Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Now this really is a challenge for me. The honeymoon for me and the place I live is over. Growth brought lovely things at first. Now, it’s bringing more of the negatives: traffic congestion, more crime, failing infrastructure, higher cost of housing, tacky, generic apartments/condos being built, etc.

But there are still a few things that I enjoy about my city. Let’s take a tour.

Tall buildings, but not too tall

We have a skyscrapers, but the city isn’t overrun by them, yet. This allows us to still see lots of sunny skies even in winter and unblocked views. The city also tries to upgrade rather than tear down. Just before the skyline shown are old warehouses that were turned into restaurants. The low buildings help downtown not feel too claustrophobic or crowded in the air.

Raleigh skyline from Amtrak station

This also means….

Trees are still important

Although this is just starting to change, from the 6th floor of a 13-story building, you can see lots and lots of greenery downtown and during every season. Even from this second story parking lot you see trees. The city still lives up to its moniker — City of Oaks.

View of downtown from Cameron Village

It’s Dog friendly

There are three dog parks in the city and several more in the towns that make up the surrounding metropolitan area. This is an event held by a Schnauzer Rescue group at one of them.

three mini schnauzers

Take a tour of other cities at The Daily Post.

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Wishes come true: Yuri On Ice at the Olympic Games

cartoon me jumping in ice skatingAll season long I’ve been whining about how I wished Hanyu Yuzuru would skate to Yuri’s short program music, Yuri On Ice, from the anime of that name. And then the Twittersphere delivered this to me today: Suzaki Miu and Kihara Ryuichi skated to music from the Yuri on Ice soundtrack at the Olympics!

How the heck did I miss this all season! (Well, I didn’t watch much pairs skating last year, so there’s that.) I hope more skaters make use of other music from the soundtrack. It’s really good. Here’s Suzaki and Kihara doing their thing at the Four Continents Championship.

Yuri on Ice

 


 Born to Make History

And bonus, they skated to my favorite polyglot Dean Fujioka’s song Born to Make History, too. I can’t gush about him now. That’s for another post, another day.

 


Japanese skaters have skated to music from my favorite anime about figure skating. I can die a happy woman now.

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