Oh hi! I took a little break from blogging this last week (mostly unintentional) so I could fly out to New York to visit my friend Anna who *just* got her Master’s Degree in “visual narrative” (I think that kind of speaks for itself?). She did a really really cool project (that I got to help a little on!). It’s been a while since I’d been to NY. It’s not Alan’s jam so this was a true first experience for me: A solo, self-funded trip. Which is NUTS considering I am 27 years old. But I didn’t have a lot of money before. I stayed with my friend Holly, who used to be my Art Director at vita.mn, in Queens (lots of traveling between there and Manhattan, but very cost-efficient). I arrived last Wednesday afternoon after a canceled flight from Chicago to NY and I got rerouted through Charlotte, and heavily considered taking a long nap until night time, but opportunity and adventure pulled me out (I kinda wish I had slept!). But the plane rides first:I hoped to be in NY at around 11:30 AM so I left Minneapolis BALLS early. I saw the sunrise. It was beautiful. I also upgraded my seat to First Class for 50 bucks, because that’s what you do when you’re traveling by yourself and have a little money to burn. Vacation! I brought a very simple set up with me: One camera body, a 50mm lens, one memory card. That was it. Huge difference from the weekend before. Once I finally got to NY, I was hot and exhausted and wanted nothing more than to sleep forever, but instead I decided to go to Midtown and go to the Top of the Rock for some sick photo ops. It is very cool up there. Met up with Anna and her school pals at Barcade, which had great craft beer selections and every arcade game under the sun. I spent about 7 dollars on Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (I regret nothing).At the end of the night, I found my way back to Queens on a loooooong subway ride. I got there at 1AM and bought a 12-pack of Stella at a Rite Aid. #LIVIN Brooklyn Bridges. I walked through Eataly, which is amazing because Italian food is amazing and I wish I could’ve bought all the food and cooked up a FEAST. But I didn’t, because I don’t live there. I went to MOMA with my friend Nick. Got some good, cheap italian food in Little Italy the same night. I was more exhausted than ever. We walked about 20 blocks to Alphabet City to the Pyramid Club but as I was falling asleep at the bar, I treated myself to an Uber ride back to Queens. The next day I gave myself lots and lots of time to recuperate and I went to sit in Central Park for a couple hours to sit under a tree, drink an iced latte and read a book. It was a delightful experience (not pictured). Then I went to Anna’s graduation show which was awesome and had an open bar! Then we went to a restaurant that had really expensive burgers and played music I used to listen to 10 years ago. Carrying my camera around became a real annoyance after a while, so my last day in NY I left it at home. Shock. New York is pretty cool. It’s huge, it’s noisey, it smells terrible, it’s full of awful people, but there’s a certain magic to it. I love it there, especially at night. Tons of energy, lots of buzz.
But, Minneapolis is still the #best.