Happy Friday friends! I hope your week is winding down and that you have fun plans for the weekend. For me, the next week is going to be all about travel. Why you ask? Because I leave for London tomorrow night! Excited is an understatement.
Tomorrow night, my college BFF Lauren and I board our plane to London. We’ll be there for a week and plan on taking a day trip to Paris (OMG!!!). I cannot wait to have an entire week off and to wandering through Europe.
When people ask what my plan is for this trip, my answer has been to planfully wander. Sure, we have an itinerary and a list of places we want to see. But I want to get lost in the city, in the culture and absorb every moment of this experience. This will not be a vacation where I will sit and relax, but I do believe I will come back fully recharged.
Wanderlust is the state of mind I will be embracing while away. But it is also an idea I want to incorporate into my life upon returning. Sometimes being wanderlust gets a back rap. People think you have no direction or no set plan for your life. On the contrary, I see being wanderlust as being passionate to learn more about other places, other cultures. Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer.
So don’t plan on hearing from me during the next week. However, I promise there will be a full recap once I’m back in the United States. If anyone has travel tips for London or Paris, please feel free to share!
I am fortunate enough to live a short train ride from New York City. Even though I’ve been to NYC millions of times, yesterday’s cultural journey proved to be more enlightening than I would have ever imagined.
The first stop on my whirlwind tour was the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. We spent most of our time in the American modern and contemporary wing with artists like Cassat and Monnet. While am I certainly not an art guru, I enjoyed seeing the paintings I studied come to life. It amazed me how some scenes looked and felt so real; that time evaded these pieces. My favorite part of course was the rooftop garden because of the amazing view of the city. It was breathtaking.
After a quick stop in the Theater District, we made our way to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Blocks and blocks of Italian food including mozzarella sandwiches, fried calamari (squid), cannolis and zeppoles stood in front of me. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was even better. I couldn’t help but notice that there wasn’t any real PR effort put in to the festival. Granted, it is an annual tradition that has been occurring for decades. But I couldn’t help but wonder if just a social media presence would have enhanced that festival experience for its patrons. Certainly, a hashtag could have generated a more organized discussion about which vendors were the best along with other conversations. A virtual map on the website would have helped attendees plan their route along the crowded streets beforehand. Regardless of all of this, the festival was still a great experience and I plan on going back.
The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy.
It was nice to take a day to explore different parts of my city. I didn’t realize how enriching of an experience my Saturday had become. I saw pieces of history at the Met and celebrated my culture at the San Gennaro Festival. I find it very important to always keep learning and yesterday was the perfect way to learn more about the city I love.