Greetings from Phoenix, Arizona: one of the biggest cities in the nation and my new home for the next year-and-a-half!
When I told my friends back home in Hawaii that I was going to live in Phoenix to pursue my master’s at ASU’s Cronkite School, the most common reaction I got was: “Phoenix?! Isn’t it like… really really hot there?!” And lo and behold, the assumptions are not exaggerations. When people say it’s hot, it’s true: it really really is hot. I often dread being outdoors under the scorching hot sun and crave a nice, air-conditioned car or building.
But there must be more to this place than I give it credit for. As I look out the window of my downtown Phoenix apartment, I see nothing but a vast blue sky: a typical view from any location in Phoenix. But what else do I know about Phoenix other than its cloudless blue sky, over 100 degree summers and a plethora of cactus? Honestly, not a whole lot yet.
So far, I’ve played tourist at some pretty neat places: the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum, Chase Field and ASU. I’ve eaten delicious meals at Yelp-worthy restaurants: Cherry Blossom Noodle Cafe, Pizzeria Bianco and Nobuo. But that’s really the extent of my adventures here.
I’ve only been here for about a month so I don’t expect to know a whole lot right now, but I do intend to really familiarize myself with this place so that I can take in everything that this beautiful city has to offer.
But for now, I’m just a curious girl roaming a big city.
I’ll turn my curiosity over to you. What places or landmarks are must-visits? What restaurants must I go to? What are some fun recreational activities to do?
Desert Botanical Garden
ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication