The trip home from dinner was relaxing, because the area is so well maintained. People are safe. We stopped at Starbucks halfway home for a chance to talk and warm up. My coffee warmed my insides and made for a comfortable trip the rest of the way.
There is more noise, chatter and traffic outside. I feel like the Observer and I unintentionally avoided all the downtown action. Instead of lights, crowds and noise, we had our sense of adventure, good food, a pleasant neighbourhood and each other. The city is full of so many people and places, but when it comes down to it, we really only need a few basic things to be happy.