Love Letter to Your City

What's a better way to celebrate my one-year anniversary of being an official New Yorker than to profess my love for the city? I got the idea from Good Magazine's article "Love Letter to Your City", and I figured it would be a good way to reflect on my time here. 

I hope you all will be encouraged to do the same, I would love to read them!

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Random Things I Miss About Milan

It's the flip side of traveling and living in different places: I'm always constantly leaving a part of myself in another place, whether it's the food, the vibes, the lifestyle, my friends. I'm not sure I'll ever feel at peace in just one city, but I'm grateful for every last bit of it--the wonder, the surprise, the restlessness, the joy, the heartache, the permanent nomadic feeling...

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." - A. A. Milne

Looking back on 2013

2013 was a pretty awesome but hectic year. I started my first job out of college. I traveled to 20+ different cities in 6 different countries. I moved to a completely new city and started building a new life with new friends. I opened myself up to be more honest with everyone, and felt grateful to receive it in return. I turned 23! I felt lost, confused, scared, challenged as much as ever, but through those experiences I was able to learn and grow in ways I didn't think possible. Despite the demanding year I've had, I was blessed to be able to travel almost constantly--so much that I still need time to process it all. Here's to reflecting on 2013 travels, which I'm looking forward to posting in detail:

My favorite trip of 2013 is definitely a toss-up between Hong Kong and Comelico, Italy. They're two polar opposite places and my two experiences were as different as they were delightful. Hong Kong was the epitome of an international, metropolitan city. I spent four days brushing up on my bargaining skills at the night markets and eating delicious street food with my crazy cousins from Korea.

Comelico was a mountain town with a small but great community. I loved that the place was so active! I was able to go ice skating on a real lake (check off the bucket list), snowboarding down the mountains with a couple feet of thick snow, and legit sledding down actual trails for half an hour. I wholeheartedly recommend these Hong Kong and Comelico for anyone's next trip.

I'm ready to take on 2014 with more direction and optimism. Cheers!