And So It Begins (Again)

So, it’s been a while since I have posted on here.  Mostly because in the past 8 months I haven’t been traveling, and at its core, this is a travel blog.  Maybe someday it will evolve to be more than that, but right now, I am keeping it simple.  A place to document my travels.

Now, I am traveling again!  Right now, I am taking a train across the United States, stopping in cities along the way.  When I get to the west coast, I will be flying out of Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia.  Lots and lots of adventuring ahead of me.

Right now, though, I am going to tell you about my adventures on the east coast, and how I managed to pack everything I am bringing into just a (large) backpack and a purse.  I basically didn’t bring coats. Or sweaters. Or really anything meant for any season besides summer.  My bag is pretty damn heavy, and I will be getting some nice new muscles (or a back injury) from carrying it around.

Anyways, let’s get to the travel part.  Trains are definitely an underrated way to travel.  The seats are way bigger than airplanes, and if you don’t have a time limit, like me, then it is a great way to get across the country and see more of the landscape.  The downside, though, is that it takes a lot longer.  The first part of my journey I only had one overnight train, from DC to Chicago, but I barely slept on it because I could not get comfortable.   But I should start at the beginning of my journey, NYC.

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I have always loved NYC.  I know most people who don’t live there don’t want to, claiming it’s too crowded, too dirty, too big, but I every time I have gone to NYC I have enjoyed myself.

Maybe it’s just because I go with people who know the city, and I never have to worry about finding my way around.  This time, I stayed with my friend and her boyfriend, and they took me around everywhere.

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I got in pretty late on the 2nd of September, and they had pizza, tequila, and- since it was my friend’s birthday (!!!) ice cream cake waiting for when I arrived.  Cheese, alcohol and sugar was pretty much all I ate the rest of my stay in NYC. Oops.

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We spent the first night down in the lower Manhattan/ east village area, going to a rooftop bar, an amazing grilled cheese place, and saw a live band (Ferdinand and the Bull) at Rockwood Music Hall at about 2am.The next morning, we headed out to Boozy brunch at Mels Burger, which had unlimited Mimosas for 3 hours, before heading to the meatpacking district to go to the ice cream museum.

nyc2The Ice Cream Museum was a pop-up in Chelsea, and honestly, it was awesome.  They gave us free ice cream, let us swim in a pool of fake sprinkles, and swing on an ice cream sandwich.  They even gave us one of those ‘berries’ that changes your taste buds so if you taste something sour, it tastes sweet.  It definitely worked, because a lemon basically tasted like lemonade.

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After eating lots of sugar in the form of candy and ice cream, we went to the Sugar Factory, which is basically more sugar and alcohol.  They have 60oz alcoholic drinks full of candy, and of course we got one.  The one we got was the ‘Ocean Blue’, which had gummy sharks ‘swimming’ at the bottom.  They use dry ice in the drinks, so they bubble when they pour the alcohol in.  Needless to say, it was delicious and sugary and we were pretty tipsy by the time we got to the bottom.

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We then decided to walk the entire length of the High Line, which is my new favorite park in NYC.  It is 1.45 miles of repurposed railroad that is above the city and the streets, with gardens all along the way.  It was beautiful, and a wonderful way to take something industrial and make it into nature.

That night, we were too tired to really do anything, so we stayed in, finished the pizza, and watched Friends, which is honestly the best show ever.

The next day, it was time to continue my journey to Baltimore.  We went and got some bagels, and I headed off to the train station once more.   I will always continue to love NYC, and can’t wait to go back.

Next post will be about Baltimore and DC!

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