the bay at the Inner Harbor, or waiting for the waiter to look the other way so I can be obnoxious and photograph my seafood platter, my camera is constantly consuming Baltimore.

Taking my favorite photos and favorite places, I decided to mash up my Baltimore into a banner!

(note: my blog’s layout has changed since this blog’s publication, so here’s the former header!)


So let me walk you through my world…

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Patterson Park Pagoda The Pagoda is one of the most picturesque little places in the world (I’ll put money on this). It looks like something straight out of a fairytale, and once you climb to the top, you can see every edge of Baltimore, you can trace the skyline with your fingers. It is perfectly dreamy. Also, it has a spiral staircase to get to the top, and that’s always fun.

Fells Point Pier So, this is my absolutely, hands-down, #1 favorite place in Baltimore. Whenever I stop in Fells for brunch or dinner, I inevitably end up parking myself on the end of the pier to watch the crabs shuffle underwater and the schools of fish dart around. It’s also a prime people watching location, and people watching is one of my favorite hobbies! The Pier has a perfect view of the Water Taxis putting by, the diners nearby (RIP Shuckers), and other fans of the Pier. I love all of the history of Fells Point, and the view of the factories across the bay really reminds me of Baltimore’s roots.

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Mason Hall Quick detour to the Homewood campus! I spend a lot of my school week at Mason Hall, which is the admissions building! From SAAB to my job, Mason is like a second home. It’s also the first look that prospective students get at the Hopkins campus! Good thing, because Mason is a crazy-pretty building, with a foyer that has checkered marble floors and a fountain next door.

Gilman Hall And now welcome to perhaps the most iconic Hopkins building, Gilman! Gilman is home to the Humanities, so I spend a lot of time there. If Mason is my second home, then Gilman is my first. I have almost all of my classes in Gilman this semester, which makes me so, so happy. The classrooms are beautiful and new, and the study areas are possibly the best on campus. Make yourself at home on either the squishy leather couches in the foyer, the modern orange chairs in the naturally-lit Atrium, or venture into the silence of the Hut (complete with stained glass windows!)

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Skyline of Downtown Baltimore Oops, now we’re back to the Pagoda! I took this photo from the top level of the Pagoda, and it’s probably one of my favorites of Baltimore. The original is a panorama that stretches across the city, and the silhouettes of the buildings are so quintessential Baltimore. It doesn’t look more Charm City than the Baltimore World Trade Center!

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Charles Village Row Homes They’re not townhouses, they’re not apartments, they’re not normal houses. They’re row homes. You can be in any random part of Baltimore, with any of its niche-y little neighborhood quirks, and it will still feel like Baltimore because of the row homes lining each side of the street! The ones in Charles Village are especially gorgeous and well-kept, and you can event spot some crazy-colored ones on N Calvert.

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Wait, what’s with the bee? Oh, yeah, weird. I may or may not have that permanently marked on me.