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The Lookout | October 19, 2021

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Zena’s Zest: Blazin’ heat to freezing snow

Zena’s Zest: Blazin’ heat to freezing snow
  • On September 27, 2021

By Zena Farhan
Staff Writer

It’s been a few months since I left my hometown of Las Vegas, and I still haven’t gotten used to it. Vegas has been named “Sin City,” but is it such a sin to lust for a new beginning?

Living in Vegas for around 10 years has made me accustomed to city life: the vibrancy and excitement of nightlife, the constant traffic, and the very interesting tourists – to say the least.

I enjoyed the convenience of stores being available 24/7 and world-class entertainment being at one’s very fingertips, even if it is at the sacrifice of one’s hard-earned cash.

Staff Writer Zena Farhan is shown in front of a mural in Lansing’s Old Town. Courtesy photo

But hey! Here’s to animal crossings, Spartan sports games and below freezing weather. I decided to move to one of the coldest states in the U.S. because of college, not so surprisingly. I figured it’s time for new adventures through the eyes of the coolest (pun intended) Michigander.

Being an art lover, I had my heart set on exploring Lansing’s art districts as soon as I could. One type of art I enjoy is street art, which is an interesting find in Lansing’s Old Town district.

I also found great bakeries and small business clothing shops to support in St. Johns and downtown Lansing. Even though the Grand River strip is a huge hit in East Lansing, I haven’t walked there much, given my phobia of fraternity boys.

All in all, I can’t wait to see all that Lansing has to offer. I hope to visit more art districts, museums and bakeries. I hope to endure every inch of snow that this city throws at me. Given that I still haven’t purchased snow boots, maybe I will do more endurance than I planned for.

Although I will terribly miss the sunny days of Las Vegas, I look forward to the unwritten stories of Lansing.