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January 26, 2011
Steve in his canoe

Steve in his canoe

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Trying to describe what Ann Arbor is like, is like to trying to describe a sunrise or sunset. You have to see it for yourself to understand what it’s all about. Yes, it is home to the University of Michigan, located in the southeast corner of Michigan, 45 miles west of Detroit, and where I have been lucky enough to call home for the past three years.

Beginning with the housing situation of Ann Arbor. I live in the Kerrytown area which is about a 10 minute walk north of the dental school, which is mostly a neighborhood of graduate students, and home to Ann Arbors Farmers Market. Some choose to live together, for example, I am one of seven in a house. Others choose to live alone in apartments, there are many options near the dental school, or just outside the greater central campus area. I know many of my classmates use the Ann Arbor bus system and it is very convenient.

Culture? Everywhere you look, Ann Arbor has it! There are plenty of opportunities to experience new tastes, sights, and sounds throughout the central campus and downtown areas! The University Music Society and other local venues host all kinds of talent throughout the year, and during the summer, the city of Ann Arbor hosts the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which is located in the Ingalls Mall just across the street from the dental school! Every so often I enjoy a walk through the U of M museums, my favorites are the Museum of Natural History (just up the street) and University of Michigan Museum of Art. Speaking of art, Ann Arbor is home to one of the largest art fairs in the nation!

Want to stretch your legs? Ann Arbor is an awesome town to walk/run/or bike around!  My daily running routes include a loop around the Big House or along the Huron River, or wherever the stop lights turn me. If window shopping fits your fancy, head towards the Main Street or State Street areas. Personally, I am fan of water, and on the weekends, you can find me and my friends floating the Huron River in canoes/tubes or fly fishing!

Hopefully this gives you some ideas of what Ann Arbor has to offer besides a world class University!

Steve Davis is a D3 from Gladstone in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. and M.S. in Biology. He is passionate about canoeing and canoe building beginning at Camp Manitowish YMCA, and continues to work on boats during his spare time at home with his family.

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