Alright, some of you may have actually watched the slideshow I made of our first visit here to SLC back in April, but I’m thinking that, counting my parents, I had an audience of 4, so I decided to go back and individually post some of the images included in that and provide a little commentary (which you love so dearly, Internet, I know) based on what we’ve discovered since the first impression we had of the city. Which was, incidentally, the same visit we came to sign a lease on an apartment. So good thing we liked it! (I’m telling you, sight unseen is the way to move. Nothing like livin’ on the edge. :) )
Flying at just before sunrise is SO much better. Totally pulled the I’ve-got-the-camera-so-I-get-the-window-seat there AND back!
Talk about FIRST IMPRESSIONS…. Man oh man alive!
New license plate! (Utah, not such a good idea to give CHOICES, because of course Jamie and I had to debate the pros and cons of each one in the DMV. In the end, I won with the most colorful one!)
Jamie’s new alma mater. This stadium was built especially for the 2002 Olympics, so it is niiice. With all the mountains surrounding it, I might actually want to attend a football game or two this fall.)
So maybe you’ve noticed I have this thing for tulips?
Gotta love that big blue sky.
Seriously, the mountains are so close you can reach out and touch them. Well, almost.
Don’t think the Utah sunsets need any more explanation…
…..because there are pedestrians EVERYWHERE! And bikes. And scooters. Plenty of sidewalks and even bike lanes. Awesome.
You might be thinking to yourself, “My, what a lovely temple that is!” But nooo, this ain’t no temple. This is just a MEETING HALL. Built with the leftover chips of granite they used to build the real thing. The LEFTOVERS.
One day, I will own one of these and park it in my yard. And you will be jealous.
How can something be so happy and colorful and yet SO DARN CREEPY all at the same time? Man, and I thought Southerners had some interesting “yard art.”
A. Dor. A. Ble.
There are many things to love about this image, but the awesome horse notwithstanding, take a lookie at the store window in the background. Pretty much my style frontwards and backwards and every which way. Loveeeee it.
Little did we know that during our first visit, we happened to be in town the very same weekend as SLC’s twice-yearly conference, for which Mormons travel from far and wide to hear the President, Prophet, Revelator, and Seer (and yes, he is all these things, apparently) speak. There were Mormons EVERYWHERE, but there were also some protestors too. I guess they were Christians, but of the very fundamentalist yell-in-your-face sort. All the Mormons just filed right on past them, hardly noticed them I don’t think. Anyway, what’s been really interesting is finding out how much more diverse this city is than we expected it to be. I mean, obviously, the Mormons have the majority, and as a whole, Utah is an extremely conservative state. But downtown there is the whole other population of liberals and activists and whatnot. Like today, on a Sunday morning, probably 2/3 of the city was in one of the hundreds of temples around here worshipping, while outside a bunch of streets were blocked off for a huge gay pride parade. In Salt Lake City! Crazy, huh? There is a huge spectrum of beliefs and cultures and lifestyles and politics… way more so than we imagined. It’s made for some very interesting experiences thus far.
Snowstorms in April result in this.
And I kid you not when I say that almost every single day of the week, at any given time of the day, there is a wedding party being photographed in front of the temple. Sometimes two or three at a time! (They have to do all their pictures outside because non-Mormons, i.e. most photographers, aren’t allowed inside the temple.) Talk about a venue in high demand! Even last night, as we were walking home through the square, we watched a guy propose to a girl (with all their family around them) right smack in front of the temple. It is the place to BE.
It’s our house!
Everybody bikes, which means they have some of the sweetest bikes I’ve seen.
This, my friends, is the public library. How awesome is this? It’s 6 stories high and has a coffee shop and little stores at the bottom, and a MILLION places to hide away and read, and all the outside is glass so the views are unreal. And the lightrail drops off right in front, so you can just zip on over whenever you need to get away and curl up with a good book for awhile.
Yup. Probably gonna need one of these someday. :)
Again, something you wouldn’t expect to see in Salt Lake. AT ALL.
Apparently the Mormons love the Beatles even though the Beatles think that love (not Joseph Smith) is all you need.
I love these chairs because they remind me so much of pink plastic flamingos. And because they’re awesome retro metal patio chairs, which someday I will find. That is, if I don’t come back to Knoxville and steal Carrie and Shane’s first.
Ah, Anthropologie. I think I can get used to having you, IKEA, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and American Apparel close by for once in my life.