Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Trip To NY (Part 1)

Hey everyone!! I'm back from my mini vacation to New York!! It feels so crazy to be back! Haha you might notice that I said part 1 for this post and that is because I took so much photos (500+) on the trip and I have so much to say that I felt the need to split things into separate post! If I didn't, my post would probably be way too long for anyone to read lol. As I'm writing this post, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to write this post. I want to share everything and all my pictures haha, but there is simply too much! I think I'm just going to take you through my day event by event.. with lots of collages so I can show more of my pictures without overwhelming you guys!

As always, I took the bus to get to NY. The only difference was that I was by myself this time! It wasn't that bad though since one of our friends came on the same day and we talked a bit on the bus so I wasn't that lonely. Once we hit Chinatown, I got off the bus and was pretty much left on my own. Let me tell you, I was kinda freaking out.. I mean I had printed instructions on getting to the hotel from google last night, but being there in person was a lot different than being there on google maps!!  I acted like I knew where I was going because I didn't want to bother my mom's friend and after they left, I quickly started asking people for help haha. Fortunately, people in NY aren't that mean and I got quite a bit of help! The hotel I was staying at (which I can now reveal) was the Millennium Hilton. This was one of the only hotels that allowed 18 year olds to check in and was close enough to my colleges so I could walk.

Millennium Hilton NYC Review
55 floors!! oh my!
The walk to my hotel was a little bit over a mile and according to google, it would take ~30 minutes. I am a runner and I tend to walk a lot (1 hour + a few times a week) so I didn't think 30 minutes was anything big... well I forgot the fact that I had 15+ lbs of luggage with me haha. Remember my struggle with packing in my last post.. lol, I ended up packing so much that I barely wore half the things I brought! The 30 minute walk to the hotel took about an hour for me since I had to stop and rest so many times haha. I didn't get lost as much as I thought I would though!!! It was just honestly a much longer walk than I thought since I didn't take into consideration how heavy my 3-4 luggage bags were..=)

Millennium Hilton NYC

Once I got to the hotel, it was a huge sigh of relief for me!! I was able to check in early with no cost and was given a room on the 26th floor! I kinda have a fear of elevators, but there was no way I was about to walk up 26 flights of stairs. It was time for me to conquer my fear of elevators and I did it!! After that super long walk, I was so tired!! I planned to go out and get some food, but instead I snacked on my apple and before I knew it, I passed out on my hotel bed haha!! I don't know exactly how long I was asleep, but when I awoke it was already dark. I wanted to go out so badly, but I was too scared lol so instead, I just took in the amazing sights of the hotel.... and ohh boy was the hotel nice!!! The hotel itself had 55 floors and I could not believe how high it was!!
The hotel also came with a free gym and pool. The pool was amazing and I personally just loved the whole atmosphere inside the hotel. Everything felt so high class and perfect!

Millennium Hilton NYC 2014

My room was also beyond amazing. It took my breathe away when I first walked in. I expected the room to be small because.. well it's New York and space is limited. My room was actually pretty roomy and had a king sized bed!! I tried to get a smaller bed when I booked the room, but I was only given the choice of either a king bed or two twins. I felt that two twins was strange for just myself, so I chose the king bed! The best part of my hotel room though had to be the crazy view!!! I mean no need for me to explain... just take a look for yourself at the last picture haha! (saving the best for last here)
Okay, I'll admit that I was a little baby the first night and instead of going out and getting dinner like a normal person, I was so scared that I stayed in the hotel all night and snacked on the food that I had brought.. which sadly wasn't a lot. I also managed to hit the gym and explore the hotel even more though!


I went to bed pretty late that night (around 3-4 am... and no one stopped me!!.. I am such a loser lol) because of all the excitement I felt being in NY. I awoke around 9 in the morning and quickly scrambled to get ready for my 1st college tour at Pace University. I got dressed and left the hotel. You don't understand how independent I felt walking out of the hotel by myself like that.. I felt like I was on my own and making my own decisions which is basically what I was doing. No one questioned me about where I was going!! As I stepped out of my hotel, the first thing I saw were the buildings which you see in the above picture! Those buildings were skyscrapers!!

Pace University Tour

So according to my computer, the walk from the hotel to Pace is suppose to take under 10 minutes. However, knowing me, I get lost walking to the house next door so I left a good 45 minutes early. I'm proud to say that it didn't take me 45 minutes to find Pace University haha! I actually found it rather quickly, thanks to the "Pace flags" and arrived to the tour very early!
The tour guides at Pace were super nice!!! They were so welcoming and were quick to answer any questions I had about the school. The tour itself was pretty sweet too!! We started off inside the school and then went outside since Pace's campus is basically NY city.

Pace University Tour

We even checked out the dorms on John Street. I saw the pictures online and I thought that the dorms were very nice and after seeing the dorms, I still believe they are nice, but just not as amazing as the pictures haha. The dorms are a decent size though which I liked.
I won't go to deep into everything that I saw on the tour, but my opinion of Pace was a mix to be honest. I really loved the positive vibe that the school gave off. Everyone was so helpful and I even got a cute little goody bag at the end of the tour! However, I personally felt that the academics at the school seemed to be lacking a bit for my taste. Don't get me wrong here.. Pace is an amazing school, but I just didn't feel that academic wise, it was for me sadly. I felt that Pace was more of a school for business rather than what I want to study...
The location of Pace gave me mixed feelings as well. I really LOVE the location for the fact that it is always so lively there and everything is so convenient. However, being located in NYC is also very expensive and distracting. I know if I was there, I would easily spend all my money in a month and be broke for the rest of the year. Even though I love it there, I can't afford it at the moment. I also felt that with the open location, there was a lack of a sense of community. I felt that I would like that feeling, but in reality now that I have put more thought into it, I think I personally want a traditional college campus instead.. I mean
  I have my whole life to live in the city, but only once chance to experience college life. 
Even though I had my sights set on the city, I think that little quote up there changed my mind about things. I want to know what college life is like and being in a traditional campus is going to give me that.. it's sad right now, but I think I will be thankful I made the choice not to go to the city when I am older.

Streets Of NY
Streets of New York!!

After my tour of Pace, I realized there was still a lot of daylight and after talking to my mom, I decided to go visit NYU! New York University was about an hour walk from where I was and I honestly planned to walk there. However, after talking to someone on the streets, they explained to me that NYU was very far and that I should take the subway. . yeah my expression when I heard that was =0.. The subway honestly scared the heck out of me and going alone was a huge no no for me. 
New York City Subway
However, as you can tell by the above picture, I did eventually decide to take the subway. I was freaking out being down there by myself. I'll just say that I am scared of dirty things and subways are so dirty in my mind. Plus I have heard some really creepy stories about subways before... After taking the subway, I feel that my fears were over exaggerated haha. The subway made traveling so much easier and faster! It was a bit hard to know which train to take, but a lot of people down there were friendly enough to help me out! =)
As soon as I got off the subway, I walked out and saw Washington Square Park and NYU!!

Greenwich NYU

NYU Tour

NYU Library
This is a library at NYU... This is just WOW.. I felt speechless when I first saw the decor here!
nyu arc de triomphe
Can you spot me? haha?
I'm not going to go into NYU that much since I personally don't plan to go here next year and my post is already too long haha. The cost is just too ridiculous for me.The visit to NYU was also a bit impromptu, but I really enjoyed it. The college is definitely a prestigious one I'll say. Everything from the buildings, to the academics, and even the students there gave me an impressive vibe! Going here could open a lot of doors for me and I will probably look into NYU if I need grad school. In fact a lot of people on the tour were actually looking to NYU for grad schools so I think I will be doing that too in 4 years ! =)

millennium hotel Room View
This view looks like it came from a movie.. but I promise you, I was actually there!
The above picture is what I saw from my room at night.. this was a ridiculous view.. like I still don't believe that I was physically there seeing it. It felt so surreal! My whole trip actually felt sort of like that and it's hard to believe that it's over now! I want to tell you more of my trip, but I'll save the rest for my post next Wednesday. I write so much haha.. it'll be worth it later when I look back haha

I know I have been to NY numerous times in the past, but this trip in particular was so different in the fact that not only did I go by myself, I also stayed by myself there. I'll be honest and say that I super nervous beforehand.. (like mini heart attacks mixed with excitement) but I'm glad I did it. Visiting colleges and walking around Manhattan was so much fun and I truly think I in a way sort of grew as a person after coming back. It's hard to put words to it, but I  feel more independent and sure of myself now... I mean I kinda have to be confident in my choices while in the city since I was alone and had to depend on myself to get where I needed to be haha, so yeah,  I definitely feel a lot more mature after coming back from my trip in more ways than one! =) 

Who has been to New York City?
What do you think of my 1st day in the city and the colleges I toured?
Have you ever had the feeling after an event where you feel like you've been changed as a person?

Sorry for any mistakes in the post. I wrote this post kinda on the spot and talked about whatever came to my mind! I'm still suffering from post vacation blues a bit and trying to take in the fact that I was in really New York experiencing these things and that now I am back to my normal life. It's so hard to explain, but my vacation felt very surreal now that I look back on it. I miss NY so much... =)

99 comments:

  1. love!
    xx
    daniella
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  2. such a beautiful pictures
    thanks for sharing
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  3. looks like someone was traveling!!<3 amazing to see how many places you have been to!

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  4. Oh wow, You should be proud of sweetie, Claps from me! sounds like you had the incredible time yourself. I didn't have much time to read all of your words tonight. You will be enjoy to go to university there. I can tells:). ox

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    1. haha thanks and yes I am proud!!
      It's okay because I probably was blabbering on haha!!

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  5. did you go by yourself?! i really wanna travel with a friend.

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    1. haha yes I did and going with friends would actually be a lot more fun I think !

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  6. glad you had a great time. Yay for conquer your fear of elevators. I just went to the Arc of Triompie in Paris.

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    1. Thanks and yes!! I got rid of that fear and ooh I am so jealous of you!!

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  7. I ALWAYS have to go through that dilemma whether to post all of my pictures or not. And if not, how many photos is actually fine and how many is overwhelming? Hahaha. I always end up having photo overloaded posts though because I take way too many pictures :P But it's okay! I like reading blogs with lots of photos too :)

    Anyway. Wow. If I were you I'd be feeling the same thing! I've always, always wanted to travel to a foreign place and stay in a hotel all on my own. Singapore is such a tiny country that you can actually take the train to go everywhere so unless it's out of the country, there's really no sense of wanderlust at all. Haha! Unlike there in the US where going from one city to another can actually take hours. Which reminds me, how long was the bus ride from your place to NYC? :)

    Now I feel like I've gone on tour around NYC with you! Hahaha. You took really great photos and your view from the hotel is such amazing! <3

    Glad you enjoyed your trip and that it made you grow as a person. Can't wait to hear the rest of your trip! :)

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    1. haha yes, that is the exact problem I had!! I wanted to share all of my photos, but I didn't want my readers scrolling down the page with like 100+ pictures lol .. so collages was the way to go!
      I like being overwelmed by your photos though because I feel like the photos tell a story of their own! =)

      Wow, that sounds awesome to be able to go anywhere you want with a train! It's def. not like this in Connecticut.. we need a car to go anywhere! (and sometimes it's a long ride!) Traveling alone is definitely a new experience and well worth it!! I would recommend it, but it does take some bravery because being alone is scary! My bus ride to NY took ~ 3 hours since I was fortunate enough not to hit traffic!!

      haha yay!! I'm glad that I could tour you around NY with me!! My part 2 of NY is going to feature some crazy photos!!! =)

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  8. Well since I'm from there and had been in one of the colleges I surely took for granted what visitor who tours see. I love NYC is my home and shopping there is no place like it but there is so much more to that. The excitement of the light and the adventure is an experience of itself. So happy you were able to tour and experience it for yourself is not that bad sometimes movies exaggerate but see there is friendly people you could ask question and they are very helpful and yes NYU is a prestige College with outstanding students. I wish you the best in the decision I know you will do what is right for you and Mindy someday you will live or work in the city it will be another type of experience trust me. Great post
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    1. haha yes!! NYC is so magical and there is always just so much to do there and yes, all the lights and buildings there is an adventure in it's self. I'm so not used to seeing things like that since I'm from a little quiet town haha.
      Yes, people were not that mean!! I mean some were , but others were very helpful and actually guided me towards the right direction!!
      NYU was amazing and I think I'm aiming to go there later if possible !! Thank you so much Jackie!!

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  9. Thank you for this lovely post with the beautiful pcs!
    i love to visit NY city....I ve been i houston, seattle and ustairs Montreal.
    and many coutries in Asia, Europe, scandinavia.Maybe a day , i will have the chance to go there!
    Have a great day!
    Bonne journee!

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    1. Your welcome and wow you have been everywhere!! Super jealous over here!

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  10. This makes me miss New York a lot! Glad
    you got a nice hotelroom as well c: Kingsize
    beds are always nice! Good luck with your
    college ^__^ Xx

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    1. hehe yes!! NY is awesome and the king size bed was amazing all to myself lol!

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  13. Beautiful!
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  14. I live 20 mins away from the city and I used to go there like every weekend :) I have to tell you that you are so freaking brave for taking this trip all by yourself and I'm so jealous! I'm 25 and I wish I could take a trip like that all by myself, but I think my anxiety would kick in and I'd start panicking :) I think it's great that you want to get the whole "college experience" I'm so excited for you! I never had a chance to do that since I had to work full-time so I just came on campus, did my studies and went home :) But I actually really liked it since I was already living on my own. Looks like you've had a really great time in the City and made some great memories, all of your pictures also look amazing!

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    1. You are so lucky to be so close, and haha thanks!! I was super nervous beforehand honestly. .. like I felt like I was just dropped in the middle of new york with nothing but my bags in the beginning haha.
      I bet you could do it!! You just need to know what you are putting yourself into it and get in the right mindset!
      What you did was also really nice as well! I mean the college experience is fun, but there are a few things that I dread.. such as a roommate and sharing bathrooms (really nervous about the bathroom part...) Living on your own is also a positive because you could grow up ! I'm planning to do that after my freshman year!!
      Thank you!!

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  15. Vaya viaje, preciosas fotografía y muy bonita experiencia.

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  16. Amazing pics!!!! I lov NY!!!!
    Kisses

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  17. Awesome shots!!! ;LOVE NYC!!!!

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  18. Sounds like you had an absolutely fantastic time :D I absolutely love New York but I have to admit that I would be terrified of going there by myself! Hope the rest of your trip goes swimmingly! :D

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    1. Thank you and yes I did! It was so scary, but fun at the same time and yes, the rest of my trip was just perfect!

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  19. Stunning pics. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  20. You must have had such an exciting time! I would have loved to study in New York but yeah, you need to decide what is best for you. Can't wait to read the second part!

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    1. Thank you and yes studying in NY would be so much fun... but ohh it's just hard to decide!! I'm working on part 2 now and I'm excited!!

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  21. Belle foto, complimenti per il blog, baci Angelichic

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  22. Such beautiful photography, love the architecture. My favorite photos are the black and white minimalist ones, so amazing!

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm glad my pictures are good haha and yes, the architecture there is amazing!!

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  23. Such beautiful trip! New York was always amazing... We adore her!

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    1. Thanks and yes it is beautiful there!!

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  24. great post!!! gosh, i remember when i went to nyc for the first time too and i was just like you, scared but overly excited!! :D i wish you all the best, dear!! :D

    can't wait for the next part btw!! :D

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    1. Thank you and ohh the feelings of NYC are amazing!!
      I'm working on part 2 today haha! =)

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  25. sounds like a great experience :) going on a trip on your own can be daunting and so is the prospect of moving away for college but I'm sure you'd do great <3

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    1. It was an amazing experience and yes, being away from where I grew up is pretty scary!! I try not to think about it too much haha

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  26. Wow, it looks like you really had a fun time- "Home Alone in NYC." And what better way to learn how to be independent when its NYC? Kidding aside, it seems scary at first to be on your own specially when you're still young, but you know deep inside you that you are craving for this adventure. Cheers! -TheKitchenGoddess.blogspot.com

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    1. hehe yes, it is the best way to be independent . I had to in order to survive and you summarized my feelings perfectly! I was super scared, but craving adventure deep inside!

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  27. awesome! I wish to go to NY! Perfect pics!

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  28. great post, such a lovely trip...love NY
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  29. great picvs! enjoy ny!

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  30. I would like to visit one day too ^^
    MY-Emily

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  31. Wow, great photos, I wish to be there someday! You didn't lose yourself in so big city?

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    1. thanks and I got lost so many times, but found my way around in the end!

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  32. Haha! I know what you mean about google maps not representing the reality! That happened to me several times... I'm reaaly not good with directions. ^^

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    1. haha yes!! That was the worst surprise ever lol.. I was like what is going on lol. It was a fun adventure though!!

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  33. Great place dear :D

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  34. Lucky you! I love New York! Great pics and nice to know that you had a lovely trip :)
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  35. Great post. I so want to go to New York some day.

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    1. thanks and I hope you get to go one day!!

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  36. I have never been in New York but I hope I will. Great pictures!

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  37. Wow Mindy, these photos are amazing, you are firmly so brave to go to NYC on your own, I commend you for that. The hotel seems great and happy to hear you conquered your fear. Its a pity about Pace but you are right, studying in NYC will probably be very distracting, I don't think Id ever go to class, Id get too busy exploring the city. NYU on the other hand looks brilliant, a truly prestigious school. Your pics at night are stunning, wow, looks like a postcard! Wishing you a wonderful weekend hun!

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    1. Thank you !! and yes, it took a lot of bravery haha, but I was dying to have an adventure so I was up for it !
      The hotel was fabulous and it is a shame because I loved the city so much! ... it's just not the best place for a student because of the distractions and the high cost to do anything there! hehe yes, NYU is def. very prestigious!

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  38. No wonder you had to break this into part. So many pics to show & so much to tell!
    My favourite is the NYU library, how awesome is that one!? :D

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    1. hehe yes, so many pictures and words!!! and the library is crazy amazing!!

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  39. I'm sooo jealous! It's my dream to visit New York someday, that city is so amazing! I would take hundreds of photos too, hehe. I'm glad you're having a lot of fun and experiencing so much adventure. What a fun trip! I would definitely visit all the malls there! =D

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    1. aww I hope you get to visit someday! It really is an adventure there and haha ,yes lots of photos and shopping is needed!

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  40. It's amazing.... I hope going there one day...
    Xoxo from France !

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    1. Thanks and I hope you will get the chance!

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  41. What are you studying! I want to go to college for fashion in NYC! I live on the east coast and it seems like everyone has been to NYC except me! Lol.
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