I Love New York!14 December 2012
It's funny, but as much as I've traveled Europe, I've hardly even seen my own country. One of the few places I have been, though, is New York City - twice, in fact!
The first time I visited the city was in the Fall of 2011. It was only for a weekend so I didn't have a whole lot of time. I did the basic tourist stuff; saw Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, etc. And while I had a good time I found myself a little disappointed. Some how in my head I had worked up NYC to be the most amazing place ever and that I was just meant to live there one day and yet, I left the city feeling disheartened. We just didn't click.
Then in the Spring of 2012 I had to go to the Chinese consulate to get my visa so I decided to make a vacation out of it and spend the week in New York. I didn't have much expectations but I have friends who live there so, if nothing else, this would be a good chance to visit them.
And maybe it was just the company of good friends but I was ready to move to New York by the end of that trip. Suddenly the city had become incredibly inviting and homey. And, with a full week, we enjoyed the city at a leisurely pace. One evening was dedicated to the Museum of Modern Art and viewing paintings you've heard of your whole life but never imagined would ever be right in front of your face.
Another one of my favorite parts of this trip was visiting the pockets of culture dispersed throughout the city; Chinatown, Little Korea, and Little Morocco. Did you know New York had a Little Morocco? I certainly didn't but you better believe I'm moving there if I ever end up living in New York. That roast quail and lentil soup I had will live on in my dreams.
My friends also introduced me to the Museum of the Moving Image, a great stop for anyone who wants a less touristy museum. There's lots of info on the history of cinema and props from famous movies but my favorite part was the interactive section. My inner child ran wild as I made stop-motion films and fiddled with the audio of classic movies. Let's just say our reinterpretation of My Fair Lady was a masterpiece.
Also, if you go to the museum on Saturday, you get free admission to the attached cinema which plays movies all day following a theme! It happened to be Wes Anderson day when we visited. Score.