I've been here in Minnesota for a few days now, and the adventure has been phenomenal! I'm already missing everyone back in Knoxville, but hopefully Dell and I (and "Grover") will have a few visitors soon!
When we arrived early Friday morning I was a bit stressed. It's not easy moving your life to a location you haven't been able to see, but after airing out our new apartment in a 100 year old building, the place is beginning to look like our own. One of my biggest concerns along the way was my car, and although it arrived with us in the condition it began the journey in, I actually haven't used it that much! Every morning I put on a suit, grab my brief case, and walk to the bus stop. It feels nice to participate in the culture of a city this way, and I hope to spread my use of public transit into the weekends.
Dell and I have also discovered some phenomenal food here. The Irish pubs we've visited haven't disappointed, and we've even tried a Nepali restaurant! Now that I'm all "grown-up" with the big boy job, though, cooking at home should be more regular than it was in Knoxville.
The bassoon is here with me (of course), and once I get a hang of what's happening at my new job, I plan on starting a chamber music collective. Getting into the standards will be fine, but I'm ready to dig deep into what is possible - let's cover some rap or death metal!
Thank you to everyone who's helped me along this transition. Things still feel fairly new, but my new city is one that I already love, and I look forward to what the future holds! Here's a photo of my new apartment building: