My dear friend Ali and I took a super quick trip to New York earlier this week. I have been to New York once before, but it was more than five years ago and I have been wanting to go back ever since. Luckily, with where we live right now in Delaware, we're pretty close to a bunch of different big cities on the East Coast--Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York, tons of other great places--and it's pretty cheap and easy to get places on a greyhound, too. So, Ali and I hopped on a bus early Monday morning and headed to the Big Apple.

We went to a lot of cool stores, visited with some friends and ate a lot of great food. I won't go into a ton of detail, but these were some of the places we went:

Food: Doughnut Plant, Ess-A Bagel, Taim, The Kati Roll Company and 5 Napkin Burger.
Stores: Muji, Mood Fabrics, and Strand Book Store.
Sights: The High Line, Grand Central Station, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and my definite favorite, the 9/11 memorial site and the One World Trade Center.

This is probably as lame as ever, but I'm just going to repost the caption I had to one of my Instagram posts about the One World Trade Center (which is nicknamed the "Freedom Tower") below. It was paired with the photo right above.

Visited the 9/11 memorial and the new One World Trade Center today. While the memorial fountains themselves are so beautiful and lovely (for lack of better words), it still feels heavy and somber. The new tower stands tall right beside it with parts of the design leading the eye to a seemingly never-ending vanishing point, almost like it goes all the way up to heaven. I know this may be a little cheesy, but the juxtaposition of these two things made for an emotional experience for me. It was just so beautiful. I can't pretend to know what it was like to actually suffer through a tragedy of that level, but it definitely made things more real and gave me a greater understanding of the loss the people of New York and those involved felt.

Anywho, it was such a fun little trip. I got to visit my friend Lindsay and her husband while we were up there, which was a real treat. And I loved going on a trip with my girl, Ali. I was happy to get home to Ian and by the end of the whole shebang, my feet hurt so bad my toes were numb--a sure sign we saw a lot.

Until next time, NYC! 

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