THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2012
Te lie o an abroad student can sometimes appear tobe one o commitment-ree, jet-set debauchery. And whilemy current time at Cambridge—ull o our-course ormalmeals in seven-hundred-year-old grand dining halls—may seem like an upgrade rom the daily Providence grind, thereare more than a ew things that I miss dearly about our rainy,hilly abode. Here are the top ve:
Bagel Gourmet Olé
: From the moment I landed in theUK, one thought dominated my incredibly jet-lagged mind:Where can I nd the nearest egg and cheese sunower seedbagel (with extra hot sauce to boot)? BGO has everythingthat my hungry college soul needs: carbs, protein, caeineat airly cheap prices, and, most importantly, two locationsthat are roll-out-o-bed-in-PJs distance rom both ends o campus. Also, the act that nearly every store here closes by 5 p.m. makes BGO’s all day availability even more appealing.(Never underestimate the power o the dinner bagel.)
Places to Buy Cheap Tings
: My denition o “thristore” is pretty loose, but that’s exactly what I love so muchabout this city. While it’s pretty easy to nd the classics likeSalvation Army and Second ime Around, Providence o-ers many sources or buying secondhand and vintage wareso all kinds. Tere’s the treasure trove o kitsch known asForeign Aair, the numerous student-run sidewalk/MainGreen clothing sales, and, i you’re up or a walk, the Really Really Free Market downtown. And trust me, the merits o buying that $2 t-shirt are quite apparent when the highlighto thriing in Cambridge is a $15 William & Kate nailclip-per.
Painully Hip Coee Shops
: Let’s be honest, most col-lege towns have more than their air share o independent,air-trade, gluten-ree, indie music–blasting coee shops.What makes Providence’s mocha meccas especially notableis that they somehow manage to do all things ethical anddo them well. ake Blue State, or example, with granolascones that will haunt you with their healthy deliciousness,or Coee Exchange with its organic, sustainable coee. Butmy avorite thing about Providence coee shops has to bethe eeling o community that comes with quasi-awkwardly sharing those small tables with proessors, ellow Brunoni-ans, RISD-ers, and all other members o College Hill.
: Providence may not be amous or itsgreen space, but there are ew spots as picturesque andcharming as Prospect Park. What it may lack in size, Pros-pect Park makes up or in its beautiul vistas. Situated on topo College Hill, it looks over the entirety o the Providenceskyline, rom the Providence Place Mall to the State House.Its semi-isolated location makes it the perect place to havea romantic, champagne-lled picnic with someone special,and its views provide a constant reminder o just how wellProvidence cleans up.
: So technically Faunce isn’t part o Providenceproper—but think o all it has to oer. Perectly baked cook-ies and muns? Check. Large study rooms with comy couches that tempt you into mid-day naps? Check. Hydra-tion stations? Check. Faunce is like the ultimate comortingparent-gure in swagged-out building orm—always thereto provide the good ood, shelter, and iced coee necessary or ultimate intellectual development.Although many o my ellow Brown-town residents may be lamenting its gray skies and 2 am curews, it’s importantto remember all the great things Providence has to oer.Even with all the luxuries I have at Cambridge, I dream o the day when I can nally sip coee milk while watching thesunrise rom Loui’s. So whether you’re in need o brain oodor cozy shelters, Te Divine City can be a veritable treasuretrove o collegiate comorts, open to all who are willing toembrace it.
Illustration by Caroline Washburn
absence makes the heart grow fonder
still pissed atCoachella.
barely a month into the semester andalready tired of reading.
munching on therhubarb, a traditionalfood of Leap Day.
reading about theGCB three times thisweek: once inPost-, twice in
New York Magazine.
picking up the pieces,putting it all together.
TOP TENThings We Don’t Like About Providence
Rain.Tedeschi.Parking.Masturbators in Julia andKristina’s backyard.Not Boston, New York, Paris,Florence, et. al.Daily armed robberies.F*cking cocaine.No booze between 2 and6 a.m.F*cking cyclers.No mo’ FishCo.
suffering post-awardshow season depression.
cinching the girth sowe don’t fall off.