April 2016 Recap | NYC, Philly, Guadeloupe Islands

By the beginning of April, I already had something scheduled every day of the month and I was stressed out majorly. I eventually realized I could skip out on some of the events, but there was still a lot to think about. Because of this, I didn’t get a chance to work on this site as much as I wanted to. But I did get a chance to explore a new island, spend time with family and friends, and listen to the newest Justin Bieber album {well, three songs on repeat} 1000 times.

Posts I Wrote This Month:

I started the month traveling to the neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn to go on an art tour with Like a Local Tours. It’s not far – just 20 minutes on the L Train, but it somehow took me seven years of being in New York to make it there. I fell in love with the neighborhood and I’ve even returned since.

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I took many a work trip to Amtrak’s finest – Delaware, DC, and Baltimore. I actually like spending time on the Acela and took it for the first time for a leisure trip as well at the end of the month to Philly. When I was in Baltimore, I had the chance to meet one of my friend’s pups for the first time. I have almost as many pictures of this dog on my phone as I do of my parents’ dog so this was a big event and it was everything I imagined it would be.

New York Travel Festival was in the middle of April and I attended for the third year in a row. The event kicked of with a Travel Massive at the gorgeous Brooklyn Historical Society and continued in Brooklyn Heights for the weekend. I touched a snake, joined panels about making a difference to the local community when traveling, and learned a TON about video in a hands-on workshop with the amazing Kristen of Border Free Travels. I’ve been talking about travel video for a while now. I promise I’m working on some stuff to be revealed soon!

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Toward the end of the month, my family and I took a quick trip to the Guadeloupe Islands in the French West Indies. We didn’t know much about what we would encounter but we ended up having a blast, even though {or maybe because?} I didn’t know as much French as I thought I did. There are many posts to come about my time there so stay tuned.

While we were in Guadeloupe, I finished not one, but two Elizabeth Gilbert books that had been on my list for a while {Big Magic / The Signature of All Things}. It is definitely easier to read on the beach – especially when camped in front of your beachfront bungalow – than while sandwiched between bodies on the subways of New York.

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My friend Kristina who lives in San Francisco was in town for a night a few weeks ago. I have known her since I was 9 but we hadn’t seen each other since we’d both been in Hawaii randomly two years ago. We hit tons of great spots in the city in her short time here: McSorley’s, where Shane the bartender called me by name and asked where I’d been {I’ve never felt cooler}; Ippudo for the best Ramen I’ve ever had that I didn’t make myself; Lovers of Today for bartenders who analyze each ID for 5 minutes at a time but who serve the best cocktails this side of town; and Flex Mussels for everything bagel doughnuts, jalapeño cheddar waffles, and Parmesan mussels.

I said “see you later” to one of my closest friends in Manhattan who moved out to the West Coast last week. We held some going-away events for Kat and I somehow only lost my composure during one of them. It was tough to bid adieu to such a great friend and to someone with whom I’ve experienced the best of NYC – including trapeze lessons, Arthur Avenue, Governor’s Island, and not one, but two, Big Apple Barbecues – but I’m excited to have another reason to visit San Francisco and for her to conquer her dreams out there.

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My birthday is the last day of April (thanks for all the well wishes!) and this year I had the amazing opportunity to spend it with some of my favorite people in the world at my friends’ wedding in Philadelphia. It was a gorgeous ceremony and one of the most fun dance parties I’ve ever been to. Nothing would have been better to ring my 31st year in. 31 doesn’t sound as old as 30 did to me last April for some reason. Maybe that’s because {spoiler alert} I am 100% certain that this upcoming year will be my best yet.

xx

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