Monday, March 19, 2012

Life in Des Moines, IA

I recently moved to Des Moines, IA for a job after having stayed in New Jersey for more than a year. While it's only been a little more than a month since I've moved, for the past few days I'm really missing the Indian restaurants of NJ (The Dosa Grill on Route 27 in particular! My God, their Sambhar is the best I've ever had, and that includes those that I've tasted in Mumbai, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu).

While moving out of a certain place after having resided there for a fair amount of time does have it's own inertia associated with it, it does come with the possibility of exploring new places. Having said that, Des Moines, although the capital of the US state of Iowa, is only about 80 Sq miles including suburbs. To put that bluntly, if you were to stand in the middle of the city and walk about 10 miles in any direction you'd end up in the middle of nowhere! The city however, is surrounded by four other major US cities - Chicago to the East, Kansas City to the South, Omaha to the West and Minneapolis to the North. I'm definitely planning to visit a couple of these in the near future.

In the process of settling into the new town, I've rented my own studio apartment (Which costs about half of what you would pay if you were in New Jersey). I've also met a few Indian origin people in the city which is always good and am cooking my own Indian food.

PS - If you're ever in Des Moines, IA be sure to visit the Iowa State Capitol, the Des Moines Downtown and the Botanical center here.

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