When I decided to move to Baltimore several months ago, the reaction I received from friends and colleagues was a bit mixed. “Have you seen ‘The Wire’?” a few people asked me in a panic. “No,” I replied, but quickly logged onto HBO GO to watch a frightening hour or so of TV.
Living in San Francisco at the time, it’s safe to say that some of these West Coasters’ perceptions were a little – well, a lot – skewed. Not personally knowing much about the city – I’d been to Baltimore once as a middle school student on a short detour during a DC field trip – I decided to consult an expert.
During my graduate studies at the University of Mississippi I became good friends with a Philly native and Loyola University Maryland graduate who I knew would give it to me straight. When I called her with the news, she couldn’t have been more excited for me! “You’re going to LOVE Baltimore!” she shouted through the phone.
A resident of Charm City for a little over a month now, I must say, I’m quickly siding with her opinion. Baltimore has been such a welcoming city, with so much to do, see and explore. So far, I’ve sailed the Inner Harbor, biked the city, caught an Orioles game, spotted celebs at the Baltimore Book Festival, enjoyed a Natty Boh or two…or three…at a few different pubs and dined at some delicious restaurants.
And don’t even get me started on what I’ve already experienced just outside of the city: our nation’s capital, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, rock-climbing at Seneca Rocks, kayaking on the Shenandoah and canoeing on the Monocacy.
The Baltimore area truly has so much to offer and I’m so excited to see what it has in store for me – and good things are already happening! In fact, I just began working at Profiles, Inc. as an Account Executive. This is my second week on the job and I’m enjoying every minute.
The women I work with are intelligent, witty and downright fun to be around. Not to mention, they are certified experts on all things Baltimore – I know that I’m going to learn so much from them. I’m also extremely excited to begin working with some amazing Baltimore-based clients – the American Craft Council, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and the Y of Central Maryland – and truly immerse myself in the community.
Cheers to Baltimore!
Sailing in the Inner Harbor
The Lincoln Memorial
Kayaking on the Shenandoah River
Rock-climbing at Seneca Rocks