Happy two year Birmingham anniversary to the Sylvans! Two years ago this past weekend, we ended our bout of houselessness and hesitantly started to put down roots in the Magic City.
To mark the occasion, I want to share with you the things I love most about Bham:
- Friends—We made friends in Birmingham the 21st century way—via Twitter. We stalked some interesting folks, befriended them, and lucked out in that no one has murdered us—yet. I love them all to pieces.
- Running community—As I wrote about the other week, I hit the running jackpot. Little did I know two years ago that I had stumbled upon a running oasis in the middle of the South. Between BUTS and the BTC, I have a giant support system.
- Ad industry—Like most cities, Birmingham has a close-knit advertising/marketing/PR scene. Most of our friends are in the industry, so it’s fun to get together and get all ad geeked-out.
- Many blue dots—Birmingham is the bluest city in Alabama, so this outspoken Jersey girl blends in a little bit more with her like-minded peeps.
- Pepper Place—One of the top farmer’s markets in the country, Pepper Place is one of my favorite spots to visit on Saturdays. The renovated warehouses give it a grunge feel, and I am all about the local produce and samples!
- Magic City scene—New York Times. Southern Living. Minor Leagues. Birmingham is making headlines—in a good way—and making outsiders look twice at this changing city.
- Beer—I am officially a craft beer snob thanks to Good People Brewing, Avondale Brewery, and Cahaba Brewing. No watery, sub-par beer will quench my thirst now.
- Elevation Changes—I’m happiest when I can see mountains. Hills will do too. If you’re not familiar with the ‘Ham, did you know we have hills as far as the eye can see? And endless sunset-watching spots and runners with quads of steel?
Now, this isn’t a full head-over-heels love affair. I haven’t committed to Birmingham for as long as we both shall live. There are plenty of things I hate about the city too. So let’s call it puppy love—my emotions are strong, but they need more time to grow.
But for right this moment, Birmingham is perfect. It’s welcoming, it’s fun, and it’s home.