It hurts to think of how terrible I’ve been at keeping up with my blog since college started. To be honest, between classes, studying, spending time with friends, working on extracurricular projects, and working part-time as a photographer, any extra time I have is spent sleeping. (Excuses, excuses, I know.) Nevertheless, I believe that late is better than never.
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I spent fall break visiting friends in New York City!
At Wellesley it’s consensual amongst almost everyone that if you stay on campus longer than a week, you’ve trapped yourself in the Wellesley Bubble. Though I make an effort to get off campus at least once a week, during midterms season I was definitely guilty of being too lazy and tired to go into Boston. It was such a wonderful feeling to leave campus for a few days and travel a bit.
After an hour on the train and five hours on a bus (*shudders at the memory*), I arrived at the familiar Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square. Seeing the familiar Hudson News storekeeper’s face, smelling the smells of coffee and exhaust, and hearing the city’s bustling traffic, I remembered how anxious I felt the first time I traveled to NYC alone. Now, the city felt smaller, safer, and kinder. What a difference a year can make.
Yummy Asian deserts at The Spot Desert Bar in Midtown!
That’s my friend Alexia! We became really close through a summer program at Brown University two years ago, but since she lived in California and I lived on the East coast, we weren’t able to get hangout since. Now that she goes to college in NYC, we’re super excited to see each other more often. It amazed me that even after two years, it felt like we picked up exactly where we left off!
Day 1: The first thing I did upon arriving was take the subway up to Columbia University to visit my friend Alexia. We had an amazing time catching up on life, comparing our college experiences, and having lunch at a cute restaurant on Broadway. After she had to leave for her music rehearsal, I took the subway downtown to New York University to meet up with my friend Alyssa. We had dinner at an Asian restaurant nearby, and I swear, I almost fainted upon tasting lo mein for the first time in months.
Day 2: Alyssa and her friend Angela decided to take me shopping Soho! The prices for most of the stores were way out of our student budgets, but it was still super fun to look at all the beautiful clothes on display. I bought some long sleeve shirts, scarves, and coats that’ll definitely come in handy for wintertime in Boston. It started raining in the afternoon, so we decided to have a low-key day. We went to an adorable Asian desert bar, lounged around at Alyssa’s dorm, and made late night pasta!
Day 3: After saying goodbye to Alyssa, I took the subway to Union Station to meet my friend Evelyn, who also happens to be one of David’s best friends from freshman year. We grabbed a quick lunch at the Whole Foods nearby and filled each other in on school and life. Even though it was super quick, I was so glad to see her and catch up! Soon afterwards, I hopped on a bus to go back to Boston.