Fourth year has begun, and I have reverted back to my old lady ways - mainly in the form of wearing pajamas by 8:30, eating chocolate in bed by 9:30, and falling asleep by 10:30. Last night I went "extra wild" and brought out some musical tunes that I haven't heard in ages. This eventually transitioned into watching Youtube videos of live Queen performances and discussing with Andrew the evolution of music through the decades. He believes that music died in the 80s, but I countered that you can't forget about Michael Jackson, so really the 80s couldn't have been all too bad. And overall we agreed that Queen is amaze.
All this to say that I've transitioned back into my comfy Indy med school life quite well and without too many major meltdowns. Vacation seems to never last long enough but at least I have these photos to revisit whenever I'm feeling down. And I'm already planning for the next adventure during my study breaks - maybe something international? But that's a thought for a later day.
The last day of New York was full of sunshine and our adventure was just a variation of the other days, except it was made extra special because I met Madeline IRL! Her blog has easily become one of my favorites and she has quite the photography skills with a camera that puts my little T3 to shame. We met up for lunch and she is truly one of the kindest, friendliest ladies I have ever met. She even brought me a book from her publishing company that I am excited to start. We talked nonstop about blogging and spices and the magic of tahini. I'm sure we would have been able to talk the whole day if we had had the extra time.
New York was truly special - it's loud and exciting and fast. It's full of eats and sights and I'm now under the belief that everyone should experience it at least once. So get your butt over there soon and bring me back another Milk Bar cookie, please.
What we saw/ate in Manhattan, part two:
- So many little parks tucked away in small spaces on the streets - I loved these little green spaces
- A slice of life-changing black sesame banana bread
- Some peri-peri chicken and an Israeli salad as we laughed and chatted over Instagram accounts and future life goals
- Molly's cupcakes! From Madeline, because she's the sweetest!
- The wonder that is Central Park in all its massive green glory
- The biggest Trader Joe's I've ever seen, accompanied by the longest grocery line I've ever seen
- A slice of Joe's to complete the New York experience
A big shout out to my girl Arpita who gave us all the right recommendations for this trip! I love you lady, you will always be the gravy to my mashed potatoes.
And a final housekeeping note - I'm studying for my Step 2 exam (womp womp) and so I might be posting a little less than usual in June. But I'll be back in July with new recipes and hopefully some more fun stories. If you need me, you can find me in my room glued to my study guide and eating chocolate for stress relief (but actually if you need me, just shoot me an email). As always, thanks for all the love and support for this little space.