Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

15 Oct 2017, 13:35 p.m.

Cleveland Visit

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2017 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I'm visiting Cleveland, Ohio this coming weekend, in case you live there or have suggestions for things I ought to do.

(One proximate cause of this is that, through the Python community, I've met multiple nice people who are organizing or championing PyCon North America in Cleveland in 2018 and 2019, and who will show me around a bit. Another is the United Airlines rep who, while trying to reroute us on our solar eclipse trip, said, "The only place in the United States I can get you tonight is Cleveland" which sounds more like a Call to Adventure than most bad travel news does.)

I'm particularly interested in hiking, walking tours, live folk and rock music, history (especially political, social, and science and engineering history), pair programming, and trains. I'll be there Friday October 20th through Sunday October 22nd. I'm also open to giving a talk or two while in Cleveland. Feel free to leave comments on this post -- the spam filter is rather aggressive but I'll fish things out regularly!


15 Oct 2017, 17:24 p.m.

Have fun in Cleveland! I've never been, so I don't have any recommendations, but I'm looking forward to visiting during PyCon, and to benefiting from your superior knowledge of Cleveland then.

15 Oct 2017, 17:56 p.m.

<ul> <li>Tommy's restaurant in Cleveland Heights is my #1 recommendation - if you only go one place, make it here

- While you wait for a table, swing in to Big Fun just a couple doors down and be amazed

- Cuyahoga National Park and the canal tow paths are lovely if you can get out the city

- I haven't been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum since it opened - I want to though

- The waterfront along the lake - any part of the lake - is beautiful and worth checking out - there are SO MANY kinds of bridges downtown! but also parks further out from the center of town

- The West Side and the East Side are a little like OAK and SF - many people are hesitant to cross over

- One of the smallest National Park Service units is in Beachwood, OH but that's a heck of a drive if you're anything short of a fanatic about that sort of thing

- Walk around the Shaker Lakes and learn about the Shakers and Quakers - there's some new book out set in Shaker Heights

- Balaton in Shaker Heights has Hungarian food that's fantastic. Langos!!!!!

- The West Side Market is a must, and for me, a trip a couple blocks away to Farkas, a Hungarian bakery

Lots of what I love about Cleveland is about nostalgia for me, but for reals, get to Tommy's <br/></li> </ul>