Diner Dash

In September I moved to Philadelphia. Previously, I resided in an extremely rural region of New Jersey, where I had lived for most of my life. The biggest culture shock wasn’t the abundance of people or buildings that stretched into the sky, but the fact that the city doesn’t shut down at 10 pm.

I’m a bit of a night owl, so one could imagine the exasperation felt when hunger strikes at 11 pm and there is nothing to be found in the barren void that is your refrigerator. In rural Sussex County, New Jersey this is a dilemma for any late-night cuisine connoisseur.

The closest establishment open during the late evening hours is an approximate 35-minute drive out of town. This is quite the hike to take on an empty stomach. Nonetheless the experience has been night and day upon moving into the big city.

After living here these short few months I simply couldn’t imagine returning to the wasteland that is rural countryside life. Even while visiting home during the winter break I felt an intense anxiousness to return to the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia.

With every day that passes I grow happier with my decision to uproot my life and move onto Drexel’s campus. Looking forward to what 2018 has to offer.

Ali Ziabakhsh-Tabari

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