Hello from New York! I came up to the city yesterday to spend a couple days here for a friend’s graduation and I had to make a stop at one of my favorite bakeries. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I am a sweets freak. My sweet tooth will most definitely be the end of me. I’m very particular about my sweets though, and I like to refer to myself as a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur…which brings me to… Continue reading
When it comes to breakfast, New York City is the city of bagels. New York prides itself on the bagel – the perfect, filling breakfast for on-the-go New Yorkers. I personally stopped eating bagels once I read that calorie wise, one bagel is equal to five slices of bread (yikes!), but every once in a while I need to indulge. I recently had that urge during a quick trip to NYC so I made the journey to midtown to a classic little bagel place I’d heard about… Continue reading
Paris? Nope. Florence? Oh, please. Although I can be a tad bit cynical about romantic travel, the fact is there are some cities in America that upon first visit you can’t help but imagine yourself walking hand in hand with the one you love. As Valentine’s Day is approaching and is on a Thursday this year (make it a long weekend lovebirds!), here are my favorite romantic destinations in the good ole US of A. Continue reading
I drove up to New York last weekend to complete stage three of my move and the weekend turned into a bit of a love letter weekend in the city. I didn’t intend to spend a magical weekend in the city filled with new and old favorite experiences, but that’s exactly what happened.
On this last day of the year, I want to reflect on my favorite 30 travel photos of 2012. I have been blessed to visit SO many new towns and cities and five new states! All of my trips have been incredible experiences that have allowed me to learn about different cultures, histories, people, and ideologies that make America so wonderful. I’ve eaten AMAZING food, skiied the Rocky mountains, run off a cliff in Utah, reached enlightenment in Maine, and played tourist in my own town of New York City. I’ve also learned so much about myself as a traveler – what I can take and what I can’t, and how much I’ve come to appreciate the comforts of home. Here are some of my favorite pictures below, some you’ve never seen before. Let me know your favorites!
For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling somewhat “blah” towards New York. I’m sure it has to do with the fact that the sun now sets at around 4:30pm and that a day with a high of 45 degrees is considered “warm”. Whatever the reason, lately I’ve just been doing a lot of the same old routine. I wake up, work, gym, maybe see some friends, go home. After everything that has happened over the past few days in our nation, it became clear to me that my apathetic attitude was keeping me from appreciating everything around me.
I know I tend to make fun of tourists when they come to New York since I never consider myself a tourist when I visit other cities. I only say this about myself because I prefer to get to know the residents and usually the cuisine, as opposed to viewing the sites when I travel. That said, when I feel bored with my city of dwelling, sometimes the best way to fall in love with it again is to play tourist. So, that’s what I did! And I dragged one of my best friends, Jason, along with me. On Saturday, Jason and I participated in a 9/11 walking tour of New York City. You would not believe how much of a tourist I was! I’m pretty sure Jason and I were the only people in our group that were actually from New York, but we asked more questions and took more pictures than EVERYONE.
Is it seriously December? I know we probably say this every year but WHERE did 2012 go? Here we are in the last month of the year (or last month of our lives if you believe in that whole Mayan calendar/end of the world thing) and once again I feel like it crept up on me. Although December seems to sneak up on me every year, New York City loves to remind you that December is coming by throwing up holiday decorations all over town before Halloween. I wanted to avoid putting my city’s eagerness for the holidays on blast, but now that it’s December, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite displays of
holiday decorations gone mad public art. Continue reading
Y’all. I use the word “y’all” so you know I’m serious. Winter Blues has befallen New York City and my little heart can’t take it! Of course this happens every year and eventually I’ll get over it, but for some reason it’s hitting me really hard this year. For those of you that don’t know, Winter Blues refers to a state of depression caused by the lack of vitamin D the body receives from the sun due to the shorter days of winter. Yes, it’s a real disorder! For those of you that don’t believe me, see here.
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: