A month ago, I relocated to a new-to-me Philadelphia neighborhood called Chestnut Hill. It’s in the Northwest corner of the city. As most of you are probably aware, Philly is rather large — both geographically and demographically. The neighborhood where I live, while still technically Philadelphia, is actually 9 miles from Center City. Normally, being so far away from the action would bother me, a self-professed city girl. However, I’ve liked Chestnut Hill since my first visit there nearly three years ago. Not only does it have a lot of charm, but it’s close to the woods and has its own downtown district within walking distance of my new place. Here, one can find cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing boutiques, and galleries. Really, the only thing missing so far as I can tell is a movie theater.
Another perk is that Chestnut Hill is an easy commute to and from work for me. In my spare time, there is plenty of green space in the ‘hood for my dog to run and play, and parking never seems to be an issue. Would I like to someday feel the energy of the city again on a daily basis? Sure! But for now, Chestnut Hill seems perfectly suited to my tastes.
One funny bit of synchronicity, too, is that my Belgian-American best bud, Viviane, just bought a condo six hours north in Boston on a street called — you guessed it — Chestnut Hill. Viv and I have stayed connected over the past 10 years, even though we’ve been living in different cities for much of that time. We’re as different as night and day in many ways, but we have a few things in common: we each have one Hungarian parent born and raised in Budapest, we both have grandmothers named Ilona (a Hungarian name; also my sister’s name), and we both spent time studying in Spain. As adults, we both live on the East Coast in places called Chestnut Hill. What a small world. Or, as the Spaniards would say: “¡el mundo es un pañuelo!”
By the way, there’s been no headway on finding the origin of the mystery jeans (see previous post). I’d like to say that Jeff’s off the hook because I trust him one hundred percent but the truth is that my antenna are up right now. Wouldn’t yours be?
Until next time, amigos y amigas!
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