My stay in Indianapolis has been much more people oriented than city oriented. My lovely couchsurfing host, Sarah, was wonderful. We clicked immediately and we’ve spent a lot of time together in the last couple of days. We kept it pretty laidback; she is pregnant and due in 6 weeks so we didn’t push it. I really enjoyed our conversations and the afternoon she spent teaching me to hula hoop in the park.
Later in the day, Sarah’s other couchsurfer, Arnold, came out from Philadelphia. We went to Lockerbie’s to meet a group of couchsurfers in the area so we got to meet a lot of other interesting people. I enjoyed a couple Negra Modello and my first taste of fried pickles. Afterwards, we went to the bar, Mousetrap, with of few people. Oddly enough, there were people hula hooping on the dance floor as well as spinning glowing poi.
I met a lovely quirky artist that just recently moved to Indy, a conservatively-dressed introvert from Milwaukee that broke out of his shell with the greatest off-color jokes and an engineer from Belarus that designs car engines.
I got a horrible night sleep last night and I’ve got the sniffles so I’ve taken it really slow today. Arnold had a job interview this morning; Sarah and I met him for lunch at a local Indian buffet before he had to go to the airport. Sarah went to work at 4 and I pushed myself to take a long walk along Massachusetts Ave, which has a bunch of public art and artsy shops. I really enjoyed the large brick head sculpture; each brick was custom shaped and the structure was rigged with the subtle sounds of construction. Was quite interesting.
I haven’t seen much of the city honestly. But I am very happy to have met all the people I had the opportunity to meet over the last couple of days. Sarah is a complete sweetheart, intelligent and passionate and self-assured. I really appreciated hearing her thoughts on life. Every new perspective is life altering. Hugs to couchsurfers everywhere; they are amazing people.