Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NYC is: stories and music

I wonder how long it would take me to get tired of NYC. Much more than 10 weeks, that's for sure.

The last two days in photos:

Monday: another stand-up storytelling event.
Tuesday afternoon: first run in several days, and yep it's still gorgeous. 
Tuesday evening: another free outdoor concert 
I went alone and thoroughly enjoyed myself
There was a food truck just outside the venue, giving out free Indian samosas = highlight of my week thus far
I also gave two grocery store tours today — one in Spanish — which automatically made it a good day. So the concert and free Indian food were absolutely, wonderfully icing.

I'm especially missing my sister today on her 19th birthday! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

the best reunion yet :)

This weekend I was reunited with the love of my life after more than seven months apart — the longest we've gone without seeing each other since we met three years ago. Warning: sappy outpouring of love to follow.

After knowing each other for only a few weeks we started calling each other twins because the list of commonalities we share is gargantuan. We just clicked from the beginning. Even though our families are very different, we somehow share nearly identical worldviews and find ourselves agreeing on everything from food to friends to boys, on and on. When we take those dumb online Buzzfeed quizzes like "What kind of dog are you" or "What kind of sandwich are you," we ALWAYS get the same answer.

But beyond having so much in common, I admire her immensely — her dedication to always doing and being her best, her joyful spirit, her openness and honesty, her loyalty and sensitivity and compassion... She's truly a beautiful soul.

We spent all of Saturday just talking. We walked from 117th to 57th (all the way through Central Park), and then back up about halfway for a Thai dinner with a group of other friends.

That night I got a group of people to come over to the apartment to hang out. Since almost all of my friends are now (newly) 21, it can be hard to convince people to stay in at night! But it was a great group  — Alban, Ellie, Emily, Jasen, his friend Brandon, and our friend Oren. 

with John, Emily and Alban in Central Park

This morning I joined Alban with her parents and a few older relatives for a birthday brunch for Alban's uncle. It was really pleasant and made me miss my own family! Janie got home from Texas today, the twins got home last week, and Davis yesterday. So everyone is together except for me :/

I think these 10 weeks in NYC were the perfect amount of time. I am still having fun but definitely excited to go home in just a few days!