What can I say about Boulder? It’s like the Austin of Colorado. It all started in the 1960’s when every young American hippy dreamed of a fresh start and a new life Out West. Some of them ran out of gas or pot before they made it to California, and so they settled in Boulder. This area is also home to an insane number of national labs and military facilities, placed here during the Red Scare in an effort to decentralize our nation’s technological resources. On account of these institutions, there are a lot of nerds here — supposedly more advanced degrees per capita than any other American city.
More recently, Boulder has become a popular place for athletes to live and train. The high altitude and ample outdoor activities (roads paved for especially for cyclists, fantastic rock climbing, running, hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc) have allowed a thriving athletic community to develop here. There are SO many cyclists here. And they go really fast. Most of these people seem to own even more spandex than Liz, and are outrageously vain. But they add some flavor to the mix for sure.
People here are also aggressively eco-conscious (see above, taken from the Daily Camera on 6/14/08). CU Boulder, a big ten party school, even has waste-free football games: everything in the stadium can be recycled or composted. Most of the big public events around here are the same way. A lot of people (myself included) use a bike as their primary means of transportation, and a network of beautiful paved bike paths along creeks and through parks allow access to the entire city.
So far, I’m really enjoying life here. People here know they’ve got a sweet deal and they’re really uppity about it — think about the Prius episode of SouthPark. But I can deal with them. I get outside a lot, the academic community is a perfect fit for me, there’s good food. People are friendly, and there’s a great view of the mountains from every spot in town. I agonized a lot over my decision to come here for grad school, but now that I’m here I can’t imagine how I even considered anywhere else.
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