Let’s just start this post by saying that I am on day 3 without electricity. I just wanted to give you an idea of my mental state. In all honesty, I’m so grateful that my apartment and my neighborhood did not suffer much damage as a result of the hurricane because I know it could have been so much worse. Other than losing power at around 8:30 pm on Monday, we haven’t had to suffer too much. That said, this storm has taught me a lot about New York City, New Yorkers, and how both fair in the face of natural (or non-natural) disasters. Here’s what I’ve learned:
There’s a hurricane a’comin!!! Yes yes, hurricane Sandy is currently blasting New York City with high winds and rain, but I feel like a kid who’s had a snow day. As a result of the storm, New York City shut down the subway system, all bus routes, and trains, making it very hard for public transportation-dependent New Yorkers to get to their jobs. The city has also been divided into specific zones, highlighting the areas expected to receive the most damage. Zone A covers all low-lying areas and areas near water, i.e. the areas most likely to flood, and are under a mandatory evacuation. My apartment is located in a neighborhood called Hudson Square near the Hudson River and is technically in Zone A. As my apartment is just barely in Zone A, I decided not to evacuate and ride out the storm. Here’s a map below of my general neighborhood (Hudson Square) and what the different zones look like:
I just made up that term but I like it! So, when most people go on vacation, they tend to stay in one town/city and try to get a feel for the place by partaking in sightseeing activities or lounging by the hotel pool or beach. Not I! I tend to want to do entirely too much on a vacation. Luckily I’ve slowly begun to toe the line between making sure I’m not bored to death, and doing so many activities that I end up EXHAUSTED when I return home. This perfect balance takes a lot of planning but if done correctly can really make for an awesome vacation.
I know, I tend to have a flair for the dramatic. But seriously, the title of this post is basically what hangliding is. Here’s the back story. When I was planning this trip with my girlfriends, I really wanted to do a ton of things I a) had not done before or b) would not be able to do in New York City. As you can imagine, the margin was fairly slim as it relates to what I can do in NYC because apparently I’ve done NOTHING, but lots can be done on this tiny island.
One of my favorite things to do when I am planning a trip is to sign up for Living Social deals in the destination where I will be visiting. I do this for a few reasons. The first is, through the daily emails, I’m usually exposed to an activity or experience I never considered trying before (this is where hangliding comes in). The second is that I can find sweet deals on activities I do all the time like dining, massages, mani/pedis and even football or baseball games. About two months before the trip I signed up for Living Social deals in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. In addition to finding a deal for hangliding (that I had to do on my own, more on that later) my friends and I also bought 90 minute massages for 45 bucks. Talk about a deal basically unheard of in New York!
Hello from NYC! Today begins a series of posts from my trip to Park City, Utah. Since I’ve returned and even before I left, a lot of people have asked me why I chose to go to Utah for vacation. Other than the fact that Utah is a state that I had yet to visit on my 50 state tour, I wanted to vacate somewhere that would be completely different from my current surroundings. I wanted to hike, drive, explore, and meet people different from myself…so that’s what I did!
Additionally, there is a resort that I have always wanted to visit that happens to be located in Deer Valley, Utah. Montage Deer Valley, constructed in 2010, is the most recent addition to the Montage collection of resorts. In a former life, I worked with the Montage Deer Valley but never had the opportunity to visit the property. Everything from the stunning views of Park City to the mountain lodge-inspired decor made me want to throw on my softest sweater, curl up in an oversized chair in the lobby and sip hot chocolate. It didn’t matter that it was 60 degrees outside at the time.
Hello from Utah!! My apologies for taking a few days to get this post up but I have been running around non-stop! Adding to the fact that I am currently laptop-less whenever I travel due to a hardware issue, it has been a bit difficult to get a post up every day. That said, I’m fine with monopolizing the business center in my hotel 🙂
Last week a lovely fellow blogger Re3ecca nominated me for a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award. Needless to say I was shocked and humbled and I’m so happy to hear about this award because it seems like such a fun way to pass the blogger love around! I’ve spent some time enjoying fellow blogs about everything from food, interior design, photography, and of course travel. Based on the blogs I’ve discovered, everyone in the blogosphere so genuine with their passions that I really can’t help but be inspired. Going along with that, I’m so honored to receive this nomination because when I created this blog, its sole purpose was to inspire people to travel throughout the United States, whether you are from here or not, and this award makes me feel like I am truly answering my calling. Feels so good!
Let’s get into what this award is all about…
I miss the South. There, I said it. I never, ever thought I would say it but lately I’ve been finding myself fantasizing about packing up about 40% of my stuff, selling the rest and heading south of the Mason-Dixon line. Way south. As most of you know I grew up in Arlington, VA which is technically south of the Mason-Dixon line but doesn’t possess the Southern culture that I know and love by way of my extended family and my college experience. There are a lot of things about the South that I miss at this moment:
Hey! I hope you had a great weekend! I spent this weekend mainly in my apartment since it’s rare that I get to enjoy some time at home these days. Lately it even feels like it’s rare that I spend time in NYC on the weekends. I’ve been fortunate to spend the last two weekends at home after tons of travel this summer. That said, I’m now gearing up for another stretch of travel to Boston this Friday, a quick 24 hours at home, and then to Utah on Monday for just about a week, taking me away from the city for two weekends in a row. When I’m not in New York, sometimes I miss it, most times I don’t, but now that we are in my favorite season of the year, I’ll probably miss the city more than usual. In preparation for my upcoming NYC deficiency, I decided to put together a post of random snaps around the city that I took over the past few months when I was feeling inspired. Luckily, living in a city like New York there is never a shortage of inspiration. Let me know which is your favorite photo! Also, have you been to NYC before? What’s your favorite spot to photograph? Looking forward to your responses! xx