Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Walking distance

When we were looking for a house, one of the criteria besides having a "in-law cave" (guest room downstairs with separate bathroom) we gave to our real estate agent was "walking distance to something". We wanted to be able to leave the house sans car and actually get somewhere. A store, a coffee shop, a plaza - something. This isn't necessarily automatic around here and in the city we live, you really have to look in a few, specific areas to full fill that criteria.

In the end we didn't too bad for being Northern California. Withing walking distance we have for example ColdStone Creamery (the best icecream), Starbucks (no need to specifiy...), Borders (bookstore with café) and WorldMarket (store filled with stuff from all over the world... like Swedish Fish and Droste chocolate).

Since my mom managed to catch some sort of "jet-lag-flu" and have been in bed for almost a week (out of the three they are staying), this has been great for her poor husband who has been taking daily walks around the neighborhood. He has never done so much shopping in years... he even bought shoes - voluntarily and alone!

7 comments:

Paul said...

I love ColdStone! Mint and Dark Peppermint Chocolate mixed with gummibears! Too bad they only have during Christmas.

veronika said...

Oh, stackars din Mamma, vad jobbigt for henne och kanske for maken ocksa...:) eller han kanske upptackte hur roligt det ar att shoppa?:)

Ni bor perfekt till Jacal! Nara till allt och aven till manga bra resturanger. Galler att halla i planboken bara, det ar tur att jag bor en bit ifran alla affarer..:)
Sjalv mar jag for forsta gangen okey efter en vecka med influensan.
Den gar runt har hos oss nu, synd nog.

JaCal said...

Paul - I'm glad it's within _walking_ distance... I almost get overwhelmed by all the choices - it's soo good!

Veronika - ja, jättetrist. Tror makens shoppingspree är högst tillfällig... ja, när mallen öppnar blir det helt perfekt. Och troligtvis väääldigt dyrt... ;-) Usch vad trist att du också är sjuk - vi har mest vårdat sjukling här tyvärr...

BritGirl said...

Yeah thank heavens for our local stores! My mom and her husband have also enjoyed walking there. If Borders ever leaves,I will cry and cry and...yeah,you get the point,I guess!

Oh and i like Strawberry cheesecake with piecrust mushed in from ColdStone Creamery...yum!

Annika said...

Coldstone är bara så MUMS!!!!!
Älskar den stället. Starbucks, ord överflödiga, Borders, underbart!! Och World market---perfekt!!! KUL att du har så nära till allt detta. Jag får allt sätta mig i bilen när jag ska till dessa platser, ja förutom till Stabucks, dit kan jag gå...
Råkar veta att din mamma mår bättre nu---JÄTTEBRA!!!

JaCal said...

Britgirl - yes... horrible if Borders would leave... BUT - Barnes&NOble is coming to the new mall! It's great with walking distances when you have house guests.

Annika - ja... såå gott! Det är faktiskt perfekta ställen att ha gång avstånd till - älskar att kunna gå! Jo, nu är hon äntligen lite bättre - tuffa dagar har hon haft... ;-(

BritGirl said...

Oh thats great! I love Barnes and Noble too.
Wow! Spoilt for choice now then.I wonder how long we will have to wait?