There's a good reason for my near radio silence the past two weeks: I moved. Turns out, moving is harder and takes a lot longer than you anticipate. (You have WAY more stuff than you think you do. And, that delivery you scheduled? Yea, that's going to be inexplicably delayed.) But, now that I am all moved in, I'm excited to get to know my new neighborhood and get back in the swing of things.
There's a lot to discover in my new 'hood. I lived South of Fifth for five years and knew it like the palm of my hand. West Avenue is a completely different, unfamiliar planet to me. (It was "too far" from my beachfront SoFi digs.) When my cleaning lady cut her hand and asked me for a bandaid, I didn't even know where I could find a pharmacy nearby. I eventually found one—thanks to Google—but it was overwhelming to realize I'm starting from scratch.
I'm not completely lost. I was sufficiently informed on the first day of my move to pick-up Halves & Wholes as a quick lunch between moving boxes. My dry cleaner, my eye doctor, and my go-to happy hour spot, Bodega, are all down the street. But I am sorely missing South Pointe Park (one of my favorite Miami parks), the beach, and my neighbors. They were constants of my SoFi life for which I have yet to find substitutes here.
It is going to be a journey to feel fully settled, to make West Avenue feel like home. It will certainly never replace SoFi—how can I ever top what I had there? That said, it's time to make new memories, build new friendship, and get acquainted with the area. I look forward to sharing my West Avenue journey with you, starting this Wednesday with the scoop on Via Emilia 9, a regional Italian restaurant that welcomed me to the neighborhood with an incredibly delicious dinner.
Do you live or have you ever lived in the West Avenue neighborhood? Share your tips and favorite haunts with me in the comments below or send me a tweet @ThankYouMiami!