All of a sudden it was July 31st.
Which meant that I had been here for a year. Which meant that i made it through my first year of my new job. And my first year in NYC. And not just made it through, I had a ton of fun! I never would have guessed that I would like it this much.
Here are some of the things I did this past year:
- Saw a lot of awesome street art
- Found routines – like morning walks by the public housing building near my house and seeing all the Vietnamese residents doing exercises in the backyard – just like I saw in the mornings in vietnam
- Roller derby in coney island
- Ate lots of good food — kind of like when I traveled. Legit South India, Vietnamese, papusas (my new favorite!), tacos
- Took a spanish class – and then forgetting a whole lot of it – but making some good friends in the class!
- Put myself out there to make new friends and try new things (checking out live music, going dancing, joining groups) – which sounds like a small thing – but not being a joiner makes it hard! But – happy to say, I have a group-ish of friends now, people I can call up to go out with, people I can go ride bikes with, people who will go drink mezcal with me (to read more about my new obsession, see below), people will want to go hiking
- Discovered the craft beer scene in Brooklyn (luckily one of the really good bars is right near my house)
- Also discovered that I am a big fan of tequila and mezcal drinks (NYC has no shortage of fancy cocktails — like the night I went to a bar focused on experimental cocktails and had some crazy tequila and mezcal drinks — all for the low low price of $16 each!)
- Survived my second year of being car-free (last year probably doesn’t fully count) – though I do miss escaping out to the mountains.
- Found places to get fresh veggies and good bagels and awesome coffee – and all those other things that make routine a good thing
And so much more….
When I was traveling, I was limited by time, but was free without a plan – so I would move on when I felt I was ready, when I wanted a new adventure. Though there is still a fire inside of me, wanting to see the world, wanting to climb mountains and trek through foreign lands, there is still so much here for me to explore – I feel like I barely touched the surface. How fun – to know that I still have so much more to do here?
I am still grounded in knowing I am in the right place, at the right time.