New York - Solo Exploring

The 2nd day of New York was very relaxing and was my first day exploring a city city alone. Surprisingly I wasn't scared. In fact, I was so excited that I ventured around without Google Maps for a bit before I went to Absolute Bagels for brunch. 

Absolute Bagels was just a small simple shop that had absolutely amazing bagels. (see what I did there?) Its more of a come-and-go place so the shop wasn't that big but there was a good seating area for those who wanted to eat there. They had an assortment of cream cheese and bagels to customize with. You can also add lok or salmon as well as tomatoes and onions. They only take cash so if you do visit, don't forget to bring some! I had to break my 100$ bill to get this 4$ breakfast. 

I wanted to visit the Guggenheim Museum so I walked across Central Park from Absolute Bagels. There wasn't much foliage, the trees were barren and you could hardly find any grass. However, there was still a lot of people in the park. You could see many adults walking their dogs or even groups of students on their morning runs.

Although, I did find some adorable yellow blooms peeking from some of the trees. 

The Guggenheim is located on 5th Avenue, one of the most populated street with tourism. It is the famous street that is part Central Park and part Upper East Side. Unfortunately, there wasn't any transportation from one end of 5th Ave to the other so I spent a good hour walking all the way towards Midtown. I suggest anyone who has the extra time to just walk the entire avenue because the things you see by yourself is much more rewarding than if you took a tour bus. Make sure you wear good walking shoes! 

-A

New York - Times Square

Why hello there!

Its been a while, even for me. I haven't been on this website since my last trip to San Francisco. If you haven't already, you should go and check out my posts

You guessed it! I'm in New York for spring break! I can't believe that I'm actually here in the city that never sleeps. It has been a good three days since I arrived in the city of Manhattan and I'm currently crashing at a friend's dorm in Columbia. The campus is so quiet and peaceful and everyone seemed to be minding their own business. I adore the fact that all of the building's roofs are topped with a mint green color. Its suppose to resemble the color of the Statue of Liberty. The architecture is so amazing and because this school is so old, the classrooms still use chalkboards. Professors don't really use slides to lecture so they do it the old-fashioned way.

We took the subway to Times Square which, during the day, isn't as... magical; which is why we decided to wait it out by exploring the streets. Honestly, I was too distracted by all the people to realize how beautiful the city is. It wasn't until I was editing these photos that I fell in love with the city. My hypothesis is that we get caught up with the over-stimulation of movement and activity. With a picture that freezes the moments, you're able to really see the city and fall in love with it. 

We decided to get dinner at a nearby Japanese restaurant called Ootoya. They open around 5:30 but if you were to go, I would suggest you to be there 30 minutes before because there will be a line. It was probably the most expensive place I visited since a roll of sushi was 30$ o.o However, the service was amazing and the food came in within 8 minutes. 

KATSU TOJI

KATSU TOJI

A tourist cannot go to New York and not visit Times Square at night!

Isn't the Chrysler Building beautiful? ^^ I love the art deco style.

After dinner we went to Korea Town and ate the most amazing dessert selections from Spot Dessert Bar. They have the most divine chocolate green tea lava cake. (happy sigh) I definitely caught a huge sugar rush after sharing three sweet tapas. I don't really remember what they're called but if you ever stop by Korea town, you need to stop by this place. The shop is located on the third floor which could be hard to find at first. 

What a wonderful way to end the first day at New York! I will be posting more about this trip in the next few days/weeks. Fair warning, There WILL be a lot of food pictures in the posts.

-Anne