There’s nothing as exhilarating and refreshing as taking a spontaneous weekend trip to a different city. Okay, well, semi-spontaneous because it took me a while to actually decide on getting the plane tickets. But it’s the combination of an IDGAF mindset, taking a break from the monotonous school life, and just being at a different place, that makes this trip so amazing. Christina, my friend whom I traveled with, and I had such a BLAST of a trip.
I was amazed by the lights, the mixture of sleek and elegant architectures, the ambience, the vibe. Being away from Hong Kong for so long made me almost forget how it feels like to be in such a vibrant city. But on top of that, it was also the rawness of seeing everything in the eyes of a traveler, the ability to take in everything because they were all so fresh and new.
Despite having traveled a lot, this trip was what made me truly realize that traveling isn’t really about the destination, but how you travel. Sitting on a bench eating half a lox bagel. Walking to places with your head up instead of down. Waking up early to get the cronut. Meeting up people whom you haven’t talked to in a while. Sitting in a park full of old people playing chess. Not to mention everything is pulled out of my own wallet, which explains the blister on my foot, the one piece of luggage I carried which was my backpack, the slight grimace when I realized I got off the wrong metro stop and had to pay for another single trip. Yeah, the metro system kinda sucks in NYC.
And also- the FOOD! I have to say, our eating choices were pretty on-point. We hit up some of the best food places in the city and were rarely disappointed. As Christina and I put it, it was a such a solid weekend of quality pigging out.
And how could I not visit the famous Dominique Ansel bakery ??? Indeed, there were pretty long queues, even though it’s been more than a year since the hype hit the city.
What I also loved about this trip was how much we walked. If you want to truly see the city, down to its earth, you gotta work those gluts and walk. We walked from the area of NYU, past Little Italy, through Chinatown, and to Tribeca. We also got super lucky, because the weather was beautiful.
We stopped by Flushing too, which is a neighborhood near LaGuardia Airport, where we landed and departed. Flushing has a fluorished Asian community, and is full of well-known Asian dishes.
I remember that after I finally bought the airplane ticket, I texted Christina, “this better be freaking worth it.” Because I’m not exactly the spontaneous type and this was the first time I just blew off my responsibilities and peaced out to a different place. And, oh boy, was the trip worth it.