Summers in Columbus? In my opinion they’re the best part of the year in the city. Campus is nearly empty and there’s plenty of free off-street parking, along with all kinds of events going on in town. This is my second time living in Columbus outside of the normal academic year and I’m getting the most out of it.
At Highlights we have a flexible summer Friday schedule, meaning that as long as I get my 40 hours in before noon on Friday I can head out early. This isn’t my first internship that has this policy and I definitely appreciate it. This past week, I decided to join my boyfriend for an afternoon in Goodale Park, which is right downtown. He’s a musician so he hauled his gear out to play in the nice weather and I read my book underneath a nearby tree. After a couple hours we walked two short blocks over to North Market and picked out some lunch, Thai red curry for me and tikka masala for him. No trip to North Market is complete without an ice cream cone from Jeni’s, too. After that, we walked back and visited the Pizzuti Collection that sits right next to the park. The Pizzuti Collection is a small section of the Columbus Museum of Art that displays pieces donated by the Pizzuti family. It’s a quick visit, free for students, and great for local, modern artists so I would definitely recommend it.
On Saturday I woke up early and went straight to the Clintonville Farmer’s Market. Clintonville is the neighborhood just north of the University District and they hold a farmer’s market on one of their blocks from April – November. I participate in a compost exchange, so I was there just to drop off my weekly food scraps and get a new collection bag. After that, I hopped on a bus to the Short North and got my hair done at Penzone. The salon is on the pricier side but has a great vibe and excellent stylists. When I was done I decided to walk the ten blocks back to apartment since it was another nice day. Not long after I got back, my mother arrived after driving up from Dayton and we went out to the local vintage shops to look around. There’s a collection of three vintage/antique stores all on one corner on North High (the Boomerang room is my favorite) that we go to a lot, along with Grandview Mercantile over in…you guessed it, Grandview. We ended the day with dinner at Aab India which is undoubtedly my favorite place for Indian food in the city.
Sunday was spent getting groceries and relaxing before the start of another busy week. I’m looking forward to all the other Columbus fun I’ll have this summer, including ComFest in just three short weeks. If you ever need suggestions on something fun to do in the city, I’m happy to give suggestions