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How New York Changed my Life: Part 1 of 4

IMG_8030I’m 23 with energy to last me a lifetime and besides exploring the beautiful island I live on, I am obsessed with the thought of traveling and experiencing other cultures. Not to mention, sometimes you need a break from your norm to see how the rest of the world operates. New York is on the list amongst places like Europe, Bora Bora, DR; Africa to name a few.

This is how New York changed my life.

Part 1 of 4

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Let’s start with the little miracles like the one shown in the picture above. I’ve always been excited to have a window seat on a plane ride. And most times, we take that major view for granted but in that little moment, you realize that YOU are simply a small figment in the grand scheme of things. There are so many wondrous things around us created by God. Take the time to soak it all in!

IMG_8029 Life in the train station

It was so refreshing and wonderful to see so much life in the train station. At almost every stop people sat outside and beat drums, played the violin and even broke out in song in the train. No shame. No hang-ups. No fear. These people put their talents on display and the people surrounding them relished in the experience. What a delightful thing to experience while waiting on the train.

IMG_8063  Building Friendships 

I’ve been friends with my fellow Dragon Lady for about 5 years now and we’ve traveled to Family Islands in the Bahamas together but never abroad. My New York experience was made a reality because of my sweet dear friend. She took the time to create a list of cool things to do; including things she had never done before. Together, we got lost, ran out of patience, got into a little trouble and shared so much life lessons and love! You really want to get to know someone? Travel with them and live with them. It’s safe to say our friendship survived and we’re stronger than we’ve ever been.

IMG_8140Taking a boat to Staten Island

How can you go to New York and NOT see the Statue of Liberty? We hopped on a bus and headed to the Staten Island Ferry. The boat ride lasts about 25 minutes going and coming and provides an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty. Located 4th South Street, New York, the ferry can be found with lots of people, including couples all ready for the even romantic ride. The best part? It’s free!

Bars with LOTS of character! 169 Bar.

What can I say? I’m not an alcoholic but I sure do enjoy a good drink in a safe and fun environment. Somehow, we stumbled upon 169 Bar located 169 E, Broadway New York! What was my favorite thing about this place? Drink specials that came with a free shot and a well decorated and very comfortable sitting area. Also, the guys were soooo cute!    IMG_8159

IMG_8168Talking to strangers

I am the true definition of an extravert. I have no issues with talking to strangers. I think it’s a great way to get to know new people but also a great way to learn about other cultures and even life lessons. On my way back to the train I spotted Damien and Chris. They were both tattoo artists. I had plans of getting a new tattoo while in New York so I felt like this was a beautiful coincidence. And another beautiful coincidence was that Damien visited The Bahamas before.  You’ll find that most New Yorkers are aggressive and confident. They make no apologies for who they are! And THAT is a beautiful thing!

If this hasn’t given you a reason to book your ticket NOW to New York, hopefully the other 3 posts will.

More information on cool places to eat and cool things to do while in New York to come.

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