Hello from NYC!
I've been in town for the past few days, visiting friends and family. SWOON. I adore this place. I grew up here, before my parents moved us to the west coast and endless summers when I was in middle school. The city has possessed a large chunk of my heart since then, and I even moved back here for a few years after college to go to grad school. And even though I ended up ultimately leaving again (to D.C., and then eventually back to the west coast), it's remained within me.
There's something about NYC - the lights, the smells, the food, the potential.
I've never been able to shake it.
It's just... magic.
My sweet cupcake of a niece lives here, along with my two oldest best friends (we've known each other since kindergarten!), so I try to make it a goal to get back here at least once a year.... like now.
Although this trip has dramatically veered off course c/o group food poisoning on day two of the trip (just as awesome as it sounds), there's been some special highlights. Like today, when it started snowing. Guys, I haven't experienced a real live snowfall in at least two years! Now as someone who's trudged to and from work IN the snow and battled wet, icy subway cars during snowstorms, I see through the shiny veneer that captures most people visiting from the west coast, but still... it's kind of magical when it starts falling, don't you think?
And the city during Christmas? Please.
It makes you feel like a kid again, looking for Santa on every corner and staring so hard at red and green lights that you forget to blink.
Sometimes I kick myself for ever leaving, because it feels nearly impossible to ever return permanently. NYC is pretty expensive... maybe you've heard? And that's coming from someone who lives in one of the most expensive counties and states in the nation. NYC was perfect as a student, with all the discounts and deals and privileges you get going to school in the heart of the city, but it feels a bit more unwieldy as an adult.
I have a few more hours here and plan on soaking up all the Christmas-y, festive goodness I can before that California sunshine beckons me home. xo