Accelerate quickly away from...
Accelerate quickly away from stop signs and traffic lights -- don't sit there with your
mouth open, wondering what to do. It just annoys the locals behind you. And try
not to drive the wrong way down one way streets -- sometimes we sit outside the
bars and restaurnats taking bets on how many confused Ohio drivers or people
from Farmington Hills will turn South on Ashley. My fondest memory occurs every Spring with the students (most of 'em,
If you've never been to...
If you've never been to Michigan, you need to know about Meijer's. Imagine a grocery store that also sells (a lot of) clothing, CDs, books, music, furniture, toys, electronic equipment, automobile accessories, and lawn and garden equipment. Now imagine it being open 24 hours a day.
If it's 3am and you just -really need- to swing by the store to pick up milk, frozen pizza, a bookcase, a can of Fix-Flat, pictures for your living room, the latest Madonna CD, some underwear, a couple of cans of paint, and a barbecue grill, there's no better place. Since I've been living in California, Meijer's is, oddly, one of the things I miss the most. Having a one-stop store which keeps pace with my sometimes odd schedule was just amazing.
There are a fair number of people from India in Ann Arbor and, as a result, lots of great Indian restaurants. Raja Rani is one popular spot located inside what was once probably a large, private home. Tandoori chicken, kari (vegetables with a mild ellow sauce) and mattar alu (peas and potatoes with a sweet curry sauce).
Great Middle Eastern
Jerusalem Gardern is a good cheap eats. Best falafel in town! They also serve, salads (tabbouli, hommous, baba ganoug,etc.), rice and salads, vegetarian sandwhiches (falafel, hommous, tabouli, baba, grape leave, etc.), non-vegetarian sandwiches (grape leave, kibbeh, kafta kabob, etc.) and combination plates. Only downer, it's really hot in there in the summer, but just order it to go and sit outside. Open Mon-Fri 10-9, Sat 11-9 & Sun 12-8. Falafel with hommous. So good and only $3.50.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
If you're traveling in Ann Arbor with children make sure to stop off at the Hands-On Museum. It has four floors featuring displays on the human body, the natural world and technology. Open Tues-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. Admission $5, children under 12 $3.