The town of Gambier is quaint. Home to Kenyon College, it’s hard to tell where the downtown and the college begin and end because they’re so closely aligned.
The university buildings are largely stone and old, in some ways resembling backdrop for a Harry Potter film.
I’m dying to go stay at this cute bed and breakfast. The weird thing is that I really don’t enjoy a B&B as I typically prefer more privacy and personal space than they offer. But I have a burning desire to curl up here with a book and blanket on a cold winter day.
There are some cute shops and restaurants including some with sidewalk cafe space for these warm weather days during the age of Covid.
And there’s an overall sense of civic responsibility and human decency that you often find prominent in a liberal arts college town. Be kind to your neighbor, shop local, be a good citizen are common themes found on many of the posters and signs here. People are also very careful to wear their masks and keep a safe distance.
My brief walk around town left me wondering about real estate prices and wishing that I had gotten my education here. What a delight it would have been to study here!
But that ship has sailed and I can take solace in the knowledge that visiting is always an option!
I don’t know how far it is for you, but it’s never to late to go (back) to college. I went in my 40s and might just go again!
It’s a couple of hours so that’s probably not an option. However, I agree that it’s never too late to go back to school and believe that every day is a good one to learn something new.
What would you study if you did?
History, art, English
How about you?
You sound like me! I majored in English, minored in history and took a few art history classes along the way. I would do it again and throw in some photography for good measure!
lOVE Gambier. Was a guest lecturer for a few weeks in the Music School fall semester 2018, and made sure to schedule time for walking the neighborhoods and popping into the shops before or after class—-
What a wonderful opportunity! I really do hope to go back and spend more time.
What were too teaching?
The Alexander Technique! I teach it in the OSU Dance Dept, and was filling in for a Denison colleague while he was on a short-term sabbatical—-
I’m glad you had this opportunity and fond memories of this town!
My fiancé finished his degree when he was 61. Do not give up
That is inspiring! Good for him!!
I already have my degree and really don’t need another one. I just enjoy learning and like that campus. If only I lived closer, I would likely be happy just sitting under a tree and reading a book like I did between classes when I was in college. 📚