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The Devil Wears Duck Boots

September 19, 2017

First of all, let’s establish the fact that The Devil Wears Prada was a cinematic masterpiece, and that Meryl Streep was snubbed at the 2007 Oscars for her role as Miranda Priestly.

Okay. Here’s hoping we’re on the same page.


Anyways, two weekends ago, I ruined my favorite pair of boat shoes when I was at the First Fridays art walk. Trudging through the rain in downtown Richmond, I managed to step in my fair share of puddles, and as you probably guessed, leather and lots of water really don’t mix well. It was a very tragic experience, and I decided to invest in some waterproof boots.

It rains at every school, but I’m going to try to build a case for as to why getting rained in, in Richmond, is actually one of the best things that can happen to you. I’m all about getting downtown (UR has buses that run downtown on the hour), soooo (in my opinion) the first step is hopping on a bus and starting a new adventure.

1. Libraries.

There’s something about the smell of old books that is just so soothing to me. I’d love to buy a candle that smells like old books. Just a few blocks from UR Downtown is the Richmond Public Library. While University of Richmond has a tremendous library (believe me, I plug it on this blog all the time), it’s also great to take just a little study break and head downtown to change up the scenery. It’s a great place to find a corner on a rainy day and read a book.

If you’re not in the mood for the smell of old books, try the Library of Virginia. Part museum, part library, part research center, the Library of Virginia (LVA) is All That. With rooms full of microfilm, mysterious special collections, and a fantastic little cafe, LVA has some great study spots and incredibly fast wifi.

2. Eating. Lots of food. All the food.

There’s so much food to be had in Richmond. National Geographic rated Richmond as a “top destination” for food travel in 2016. It’s 2017 now, and I don’t think that’s changed. From Ethiopian food or red velvet waffles in Shockoe Bottom, to a diner or brasserie in Carytown, to adorable ice cream shops or brunch spots in Westhampton, Richmond food has your back. Come to college hungry.


Perly's. One of Richmond's little treasures. 

3. Support the arts.

Head over to the Byrd Theatre and watch a second-run movie for $4. The Byrd is a historic theatre, with Renaissance Revival design. Just from an architectural standpoint, the Byrd is a super cool place, but you might as well watch a movie while you’re at it!

Another performing arts venue is the Altria Theatre, built in Moorish Revival style (I’m mentioning these things so that you can boost your Instagram aesthetic). Over the next few weeks, the Altria is featuring Jersey Boys, which incidentally features the song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Anyone who knows me knows that this song will always have a special place in my heart due to Heath Ledger’s performance in Ten Things I Hate About You. I digress.

A few more places: the Virginia Repertory Theatre (I’m going to see Fun Home there later this month), TheatreLAB (an independent theatre located in a basement), and the Dominion Arts Center (located in another Moorish Revival style building). When it rains, it’s time to hit up the vibrant Richmond performing arts scene!


4. Spend the day in one of many museums.

So. Many. Museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the American Civil War Museum, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, The Valentine, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Black History Museum, the John Marshall House, Agecroft Hall, and of course, the three museums located on the University of Richmond Campus… all of these places are PERFECT for a rainy day! Or any day, really. By far, my favorite place would have to be the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where you can find not only modern art, but also a killer traditional caffé macchiato.

So there you have it. As long as you’re wearing waterproof shoes, there’s never a dull rainy day in Richmond.

-Cory, ’19

Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.

Why UR?

I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.