Thursday, 17 April 2014

Craving City Breaks

When one is given the option to write her dissertation or blog, knowing fully well which one she should prioritise, one opts to blog. Simples. Okay okay you can tell me off later but I'm back home for the Easter hols and I don't quite feel like being productive.

For the past 6 months I have been yearning for New York all over again. I went last summer and I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays/experiences of my life. We saw as much as we could in the small time that we were there which not to brag or anything, was a hell of a lot. It was such an eye opening experience.

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 I love city culture more then anything. My aim in life is to get into a company that is global and therefore requires me to do business across cities all over the world. I love the feeling of walking along the busy streets surrounded by hundreds who are all rushing everywhere. I love the fashion, the personalty, the shops and cafes, independent or a chain it doesn't matter. Cities to me are full of opportunity and discovery. As I've grown up in a big city when I moved to uni everything felt a lot smaller. Which I can't complain, I would never change where I went to uni but It's enough to please me for three years, now I'm ready to move back to the fast paced city life.

When I arrived in New York I was exhausted and if I'm honest, a little afraid. The unknown is scary and I had never gone on a city vacation outside of Europe before so it was all a little daunting. I remember driving across New Jersey into New York city and thinking this was terrifying.  The outskirts are not like they are in the movies is all I'm saying! Everything is fast and everyone has places to be. We were being approached left right and center as we explored the city and we witnessed a lot of crazy. New York went so fast that whilst I was there I didn't really feel like I had to time to truly develop how I felt about it. It wasn't until I was home and settled months later that I realised how I felt. I wanted to go back, I wanted more and more. New York I find has the ability to get in your system, whizz you out and leave you begging for more. Obviously I would like to go back there on vacation but I would love to work there on business whether it be for a few days, weeks or months. But not just New York, I want to hit Japan, San Francisco, Sydney and so on. Maybe in 5 or so years I'll be blogging about more city adventures *fingers crossed*

As cliche as it sounds and yes I'm aware I sound like the opening to an 80s musical but cities are just so full of opportunities. It's a known fact that people tend to swarm to cities to seek adventure and opportunity. I tend to swarm to cities for the shops. I'm a handbag hoarder and when I go shopping I have to window shop over Chanel and Mulberry. I came home from New York with a brand new Michael Kors (lol have I mentioned that enough yet?) and all I want to do is go back to New York and buy another handbag. I'm yearning for a city break so bad! I am visiting London with my parents over summer and I hope it fills my craving for city life. And obviously I shall be visiting Tiffany & co and some form of handbag shop...

My second favourite thing about cities is the amount of culture squeezed into one condensed environment.  I have absorbed a lot about New York culture from TV shows, movies, documentaries, musicals and even music. My parents let me lead the trip because there was so much I wanted to see and do. From the Brooklyn bridge to Central Park to Wall Street, there was so much to explore. Whilst we were exploring the placed we intended to see we would make even more discoveries like the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum. How many of you can say you've stood next to a space shuttle that went to space and back?! I want to revisit everything and everywhere in New York again as well as places we didn't see.

If you ever get the opportunity to go to New York don't hesitate for a single second to go. I hope my life is full of city adventures on a global scale and I hope one day soon to return to New York on another big adventure.

(n.) An ache for distant places; the craving for travel

L.Bel xoxo

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