New York Photo Diary

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This winter, I made the decision to return to the U.S to visit and spend time in one of my favourite cities that has stayed very close to my heart after spending 5 weeks there last winter : Portland. I couldn't deny it, I missed the people I met and who I was when I had to learn to be independent during that time and everything about this small town. While planning my return, I made another decision to do something I had never done before, travel solo. New York was the perfect place to get lost in and in a week, I learnt so much about myself more than I have ever did. The purpose of the trip was most importantly for me to learn to love and respect myself, to enjoy my own company and I'd be lying to say that I had the best time. But it was an adventure, everyday waking up in a strange place and going out to do things. I would get slightly depressed by the evening every day when it got dark and colder and I was too tired to think of where else to go. funnily enough I enjoyed eating by myself the most. And of course, going around in circles at The Met. 

New York was beautiful and it was great coming back after 5 years, the people I had met on this trip have been so gracious to help me feel more at home in the city, opening their hearts and homes to me and making me feel comfortable, giving me company every now and then. Instagram helped a lot too and it's hard to believe the number of people I have met this year alone through Instagram in different parts of the world. New York especially. Following these strangers with beautiful pictures made me feel like I knew them and it was no surprise that when I met them, we could go on and on for hours about everything, like we have known each other for ages. I think these opportunties are blessings from God and I still had a lot of fun despite the low points of going solo. 

Would I recommend it? Yes. Is it hard? Hell, yes it is. Would I do it again? Yes but not so soon. I learnt to pick myself up whenever things felt like they were going nowhere, to love myself whenever I asked myself why I was putting myself through this, to be patient with me, to enjoy myself even if it meant sitting alone for hours in a coffee shop and watching the world go by. Thankful for the constant encouragement from friends and family back home to keep going forth with this adventure. 

Here are some of the places that I went to during this and my previous trip that I would recommend for you to visit if you're going to New York:

Food:

Juliette
135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar 
9 Crosby St New York, NY 10013

Cafe Cluny 
284 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Chipotle Mexican Grill
(Pretty much every corner of NYC but so, so so so so good.)

The Meatball Shop

Le Pain De Quotidien

Alice's Tea Cup (For the best scones in town!)
102 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

Sarabeth's
(Click for locations)

Tacqueria Les
198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002


To do: 

The highline
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Natural History Museum
Hillsong Church
New York Public Library (Bryant Park)
 Vintage shopping at Williamsburg 
SoHo
The Empire State Building
Liberty Island Tours
Central Park
Watch a Broadway Show
Union Square Christmas Market

Things I need to do next time that you should do and tell me: 


Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Any one of the Momofuku diners
Shake Shack (Can't believe I had no patience to try this but thank God I've tried In-and-Out in California)
The MoMa
The Guggenheim
Row Boats in Central Park (During Spring and Summer)

Hope you enjoyed my perspective of the city where dreams are made of. Till next time!