Archive for February, 2010

Detroit Needs a Hostel: Step One – Announcing the Dream

Pittsburgh thinks Pittsburgh needs a hostel – http://pittsburghhostel.org/.  They have been successful in rallying the support of 600+ facebook fans, and hold 100+ people fundraisers.   The dream was announced by Nathan in a blog post in 2007: http://clicknathan.com/2007/09/23/pittsburgh-needs-a-hostel/

I think Detroit needs a hostel too.  I wonder how many other people think so.  It looks like we have announced some dreams through:

Metromode has ideas for urban ramblings and how a hostel in the Detroit region could be beneficial.  Readers of the Detroit Free Press suggested an international hostel downtown Detroit.  Metroblogging – that’s me  :0) back in 2007 – expressed the need for a variety of different types of lodging downtown, including hostels.  A Transit Riders United competition finalist designed a hostel around the existing Amtrak Station in New Center.  I love this idea because entrances to cities are so important.  Does Detroit’s entrances make someone want to stay and explore?  

The dream has been put out in the universe.  Now let’s look at reality.  Will a hostel make it in Detroit?  What does it take to build a hostel in Detroit?  Run a hostel in Detroit?  Attract visitors to Hostels in Detroit? 

I don’t know, but I am going to find out one blog post at a time.  If I can’t use this aggregated information, I hope someone can.  Anything you can offer to Detroit hostel dreamers would be much appreciated.  Just comment on any of these hostel posts.    

Potential second steps:

– Envy Pittsburg’s logo and make an attempt at a logo

– Document history of hostels in the city

– Research tourism in the city

– Research laws in the city to get a hostel up and running in the city

Confessions of a Detroit Weight Watcher

A couple of Halloweens ago, I decided to join Weight Watchers through a program at work. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. The system, the meetings, the support – all great. I was convinced I would never be one of the “second-time-rounds.”

Here I am, two years later, on the second time around. I stopped my initial meetings because they were cancelled at my office. I now work at home downtown and am so very happy to have started up again at the Weight Watchers in the Harbortown Plaza.

Apologies to all Detroit Restaurants – I am the one who orders nothing and eats off my husband’s plate. I do make up for it in tips.

Marygrove College + Costa Rica

For the past few weeks I have been attending Marygrove College as a Continuing Education student. I have blogged about how much I love the architecture and cultural events that take place there, and now I have even more to add to that list. I am taking an Interdisciplinary Seminar class on Costa Rica, where we are studying the history, culture, geography, and environment of Costa Rica. We will be doing a 10 day trip in March, after which we apply our first hand experience to the research that we have been conducting prior to the trip. I did my undergrad at the University of Western Ontario and grad school at Wayne State – during this time, the factor of “class size” meant nothing to me, so classes ranging from 50 to 600 people were just fine and normal to me. Now, I could not think of a better experience than my 11 person class – with two professors – at Marygrove.

Spaceman of Detroit

Spaceman of Detroit

He clanked down the sidewalk beside East Grand Blvd. His armor was handcrafted from discarded urban debris. As he spotted me he left the sidewalk and began to walk down the middle of the street muttering to himself in a charming schizophrenic way. His hands had blades jutting out between the knuckles. Some looked fake, like tin foil wrapped around plastic, but one was a hefty metal shank.

Detroit Yoga

I have been doing Yoga on and off at the Boll YMCA for the past three years now. I remember when I took my first yoga class, it was during a yoga course I took through Wayne State. The class was held at a run of the mill college gym. I thought it a very un-inspirational place to partake in such a spiritual practice; however, I was hooked after the very first class. I remember looking in the mirror and not seeing myself, but seeing Indian classical dancers I had grown up watching. I also remember how determined I was to hold and strike poses despite excruciating pain. Today, I also practice in a gym, but a lovely one at the YMCA with a city view; however, I also now know that fancy surroundings are not what make a yoga practice. Tuesday nights are very calming, spiritual, and you are eased into some intense poses you never thought you could make. Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch are torturously athletic, mat drenching, and I lose all sight of the spirituality until I reach the end and am shocked that I survived. I love my Detroit Yoga and I love everyone who makes it out each week to share both the spiritual and the athletic.

Happy 2010 Detroit: Thank you for the Cheese and Bread

I never thought that I would be celebrating 2010 in Detroit. I actually rang in the new year in Florence, Italy this year on my honeymoon. I was very happy after a backpacking whirlwind honeymoon to come back home to the D. Eating delicious cheese and bread and sipping on lovely European cappuccino for two weeks really makes you appreciate places like J. Hirt in Eastern Market or Avalon in Midtown.

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