day 5 | ann arbor

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Miles: 1258 - 1521
On the radio: Sara Bareilles, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis x2, Rilo Kiley, Feist, Paramore

Following my teary departure from St. Catherine's, I hit a point where I couldn't listen to the fantasy of another world anymore and just needed to listen to music and not think about anything. 

I love driving. I especially love driving with music. I especially especially love driving with loud music and singing and being in my own little world of big feelings. I drove through what I suppose is called Ontario's "greenbelt" as I made my way to Ann Arbor. It was sunny and pleasant but most of the time I was practicing my own version of meditation.

Somehow I made it across border control re-entering the US as a lone traveler driving a stranger's car packed with his belongings across the country. All they wanted to know was where I went to college and how I got in (a poor minority, I said).

Just like Niagara, Ann Arbor wasn't part of my original path but as luck would have it, Harben's younger sister is going to school there and I got to crash on a college house sofa. It was all quite funny to me, really. I thought about my own college days and my worries about the future. I wanted to tell all six of these kids that there's nothing and everything to be afraid of post-graduation. And a little part of me was jealous that they had such an openness in front of them, while mourning that part of mine was gone.

That's how it always is, isn't it?

Anyway, Ann Arbor is adorable and Tanner is adorable and can I tell you about their library? It reminds me of Oxford and Harry Potter and I wished I was back in college for the three seconds I forgot it was a law school library. The feelings I used to feel in church sanctuaries have bled over to libraries. They contain all of the promise, enlightenment, and escape. They are my mecca now.

As with many stops on this trip, my visit was brief and I felt like I'd only scratched the surface. I hope to go back and do it right (preferably when it's golden and beautiful like this).

Places went and loved:

Literati - a bookstore with a coffee shop inside!
The Lunchroom - I had nachos with mac and cheese
UMMA - there were Picassos!
Law Library - duh

PS - Tanner is an amazingly talented composer and performer who is fundraising for her next album, "The Summer Sinks" right now! Her music makes me feel like I'm in another world in the best way.

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