Transplant Diaries

After graduating from college this spring, I spent a week at my parents’ home in Greenwich before getting on a one-way flight to Oakland. For the past week I have been a resident of North Berkeley, California, and I am more baffled than proud. The neighborhood in which I live is about a thirty minute walk from the Berkeley that people think of — home to the university and the youthful college town. North Berkeley is rougher around the edges and not exactly what I expected. It is still too soon to tell if the Bay Area is indeed where I belong, but here are some of my initial pros and cons on: The battle of Berkeley vs. Greenwich.

1. Pedestrians always have the right of way. I’m not saying in theory, either. If you stand at the edge of an intersection, cars will just stop for you regardless of whether or not there is a sign to tell them to do so. They just stop. You can just walk across the street. It is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen, as I was raised in the “that Range Rover is worth more than you and will run you down” streets of central Greenwich.

Point: Berkeley.

Part One of my new series “Transplant Diaries” is up on Greenwich Free Press now!

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Ella Dawson is a sex and culture critic and a digital strategist. She drinks too much Diet Coke.

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