Jessica L. Ryan
Jessica L. Ryan

N ow that the holidays are officially over, you've decided to come back to Boulder... except the bars are pretty much empty, nobody's around, and you're not entirely sure what to do with yourself.

Well, take it from me, nerds -- you're not the only one in this predicament.

To wrap up my "nerdy excursions" series, here are a few adventures right in our own backyard. A lot of them are great for if you're by yourself, but hey -- you might meet a fellow nerdy Buff while you're out and about.

Boulder History Museum

To continue my fangirl-ing over museums, I must say I truly love the Boulder History Museum. Located in a house built in the late 19th century, the Boulder History Museum features exhibits about various elements of Boulder's past. One of their popular temporary exhibits tells the history of Chief Niwot and his role in the history of our area. Keep an eye out for hilariously snarky signs in the exhibit -- the museum staff certainly has a sense of humor.

Boulder's history is so much richer than I'd ever thought -- so much that it's starting to outgrow the old house it's currently in. In the next few years, the museum will be moving to a new location downtown, so make sure you check it out while it's still in the awesome old house. Plus, student tickets are only $3 and it's a super short walk from campus.


Celestial Seasonings Factory

If you've been anywhere on campus, you know that Celestial Seasonings kind of rules the tea market at the University of Colorado. But did you know the teas are blended right in the Boulder area?

The Celestial Seasonings factory out in Gunbarrel features free tours that include a tasting afterward. You get to see how the teas are blended, learn about where different teas come from and even see the assembly line that puts the teas in bags and the bags in boxes. You also get to experience the famous "Mint Room," a room full of pure peppermint that is perfect for clearing up your sinuses -- or making small children cry.

And the factory's gift shop is a tea-lover's dream, especially if you're a fan of Celestial Seasonings. The shop has everything from pens to teapots to Bengal Spice lip balm. Mmm.

Salsa Lessons at the Avalon Ballroom

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to put yourself out there more, why not start with salsa dancing? The Avalon Ballroom is a gorgeous venue in east Boulder that hosts various events, including a social salsa night every Thursday. If you're like me and have two left feet, don't worry -- they have instructors for three different levels. Lessons begin at 7:30 and dancing lasts until 10:30. Tickets for lessons and dancing are only $8, and they provide snacks and dessert.

Salsa is a great way to get your body moving, and knowledge and passion are at the core of what it means to be a nerd. So get yourself out there! You never know who you'll meet on the dance floor.

Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @jessicalryan.