As I mentioned in my last post, I traveled a bit more in the US this summer before moving to London in July. I went to Philadelphia and New Jersey to see friends and family, and New York City and New Orleans for work. I love all of those places for different reasons.
First, Philadelphia. I spent two years there for grad school and it wasn’t long enough. I don’t know if I will ever live there again, but I loved the time I did spend there. Philly has such great neighborhood pride and a down-to-earth quality that DC and NYC lack. But New York is just so cool. I could not stop being happy the entire time I was there. I went up really early on a Sunday morning train so I could have the full day to enjoy in the city before meetings started on Monday. I checked into the Ace Hotel (ridiculously cool) and within minutes I was on a Citi Bike, riding downtown through empty streets.I cycled to Chinatown, then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and wandered around the waterfront park. It was a beautiful day and I was thrilled just to be there.
Later I watched the USA – Portugal match on a big screen in Madison Square Park (ugh, so sad at the end) and wandered the city more.
I ran the next two mornings, once in Central Park and once along the waterfront, and was overjoyed.
I also got an excellent NYC bagel each morning. Love.
I’ll definitely be back. I can’t imagine life without New York. My next work trip was a week in New Orleans. I didn’t have much in the way of free time, but I did make time to run every morning, mostly in the Garden District and a bit in the French Quarter. New Orleans is not my favorite city, but I do love that it has a distinctive history and culture, and how that is reflected in the architecture. There is no place else in the world quite like it.
Up next: my final weeks in DC and my first days in London.