New York City and New Orleans

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.IMG_5459 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.nyc1I 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.nyc2

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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.

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nyc8I ran the next two mornings, once in Central Park and once along the waterfront, and was overjoyed.  nyc6

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I also got an excellent NYC bagel each morning.  Love.

nyc7I’ll definitely be back.  I can’t imagine life without New York.       IMG_5668My 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.

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Up next: my final weeks in DC and my first days in London.

 

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