Happy Friday! First off, thank you so much for visiting my page and following my travels. My adventures mean nothing if I don’t have people to share them with.
For my first blog post I figured I would feature the place that has grown to become “home” over the past 4 months. Moving across the country isn’t exactly a vacation or a trip but it is most definitely an adventure.
I moved to Dallas, Texas in January of this year. I had an idea of what to expect because I had visited my fiancé a few times who had moved here in April of last year. I knew that Dallas was a place busting at the seams with opportunity! I knew I’d see a few cowboys here and there, I’d here a lot of ya’ll, I’d have no problem finding BBQ and chicken biscuits and that I’d get people offering me Coke when they were really talking about Pepsi, but what I didn’t expect was to find a place like Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum is an area of Dallas located just northeast of the city.
Like all of Dallas, the population of Deep Ellum is growing extremely rapidly. The growth of new business in the area is unbelievable. Every time I turn around there’s a new restaurant, coffee shop, barber shop, thrift store, boutique and whatever else you can image a Main Street would be filled with. What’s different about Deep Ellum is the culture, art and history that the city is fueled by. Brick-and-mortars show their age through their structures deep cracks and the steel entry doors that separate the cobblestone sidewalks from the buildings modern and swanky interiors… things in Deep Ellum are old but nonetheless absolutely beautiful to a certain kind of eye. Every brick wall is covered in the most exquisite street murals by artists, music of all genres fills the streets at night and the people walking the streets whether small business owners, artists, up-and-coming musicians or brewers are there making a name for themselves. I could go on and on about what Deep Ellum looks like and why it’s so different from the Uptown or Greenville of Dallas but I think what’s important to focus on here is what this area has taught me.
Traveling is all about opening up and learning or realizing things about you and the world around you. Coming from Chicago I was so used to even the oldest buildings looking pristine and put together – Deep Ellum made me realize that old and “run down” if you will, is beautiful too! Because it’s not that the people don’t have money to fix it up. It’s not that they don’t care about what it looks like. It’s that they value their history (Deep Ellum was the home of one of Henry Ford’s earliest car plants and European immigrants in the 1800’s). They understand that every building has a story behind it. But most of all, they understand it’s the people and their talents which make up the patchwork community that is the most beautiful and important thing. Every time I’m in Deep Ellum I feel differently; I feel relaxed, grounded, I feel free.
All in all, I am so excited to be living here in Dallas and to be adventuring through this city on a daily basis. If you’re looking to get away for a weekend and to experience all this growing city has to offer, please fill out the contact form on the contact me tab or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! Until next week my fellow travel enthusiasts!