Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Trip To NY (Part 2)

This post shall be a continuation of my post last Wednesday which was "My Trip To NY (Part 1)." Like last time, I struggled again this week when it came to pictures. I took so many pictures that it became near impossible to pick the ones I love. Even doing collages (which allows for more photos in less space) was hard since I just could not pick!

I arrived to NY on Thursday hiked an hour to the amazing hotel haha! (the walk was well worth it) On Friday, I toured two schools, Pace University and NYU. Not onto my third day in New York-
Okay so unlike the night before (where I went to bed after 3am...), I actually attempted to fall asleep a bit earlier so I could wake up early and explore the city! I'll just say that sleeping in a foreign city all by yourself is very hard!! Maybe it's the fact that I was all alone that bothered me or maybe the idea that I have so much adventures I could experience here that kept me from sleeping. Either way, I'll admit that I slept with a "mini night light" because I was scared haha.
I woke up pretty early (around 8 am) and quickly got up and ready to go out. I had done research the night before for fun activities in NYC that cost little to nothing and decided to take on the challenge of walking the Brooklyn Bridge and exploring Brooklyn. I got up, put on comfy clothes/shoes, grabbed breakfast, and went towards the bridge! 
downtown manhattan
On my way to the bridge.. I sort of got lost..
World Trade Center 2014
This picture looks so unreal!!!!!! But I was there and I took this!!! I can't believe it!!

Even though the bridge was next to my hotel, I managed to get lost trying to walk there haha. I just walked around hoping to find the bridge because I mean, how can I not find such a large bridge ... It took a while, but I found it! The bridge was right next to Pace University!! (I was there yesterday haha)
I was very fortunate with my trip to New York because on the days I went, the weather was perfect! A bit chilly the first two days, but Saturday was absolutely gorgeous! I wore my jacket on my walk and even ended up having to take it off because I got too hot! I couldn't believe how nice it was! 

Walking The Brooklyn Bridge
Can you spot me?
As soon as I found the bridge, I was so excited! I had seen the pictures of it online, but nothing compared to seeing it in person. I just couldn't believe how big it was and how beautifully designed it was! There were also many people on the bridge with me.. some were tourist like me while others were just running or biking on it as if it was there normal routine! The bridge was a only a little bit longer than a mile so I calculated that it wouldn't take over an hour (including stopping for pictures) for me to get to Brooklyn! 

Brooklyn Bridge Skyline View
I actually see my hotel from here!!!  
As I mentioned before, the weather was gorgeous this day so I tried my best to take as many photos as possible! The only difficult part was getting a picture of me on the bridge since I didn't have anyone I knew to take it for me lol. The bridge itself was quite amazing! There was a section just for walkers and to the sides of us. I could see and feel the cars zooming by underneath me and I actually took a little video of me walking a section of the bridge! I actually walked the bridge pretty slowly and turned around many times to get a glimpse of the view behind me. What I saw was so surreal. For one, I could see the statue of liberty and the Manhattan skyline just put me in awe! hehe I really did feel as if I was in a movie! 

Brooklyn Bridge Locks

Something that I noticed on the bridge intrigued me. As I was walking, I noticed that on the sides of the bridge, there were locks. It wasn't just one lock, but rather a couple bunches of locks.. at certain parts of the bridge, there were sides literally covered with these little locks. I had no idea why, but from what was written on the locks, I came to the conclusion that it had something to do with relationships. I later researched this and learned that I was right!! 


At the end of the bridge, there were a set of stairs. I was nervous at first because the stairs were a bit sketchy looking, but I noticed that everyone was taking them so I just went along with the crowd. On the bridge, even though I was by myself, I didn't really feel scared at all because there were so many people on it with me! haha
After getting to the bottom of the stairs, I was under a bridge with the sign "Welcome to Brooklyn" on it and right then I knew I had made it!! I was in Brooklyn!! I even called home to my little sister and mom to tell them haha. My sister had no reaction while my mom sort of freaked out lol. I on the hand was just super proud and ready to explore! 
I had researched Brooklyn and had a few places in mind of where I wanted to visit.. unfortunately, I could not for the life of me figure out how to get to those places so I was stuck with either the choice to go left or right.. I chose to go left and ended up in a beautiful, quiet park! It was amazing for me to see how calm and peaceful the park was in comparison to the rest of the city. I mean I could hear bird chirping when I was at the park! I took that opportunity to just sit down for a few minutes, relax and take everything in. I was in the city, but at the same time, I still had a bit of the country side here with me haha! 


After resting for a few moments, I set off again towards what looked like a farmers market!! I am a huge lover of anything fresh so I couldn't resist buying myself a bag of apples and a muffin from two of the stalls! I also got some really delicious samples of cheese here! I ate my mini lunch on the go as I continued walking... Did I know where I was going... no not really haha?  I just kept walking and hoped not to get lost!! I kept walking and walking until I hit a huge street with just shopping centers! I immediately recognized it as a place I had seen online and decided to check out the stores there! I did not anticipate to buy anything, but long story short, I ended up just having to buy a new bathing suit from Aerie! (I'll share pics later since I already have too many photos in this post haha)

After my shopping trip, I walked all the way back to the bridge and wanted to head back to the hotel until I looked down at the clock and realized ... it was only 11?? What.. I thought to myself. I still had half a day left to explore so I made the decision to go in the opposite direction, right, and see what I would encounter. It turns out that I ended up in a place that I wanted to see all along.. a little place by the name of Dumbo! I read online that this neighborhood was very quirky and filled with fun shops! 
It was true!! The buildings in the neighborhood had a interesting feel to it and all the shops were ridiculous. I saw numerous shops ever corner I turned! I did more window shopping than actual shopping there because I have to admit, the prices were a bit inflated there!! I did end up getting some candy and mints there though because they were just ohh so cute!

NYC At night

I explored the shops down at Dumbo for hours and before I knew it, I had to head back soon so I could get back to my hotel before it became too dark. I got back to my hotel around 4 or 5 and realized just how tired I was!! I had been walking for almost 8 hours straight and wow, I guess the excitement numbed all my senses of being tired and hungry!! I took a mini nap and awoke at night starving! I didn't eat much that day and I wanted food! It was dark outside, but since it was my last night in NYC, I wanted to do something daring.. haha it probably doesn't sound daring to you guys but I did go out and explore the city at night while picking up some much needed food! The city looks even more amazing at night then in the morning!!! I actually spent quite a lot of time out that night by myself haha! I felt quite accomplished! 

Being 55 floors above the ground is scary!!
Once I got back to the hotel, I decided to make my way to the top, 55th floor of the hotel just to see what it was like! I took the elevator, pushed the 55th floors, and it quickly rose to the top. I got out and to my surprise, the suites up there were for the rich haha. The governor and presidential suites were all up there. The view from that high was also stunning!! I failed to capture a decent photo though, but trust me when I say that it was like nothing I had seen before =) 
While I was up there, a hotel worker actually saw me and I was quite embarrassed lol. I explained to them I was curious about what it was like up here and how I wanted photos... they looked at me as if they didn't care and a normal occurrence lol =) I mean I'm sure other people are curious as to what life is like 55 floors above the ground! 



After the 55th floor, I headed back to my hotel room and took photos of everything. . !! I needed memories. I even took pictures of the crazy priced snacks ($8 for gummy bears..) that they offered! 
I actually began tearing a bit as I took these photos because I really didn't want my adventure to end. I mean I just turned 18 less than a week ago and here I was, in NY. It was so hard to take in. 
To keep things short and sweet, I realized that night that a chance to get a trip like this again was slim and I really wanted to make my trip worth it and even more memorable that it already was! I didn't do anything that wild on my trip, but I did step out of my comfort zone and experienced lots of new things. As you may already guess, I did not sleep early that night at all. I was too overwhelmed by my emotions to get some rest haha. . In fact, I barley slept my last night haha! 

I woke up around 9... but it was actually 10 thanks to daylight savings and just laid in bed reminiscing about my whole experience. I had to check out of the room before 12 so I started packing around 11:45 haha. I made it out in time!! However after checking out and handing in my card, I found myself super emotional for some reason. I didn't expect it, but I actually began crying and had to sit in the lobby for a while to get my feelings in check. Everything was so overwhelming and I wasn't crying because I regretted the trip, but rather because I didn't want it to end. I would relive it over and over again! 


I eventually figured my feelings out and got myself up. The hotel had a service where they would hold your bags.. I took advantage of that and as they held my luggage, I walked around the city one last time! I went everywhere and snapped as many photos as I could. I took it all in - I was here in NYC, I explored, I had fun, I experienced new things, and now I would be going home. 
I walked for almost 2 hours and went back to the hotel to pick up my bags. I thought I would be okay to go, but as I picked up my bags and walked out, I felt tears in my eyes again. I didn't want to leave, but I knew it was time. hehe now thinking back... I'm not sure whether the tears were from not wanting to leave or the daunting idea of an hour long walk with my 10+ lbs of luggage in my hands...  
Next time, I will pack lighter!! 

Leaving NYC

I finally got to Chinatown and with the help of some people on the streets, I found my way to where my bus stop was. I was just 3 hours early lol. So to pass the time, I went to a nearby bakery\, sat down, and got so much food!! I did not really eat that day since I was so depressed about having to leave that by the time I walked an hour to Chinatown, I was ravenous. I ate 2 breads and 2 desserts in one sitting... the breads to fill my hunger and the desserts to fill my sadness lol =) 
As I ate, I took out some of my notes from psychology class and tried to keep my mind off being so sad. 

Okay so what happened next is kinda crazy and I think it is okay to share... as I was wiping tears, this guy walks in who looks more or less like my age. This was strange to me because everyone in the bakery were older people so my eyes immediately went to him. I think maybe he noticed me because he sat down and we ended up talking... man did I look terrible at that time! I literally just finished crying a stream of tears and I my outfit was more or less a disaster   I couldn't believe someone would want to talk to me haha.

We talked a bit and he actually offered to walk around Chinatown with me! It was so sweet and it definitely brought my mood up!! I just needed someone to talk to since I was a bit lonely on my trip and my emotions were so out of whack. Well anyways, I felt a lot better after talking and I finally was able to come bring myself to accept the fact that my trip was over and that I was going home. I felt a sense of closure on my trip and I realized and believed  that I would have the chance to experience this again! 

millenium hotel nyc
One final picture of the outside of my hotel!
My trip to the city is something I know I will remember forever! So much happened that I ran out of room to explain! I saw many new sights, ate some new foods, and experienced some new fun things. I also feel much more confident now and I have actually gained a sense of direction haha. (I get lost all the time , but I made it out alive in NY!) There were parts of my trip that felt like one of those Asian Dramas haha and I will never forget this trip! I am so thankful that I was able to come here and I'm actually glad I came alone as I feel like I've grown and changed a bit as a person! =) 

Have you ever walked the Brooklyn Bridge?
Have you had a stranger bring up your mood like what happened to me? 
Do you love my pictures haha? (I sure do.. it's hard to believe that I took them!) 

116 comments:

  1. Mindy I be honest no time to read it but will archive to do so later. You did amazing in taking the images and the way is display on your post doll. Have a good night
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    1. Hey Jackie! It's okay haha, I didn't expect people to read it all because I rambled so much haha. It's more for myself when I look back and the pictures were for my readers! I'm glad you liked them!!

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  2. Hi dear :) Pretty blog. A lovely post, I love it so much!
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  3. Wow, these pics are so beautiful, love every single one. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa <333

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  4. I am glad you enjoyed your trip! Too bad you didn't come down to my area! I am from Greenpoint which is next to Williamsburg and the two neighborhoods are so hipster! They are in Brooklyn as well!
    xoxo
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    1. Thank you and ohh I must have been so close to you!!!
      I wish I'd visted more places, but I will the next time I have a chance to go!

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  5. love!
    xx
    daniella
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  6. spotted you at the bridge! hehe.. OMG! I want to go there too! :)

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    1. haha yay!!
      You should because it's so much fun!!

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  7. Love, love, love NY!!!!!!
    Amazing pics!!!
    Kissses doll!!!

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  8. Great picture and view :D

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  9. Sound and looks like you had a great time. I had no clue NYC had a lock bridge. I did one a few weeks ago in Paris.

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    1. haha it's the brooklyn bridge and I didn't know anything about the locks until later.!

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  10. amazing picture!
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  11. this is a great experience
    would you like to follow each other?
    Let me know

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  12. Beautiful photos and post!!! I like your blog!
    would you like to follow each other by Bloglovin? let me know...
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  13. Lovely photos. Looks like a nice place.=)

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  14. I started crying (yes, it might sound a little pathetic) when I had to leave NYC, because I just feel like I belong there!
    I get you gurrl!

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    1. yes!! You understand too!! I honestly cried quite a bit as well with no real reason besides having to leave!

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  15. New York is really amazing! Wish I could be there too!

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  16. amazing place, I hope to go there :)

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  17. Hi Mindy, i can imagine how difficult it must have been to cut down photos, each of them tells a special story, wow, can't believe you walked for 8 hours, and by yourself too, very brave and super fit! The bride must have been an amazing experience. Glad to hear the weather kept well and thats so sweet that he came to chat to you, there is kindness everywhere. I particularly love NYC at night, so magical. Thanks for your sweet comment.

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    1. aww thank you so much for your comment Sam! The photos did take forever hehe, but I enjoyed doing it because I felt like I was reliving my vacation!
      hehe, yes i couldn't believe I was on my feet for that long, but I am pretty fit so that helped!!

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  18. love the photos mindy :) i don't mind having loads of photos for this post :) they're all very interesting especially those locks on the bridge. i think Paris has this place something similar to that of the Brooklyn bridge where people also place locks ;) thanks for sharing your experience!

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    1. Thank you Angel!! yay, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! The locks are really something and ohh I didn't know that.. I'm going to check it out now !

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  19. This city, THE CITY, is awesome.. we love your blog, and we follow you via bloglovin, facebook and twitter....
    Un abbraccio,
    Eva e Valentina the anarCHIC

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    1. Thank you and yes the city, I love it!

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  20. Wow New York seems lovely! Ahhh I'm dying to visit it as well!

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  21. Wow, you make me fall in love with NYC all over again ;) So glad to hear you toured NYU! I'm actually a freshman there, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! :-) I remember visiting NYC for the first time and falling in love as well. There's just SO much to explore, and it is a colorful place that really will never be "boring" or "familiar" because there's always something new out there to discover.

    Great photography as well! :-) Looks like you had a fantastic trip!

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    1. yay! I'm so glad I was able to do that!!
      and Omg, that is so cool!! You are so lucky to be there because NYU was def. very prestigious and ohh I really want to go there some day! Yes, there is just so much to do in NY that you can't ever be bored! I'll make it there one day!

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  22. love the photos <3 I really must visit there soon since my sis lives there

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    1. Thanks and yes you should!! It's so much fun!

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  23. Que viaje tan bonito y las fotos preciosas. Me alegro que hayas disfrutado.

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  24. Hey :)
    Your blog is really great-i love it so much. Maybe you're interested in following each other ? I would love it ❤ Pls let me know in a comment on my blog
    kisses, Anna ♥

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  25. love NY
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  26. Amazing photos and I think that you spent there amazing time!

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  27. i love this post!
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  28. Whoah! Mindy in the big City! How i wish i can go there! Your photos are so adorable too!

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

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  29. This looks great!! Awesome shots!
    kisses from Miami,
    Borka
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  30. Wow, you did pretty awesome all everything on your alone trip. Pictures are beautiful and attractive. Love that all the NY's trips.

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    1. Thanks and yes, I am super proud that I was able to these things by myself and figure it out!

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  31. Amazing post… loving the brooklyn shots!
    Happy weekend! Xox from Miami,
    Borka
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  32. Me encanta tu bloc ha sido un placer visitarlo, te invito a mi blog, y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
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  33. It was great reading your comment...wishing you a wonderful and warm weekend!

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  34. That's an amazing trip, I guess you enjoyed a lot.
    Petons :)

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  35. AWWW - Girl, I could genuinely keep "aww"ing for hours right now. I don't really know why but I read this whole post like it was a story and I swear I got ridiculously eager at the part with the guy in the bakery, just waiting for this all to turn into a romantic comedy!

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    1. aww this comment made my day!! I am so so glad you liked my post and hehe, yup I did try to write it in a story as things occurred to me.
      hehe, I actually kinda felt like my whole vacation felt like a tv show!! ..=) Thanks so much!

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  36. I love the pictures! The locks on the Brooklyn Bridge remind me of the locks on Namsan Tower in Seoul :D It seems really fun to travel on your own!

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    1. Thanks and yes, it is quite fun, but at the same time, it can be quite lonely.. (I felt lonely at night when I got back to the hotel and it was slightly sad hehe)

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  37. Good Photos, dear :)
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  38. I can't beieve there is another lover's lock bridge in Brooklyn
    There is one famous in Paris as I know
    You should watch 冲上云霄 2 (hong kong drama)
    I know about it from the drama
    You posted lots picture, when I read, I thought you will put the guy picture but none (quite disappointed as my 'keboh' (八卦)mood is on..LOL)
    MY-Emily

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    1. ohh, I want to see the one in Paris now and maybe bring a lock of my own haha..
      I'll check out the drama and haha, I would, but I don't think he would appreciate it if he saw it lol =)

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  39. So nice post!!!!!!Amazing photos!!!!

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  40. wow lucky you are! it's my dream to visit NY!!! great pictures ;)
    very nice blog by the way :)

    kisses from Russia,
    Juliet
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  41. Sorry for commenting so late, but I've been ill for 5 days now. :(

    One thing I always love about a Big City is when they manage to combine old & new buildings on the same blocks. the mix of Architectural Styles has such an awesome flair.
    Love all the photos here!

    No, I've never walked the Brooklyn Bridge, since I am afraid of flying and can't come to North America. ;)
    I'll be honest, I am glad you had such a fun time with this young man, but me in a foreign big City? Nope, I wouldn't talk with strangers. I do come from a City & have seen to much BS happening to others, so I rather stay a tiny bit away from people I don't know. :D

    Have a nice weekend!

    Follow the royal Peach!

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    1. aww I hope you feel better! Don't worry about being late.. I'm late literally all the time for everything hehe
      Yes, the buildings in NY are amazing a nd very unique!!
      I understand what you mean because planes scare me a bit as well and I was super scared as well but I needed to talk to people or else I would be lost hehe!

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  42. I adore NY!Great photos and post!
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  43. Great photos!!!
    Kiss from Italia
    Paolo

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  44. I didn't know people put locks on the Brooklyn Bridge, I knew there is the Lock & Key bridge in Paris (I'll be there in the spring!) Do you live close to New York- you mentioned you took a bus..By the way, that chocolate dessert looks very yummy! Glad you enjoyed it! I followed you on bloglovin! :) I'm new to blogging and would appreciate if you'd take a look at my blog and follow me if you like!
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    1. ohh I just researched the lock bridge in Paris and I think it is so cool!!
      Yes, I am close to Ny.. about 3 hours by bus so it's not that bad at all (as long as we don't hit traffic haha)
      I will be sure to check out your blog too =_)

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  45. great great stuff!Thanks for sharing
    xx
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  46. Ahhh I'm sooooo incredibly jealous! I've always wanted to go to NYC :( It's just so glamorous and intriguing. For now, I shall live vicariously through all of your photos haha <3

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    1. aw , I hope you do get to go one day! It's def. a lot of fun and worth it!!

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  47. How great! I can;t wait to go to NY again

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  48. have a nice sunday
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  49. Yes, I walked across Brooklyn Bridge! It was amazing. Great to re-discover NYC through your posts and see it through your eyes. I have met many strangers through my solo travels and almost, if not everytime, I met really good people. Hope you'll get the chance to visit again.

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  50. I love this post because it's so detailed that I felt like I was there with you!! The photos you took are great too. :) You are SO lucky you got to go to NY and stay in a gorgeous hotel!! I live in Chicago so I'm used to being in a big city, but I've always wanted to visit New York. It sounds like NY would be a great place for you to go to school too. :)

    xo, Sarah
    Hustla, baby.

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