A vacation in New York, the vacation of a lifetime.
New York City isn't the Big Apple - it's my biggest dream.
This post is a reflection of the vacation I took almost one year ago, that I still think and dream about today.
When I first arrived in New York City, I wasn't sure what to expect. The city was incredible to me from the moment I got off the plane. Hell, it was heaven to me before I even got there. Words can't express how heavily I dreamed of going to New York. See, since my family was never big on travel, I never had the opportunity to go unless I took myself.
With the company of my boyfriend Jordan, I bought us two tickets and we left New York in December.
From the moment we arrived, I couldn't believe how full of life it actually is. When people called it the city that never sleeps, I never knew how true it could be. The lights surrounding each building were enough to light up the sky in colors matching their fluorescence. Flashing lights, buzzing signs, and the loud roar of people talking around me. I fell in love.
The next few days were really focused around exploring. My boyfriend, always supportive of my blogging from the moment I started, encouraged me to find spots I couldn't find back home in San Francisco (where we lived at the time). So, with his help we snapped some great shots on chapels, stoops, and busy streets to really capture the essence of what we experienced.
I can sincerely say that I still sense all of the elements that surrounded me during those days I was there. If I'm being completely honest with you all, it's uncanny how real it still seems. But knowing how truly incredible New York City is, I doubt what I still sense is anything in comparison to the actual experiences.
One thing that I loved about being there was the snow. Sadly enough, when me and Jordan were actually there, it happened to be the warmest week NYC had experience during the winter in quite some time. Such a damper on our snow days! However, we still got some great time in the snow, as well as some shots with it in the scenery of our pictures.
I can't forget the main reason the trip was so great - my boyfriend, Jordan. His company was really the reason I had so much fun. He went above and beyond to make sure that this trip was memorable for the both of us. Since it was his first time in New York as well, he spent weeks researching the best restaurants, shows, bars, sites, and everything else you can possibly think to visit on a vacation. If it wasn't for him, the trip would have been nothing.
(In this picture we were dining at a restaurant named 'Jane'. It really was a fantastic place.)
Jordan is truly such a sweet guy. He treated me to almost everything while we were there. It was our first getaway together, so we wanted it to be perfect. Again, his countless hours of research really did ensure that. The vacation was perfect, and that's putting it lightly. We had our moments, as almost every couple does, but he always know how to make me smile. And on this trip, smile I did.
We really did see so much of the city in such a short time. Granted we didn't have much time to rest, it was still worth it. Just the structural beauty some of these apartments and lofts has was amazing. San Francisco is great, but New York is a completely different beast.
Above you can see just how breathtaking the views are. It was incredible to see then, and it's incredible to look back on now.
It's an understatement to say that I would love the chance to go back to New York. As a matter of fact, I can easily say that I would go to live there almost immediately if I could. The lifestyle there is such an incredible thing, I know I was never meant to live in a "small town."
Even though I still love where I live and how I live, I know I will always wonder what it would be like to experience New York, not as a tourist but as a resident. For now, it will have to stay a dream, but it is a dream I hope to soon make a reality.