After Hawaii I headed back to Georgia, in the Deep South, where I went to college back in 2010. As a good Southerner I spent my days together with my American host family, the Campbells, going to the country club, attending Rotary meetings, driving around playing country songs, eating Georgia peaches on the porch and buying things in bulk. Oh, fond memories! I also got to catch up with a lot of friends I hadn't seen in ages, and we ate good food, partied and tanned by the pool. In that order. The time flew by so quickly, and I wish I could have packed Ansley in my backpack and dragged her along to my next fabulous stop: New York City, baby!
After having done some shopping in Georgia, I arrived in New York with two big backpacks, one on the back and one on the front, as well as one heavy bag on each shoulder. I looked like a mule trekking up Everest. In order to catch the third subway on the way to my hostel, I ran awkwardly (but in my head quick as the wind) onto the platform, and in a split second the strap on my bag broke, fell in front of my feet, and so I took my most epic face plant ever in front of a crowd of robust New Yorkers. It was one sweaty bird that arrived to the hostel that day.
At the hostel I quickly ran into the hilarious Dan and Danny, and we spent some great days together, roaming around doing touristy must do's and recuperating in beautiful Central Park. The rest of my time I spent doing my favourite thing; soaking up the different cosy and quirky atmospheres in the city. My favourite times were spent in Brooklyn, the hip shopping area Soho and in cute Chelsea. I was merely walking around for hours on end to parks, flea markets, cute hidden away cafes, restaurants and shops, while people watching. New York is so wonderful. It has room for everyone! Room for everyone to grow and enjoy their lives.
For the last weekend of my trip I moved into a new friend’s apartment in Queens, and Tyler and I had an amazing weekend together dining and wining and watching a meteor shower from the roof top at night. And I finally met up with my Norwegian bestie, Thea, who came into the city to catch up for a few hours! What a great weekend. Now I understand what all the fuzz is about. I have now added the city that never sleeps to my list of top cities, along with wonderful Melbourne of course. I'll be back.
Thank you to everyone who has made my journey through some of the corners of the world into the fantastic experience that it has been. From new and old gems of friends to the friendly stranger on the street, you are all stars and I have so much love for you. I cannot believe how quickly the months have flown by, I guess that's what happens when you're part time euphoric! Until next time, Beauties.
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Merete // Mellie