Random bullets of New London

  • The biggest surprise of moving here: even a couple of miles upriver from the Long Island Sound, I can still smell the sea, especially downtown, especially if the wind is blowing in the right direction. And there are always seagulls flying around over downtown. At some point I’ll have to try taking the ferry across to Long Island.
  • Grocery report: Fiddleheads Food Co-op, while not fully operational yet, is a decent place to get my organic hippie groceries, not to mention produce on Saturday mornings. Today I found little round cucumbers and a bunch of zinnias there. I was going to go check out this place this afternoon, but torrential rains are keeping me indoors.
  • One actually can get around on the local buses; it just takes a bit of advance planning. And strategy, because they only run once an hour. I’m definitely getting a bike before too long.
  • Random food factoid I learned the other day: there’s a distinctive southern Connecticut style of pizza, locally referred to as “apizza.” I think there’s also supposed to be a distinctive local style of clam chowder, but I haven’t gotten a chance to try any.
  • I haven’t visited the Antientist Burial Ground yet, but it’s not far from where I live, and when I do, I’ll take pictures.
  • There are what look to be wild blackberries growing next to the road on part of my walk home. Only I’m paranoid about picking any, because a) they’re probably saturated in exhaust from the interstate and b) I’m no botanist, and what if they turn out to be something poisonous instead?
  • You can totally see Long Island from the Connecticut College campus on clear days! (Or maybe it’s Fishers Island. I’m not entirely sure.) Take a look:

3 Responses to “Random bullets of New London”

  1. Patricia says:

    Re: “apizza” . . . Yay for New Haven-style pizza! I was never a big pizza fan until I went to grad school at Yale and discovered Wooster Square (known for its Italian groceries and restaurants–though the former are slowly disappearing). You must get a taste of “apizza” there. My favorites are Sally’s (brick oven pizza–white clam is the best) and Modern Apizza. Oooh, I envy you so!

  2. dale says:

    No, don’t eat blackberries by the interstate! It’s not as bad as it used to be, since they regulated the lead in the gas, but it’s still bad enough.

  3. Amanda says:

    Ah. That’s what I thought (re blackberries and exhaust). At least they’re pretty to look at.
    Patricia, I’m going to be in New Haven before long, and I shall have to check out the pizzerias — and the grocery stores!