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Curious about the silence the past couple weeks? I took some time off for a family trip to New York City and Boston. This was the first major family trip that I’ve been on in almost 5 years. It was definitely an adventure! It’s quite different traveling with family as a child or teen and then as an adult, but more about this later.
Visiting NYC was like visiting an old friend. One where you know regardless of how long you’ve been apart, you’re able to just pick right up again as if you had seen each other just yesterday.
I’m fortunate to have visited the city on two previous occasions essentially scratching off all of the major tourist sites. In fact, on this visit, I didn’t even see Times Square. But of course, in a city of its size, there is always something interesting to do and I managed to fill my time in the city nicely, but completely different from what I had planned.
There were only a couple of things I actually wanted to do this time around: go to the Williamsburg Smorgasburg and visit the beautiful Morgan Library. I had read about both and was really looking forward to seeing them for myself. Alas, I did neither. In fact, I didn’t get much of an opportunity to wander as much as I would have liked.
The main event and reason for this particular visit to the city was to attend my brother’s graduation from Columbia University. Between rubbing elbows with the insanely smart and hardworking, I did manage to squeeze in some random wandering in the city.
I made some new discoveries.
Revisited old favourites.
Tasted some good food (and also some meh food).
This time we managed to find a fabulous vacation rental just around the corner from the Empire State Building (at a very reasonable price too! Highly recommend it if you’re in the city). It was right in the thick of it all and I absolutely loved it. Sure, it was a 4th-floor walk up, but I missed being right in the middle of the city. We only stayed a couple nights before moving to campus and staying there for all of the graduation events.
It was surprisingly cold the whole time I was there. A stark contrast to the last time I was in the city where I was melting from the summer heat. The weatherman had predicted that it would be warm and, as a result, I packed no pants (so I bought some – I heart Uniqlo!).
When it came time to leave, I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye. The city that never sleeps has somehow managed to capture a part of my being though. There is some inexplicable draw I have towards the city. Nothing like the feelings I’ve had for other cities and countries, and yet, there is just something in the city that keeps me wanting more.
One of my favourite encounters of the whole trip was when I read the subway map wrong and got off a stop too early and stumbled upon this quartet playing their heart out. A happy mistake.
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New York City is the land of opportunity. A place where you can just be you. A place with so much happening you can’t be bored. A place where people go to chase their dreams. Something about the city makes me feel like I can go chase my own too.
Have you been anywhere that just draws you in without explanation? Share in the comments!
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