We have officially been to Charlottesville together! We took off Thursday and Friday to make a long weekend of our apartment hunting trip, which marked my first time in the state of Virginia and what will soon be our new home, Charlottesville. I haven’t heard anything but good things about the town, and it was even better than I imagined!
The drive itself was gorgeous once we got into Virginia – mountains and farmland as far as I could see. Nathan spoiled me by driving so I could just soak up the views.
Our first night in Charlottesville, we met a current neuro resident and his wife for dinner at Brazos Tacos. We enjoyed walking around the IX Art Park beforehand and captured some photos. The food was delicious and the company was even better. It was a great way to kick off the trip!
Friday was all business. We had 8 scheduled apartment viewings and a couple more on our list for drop-in visits. It was a busy day but honestly the perfect way to see more of the city and get our bearings. It is an insanely beautiful area and I can’t believe we actually get to live there!
There were a few promising apartments, but we decided to sleep on the decision before committing to anywhere in particular. We ended the day with a dinner date at Monsoon Siam, which had been recommended by several people. It reminded us a lot of our favorite Thai place in Bloomington, so we felt right at home 🙂
The food was perfect comfort food after a busy and rainy day. We shared the fresh rolls with asparagus and peanut dipping sauce to start, I got Pad See Eaw with chicken, and Nathan ordered Ka Pow fried rice with beef. Hit the spot! We’ll definitely be back.
The next morning, we packed up and got on the road, calling a few apartments along the way and mulling over our decision. We were back and forth between being a 10-minute drive from downtown with 2 bedrooms vs. being in the heart of downtown with 1 bedroom. Ultimately we settled on the smaller place in the heart of the city. We think this will be the perfect way to start our lives in Charlottesville while getting to know the city as much as we can. Nathan will be really busy his first year of residency, so the shorter commute and walkability to the downtown mall will be awesome. City living will be different for us, but so is moving anywhere outside of Indiana, so we’re up for the change!
To recap: in 3 days time, we found a taco place, Thai place, place to live, had our first date, and met our first friends in Charlottesville. I’d say it was a successful trip, and I can’t wait to go back for good in a couple months! In the meantime, I’ll be finishing up at work, Nathan will complete a busy sub-I rotation this month, and we’ll be packing up our stuff and getting rid of a lot of it to make room in the new apartment. I’m excited to purge and simplify. Moving gives us a fresh start in many ways!
I can’t wait to see what life is like once we get settled in Charlottesville. If it’s anything like this past weekend, I have a feeling it will be the time of our lives. Stay tuned for many more adventures to come!