Let me first dust off my blog and then say a most over-due hello! I would like to say my absence was due to being engrossed in studying and excelling at university but alas, I have carried over my unorganised ways from sixth form to my degree. Instead, a lazy disposition and my broken camera charger (which I have finally gotten replaced, hallelujah) have kept me from posting but now I'm feeling inspired to get back on top of things and back to blogging! The main spark for this was my recent trip to the one and only New York city, where ambition is tangible on every street. It was such a wonderful experience and, as I haven't travelled very much, it was the perfect way to gain some serious culture-vulture points. Initially, the place terrified me. Everything only ever comes in enormous - big signs, massive advertisements and towering, grey buildings seemed an intimidating force to be reckoned with - but then I realised that also included the energy, spirit and talent of the city. It seems the kind of place you could explore for years and never tire of, always discover in and feel endlessly inspired by. I was really enraptured by the diversity of New York, from the contrasts between brick buildings and countless neon signs to the kaleidoscopic style and individuality of the people that live there. It's also well and truly the city that never sleeps - I was out each day at six in the morning to make the most of the trip and the place was alive with people. Although, getting up at crazy o'clock still didn't allow me to fit everything in (good excuse for a round two, right?). Fortunately, I did manage to see a lot - from the Guggenheim, MoMA, and the theatre to the Public Library, Central Park and (always a favourite of mine) second-hand bookshops. Even my memory card couldn't cope with all the sights - it ran out many a time - but I thought I'd compile a video and post some photos to show a good portion of where I went. I must have looked like the typical tourist, although I did stop myself from dressing in Statue of Liberty merchandise and wearing a fanny-pack so I didn't go all out, I'm afraid. C'est la vie!
Gah, it already feels like a distant dream! How are you spending your week?
Have a wonderful day,