The time for me to move away from Bloomington, Indiana is inching closer by the day. For the past…almost 5 years, Bloomington has been such a warm and giving place to me. Growing up in Indianapolis, I felt a bit disconnected from my “communities” that were formed through school and extracurricular activities. I was always so far from everyone and everything in my “community.” Before I came to Bloomington, however, I never really knew what it was that bothered me about the place I grew up. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Indy is a great place! Especially in the last few years, Indy is really stepping it up! When I got to Bloomington, however, I felt like, truly, for the first time, I was an integral part in my community as well as the small “communities” I formed within it.
When deciding where to go to school, I was very hesitant to stay in Indiana. After applying to and visiting 11 colleges, however, it just did not make sense for me to go anywhere else. As much as I hated to admit it at the time, Indiana University and Bloomington had everything and more to offer…and, even better, was WAY less expensive! Looking back, I don’t think that I could have picked a better place to be. The communities of people that I quickly became a part of pushed me to become a part of the city of Bloomington rather than just an IU student. This is something that I feel very fortunate for as I have seen so many other students avoid anything other than what the university has to offer.
Now that I am getting time to reflect on my time in Bloomington and feel it drawing to an end, I am realizing more and more that I still have neglected a lot of really fantastic things that Bloomington has to offer. As many of my friends and loved ones would tell you, I was a bit of a nut in college…I wanted to participate in everything I possibly could! I am still so grateful that I did that, however, it didn’t always leave too much time for afternoon adventures. Bloomington is filled with amazing things to do! Because of this, I decided that I needed to make a bucket list of things I have yet to do…and will do….before I leave Bloomington!
As I make my way through this list, I plan on documenting it, photographically, of course! Bloomington and the people in it have meant so much to me. I feel as though I need to end my time here with something really meaningful. I want to leave feeling as if I have truly given Bloomington my all. I hope everyone lives someplace that they feel that way about at least once in their life!
In no particular order….let the Bloomington adventures begin!
1. Go to the farmers market and make a big, delicious dinner using only ingredients bought there
2. Visit the quarries
3. Date night and wine tasting at Oliver Winery
4. Watch the Little 500
5. See a Roller Derby
6. Visit the Kinsey Institute
7. Visit the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection
8. See a movie at the IU Cinema
9. Go see an IU summer concert
10. Go to Lotus Festival
11. Visit the Mathers Museum
12. Go to the Taste of Bloomington
13. Visit Wonderlab
14. Visit the Monroe County Historic Center
15. Go see the Wylie House
16. Visit Dillman Farm
17. Rent a boat with buds and spend a day on Lake Monroe
18. Go to the Monroe County Fair
19. Ride the B-Line Trail
20. Visit the Bluespring Caverns Park
21. Go camping with buds
22. Go the to Bloomington Hand Made Market
23. Rock and Roll Prom!
24. Go to Bloomington Craft Beer Fest
25. Day of shopping at local vintage and antique stores
Any suggestions or participants more than welcome!