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My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do. – Walter Kirn

What does it mean to travel?

travel
/ˈtrav(ə)l/
verb
  1. make a journey, typically of some length.
    “the vessel had been travelling from Libya to Ireland”

Fairly simple explanation. Of course, there are many different definitions of travel, but they all boil down to the same thing. The thing about travelling for me is the excitement beforehand.

The anticipation of leaving the country you live in and exploring a whole new part of the world you’ve never been to before. The build up is what really gets me going – the planning of where to visit, the packing, the organising, the endless Tripadvisor visits you make to make sure you get the best out of your trip.

The endless chatter you make with friends and coworkers about where you’re going, and hoping you don’t sound too boastful.

Then it’s the flying. The arriving at an airport filled with dozens of people also going away. The excited families with children running around. Of course, you’ve got to love the duty free shopping. Nothing beats duty free shopping – unless you’re shopping and someone else is paying for you. I think this Love Actually quote is the best when it comes to airports:

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

When you arrive in this new place, it gets even more exciting. You have to deal with people that are most likely different to people you’ve encountered in your own country. It’s whole new culture. It’s breathtaking and amazing and kind of scary, especially if you’re travelling alone.

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Travelling is the best feeling in the world.

There are a lot of places that I’d love to travel to. Parts of South America, see more of Europe and Asia. I would love to visit Egypt and see the Pyramids, go Down Under and experience the most amazing food wherever I end up.

And well, I think I’ve rambled enough to finally get to the point of this post. You probably have an inkling already because of the quote at the beginning. It’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time, and finally – finally – it’s happening. I’m going to New York in May, and I am going to have the greatest time of my life. I know it.

I feel like when you’ve lived in London for so long, you always get an urge to leave about every 6 months or so. London is great, don’t get me wrong, BUT unless you’re from another part of the UK and visiting London for the first time or the second time or whatever, then you get bored.

London is my hometown, and well I think it’s safe to say that everyone needs to escape their hometown every now and then. And what better way to escape than to another great city that people love and adore. I’m sure New Yorkers probably feel the same way Londoners feel about London. I’m excited, though. I can barely contain my excitement.

There are so many things I’m looking forward to when I go to New York, these include and are not limited to:

  1. Doing all the touristy stuff – Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square; you know the drill
  2. Food
  3. Seeing my family whom I haven’t seen in donkey’s years
  4. Food
  5. Shopping – I’ve heard shopping in New York is a whole different ball game. I need to mentally and physically prepare myself
  6. Food
  7. Perfecting my Noo Yawk accent
  8. DID I MENTION FOOD?!
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Mutay will be joining me on this trip, but she’s heading to Washington, D.C. first. It will be my first time travelling completely alone, so I am slightly nervous. I do think that I’ve been on enough holidays to make it through with no harm done. Hopefully I don’t get stopped by US Customs for trying to bring something that I didn’t know was allowed.  :F

It would be stretch, but if anyone is in or around the Brooklyn area then you should come and see me! I know a lot of you are in different states, and it it’s easy, then would love to see you guys, too.

Honestly, I probably won’t stop going on about this trip for the next few posts. Can you blame me?

101 days to go

Arrivederci, bitches.

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9 Comments

  1. February 2, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    AHHH!!! Im in NYC all the time! We have to meet up when you come! So excited for you! You’re going to love it. Serious, though! If you wanted I will make plans to meet up with you if you wanted

    • Chynna
      February 8, 2015 / 2:42 pm

      YES, JOY! I AM SO DOWN FOR MEETING UP 😀 😀 😀
      I’ll email you closer to the time, but AHHHHH AM SO EXCITED!

  2. February 2, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Have fun in New York! Between now and May, you’ll have plenty of time to plan out in detail what you can do. All I know right now is that the weather will be better by then than it is right now, so that’s something to look forward to. xD Enjoy your trip!

    By the way, I just want to let you know that my site URL has changed. It’s now http://express.ribboned.net. I anticipate my getting a domain in several months as well, so look forward to that. 🙂

  3. February 3, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Oooh lucky you! I went to New York a few years ago, and sometimes I get pangs of missing it so much. It’s amazing, it naturally felt like home. I wasn’t as big on the shopping then, but I think if I went again now it would be completely different! Central Park is amazing, to think there is this beautiful greenery inside the city is amazing – but Washington Square Garden is nice too, with a lovely fountain. I’m so envious you get to go, you’ll have a such an amazing time!

    The flight is so so long though. I love flying, especially take off, but there’s only so much you can do on a 9 hour flight, bring plenty of books =p

  4. February 8, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Traveling is fun, but it’s not something I enjoy. I know, I don’t get well rounded staying at home, but it’s just how I am, but even so, I love hearing the stories that travellers bring back. Keep following your dreams and do what you want, for you’ll regret if you don’t follow your dreams.

  5. February 9, 2015 / 7:04 am

    I used to be very anti-traveling. It would be fun for the first day, sometimes less–then bam! It would all go down the shitter. That’s why I really dislike traveling with my family. ‘Dislike’ is much too weak a word; I despise it. I love them about as much as you’d expect but it’s so hard to have fun with them. I’d much prefer traveling with my best friend (we’re having our first short trip together along with another friend in April!) and my boyfriend–we moved to China (same province you studied in, I believe) and while we were there we traveled around to different cities in the country. That was quite fun, even though I had to translate everything the whole time 😛

    As a kid I had no desire to see the world, but now that I’m older and have seen China I want to see more. I would really like to visit the UK; that’s my biggest dream vacation right now. Same with Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. My boyfriend and I have also talked about visiting China again one day as well, since we still have a friend who lives and works there.

  6. February 12, 2015 / 12:19 am

    NEW YORK!!!!! WOOO! I used to have only a small interest in visiting, but recently the attraction to give it a go is brewing strongly! You are definitely going to have an amazing time. I keep watching a load of american shows set in New York, and I keep seeing them bring food into shot. Your standard possibly on the spot heart attack sort of food! You need to have new york bagels! That’s my thing if I ever go! Then elephant-sized pizza, the thing that americans call pie, whatever that is. Some american friends of friends gave us a slice of “pie” telling us it was made of this disgusting chemically manufactured cream or something- it is the most sickly thing ever but it is a MUST HAVE. Hmmmm what else?! (You’ve got me worked up now!) Well, everything really, burgers, tex mex, everyyyythinggg! Go go go!

    When I was a kid, I used to love when you’d have to get up at 4am when it was dark and get ready to head off to the airport to fly somewhere brand new. The amount of excitement that generated in a little kid. I can still feel the buzz now. Unfortunately the attraction of a 4am morning is non-existent now. And I used to love just travelling, not even arriving or doing things in the places, but the actual travelling part (I was a weird kid). But being in new places, exploring, eating new food, hearing the languages walk themselves down foreign streets- it’s a dream, it really is! I’m excited for you! Now I’m in London, my dad is working out in India, so hopefully I’ll get a cheeky visit out there soon- that’ll be awesome! And strangely, I’d like to visit Dublin- it’s just next door, but I’ve never been so it’d be super fun!

    Don’t forget to take your notepad! So that you can write, as decreed by Walter Kirn! 😉

  7. February 18, 2015 / 7:00 am

    I’ve only been to NYC once in my life, mainly because I used to have relatives who live in New Jersey (they moved here to California some years later). I loved the city, the atmosphere, but what I did not enjoy were the locals (not all, but my family and I came across a lot of moody locals just because we were lost tourists 🙁 ), plus I also caught a flu the day after we spent the entire day in the city. My favorite places to go there are the Statue of Liberty, the UN Headquarters, Ellis Island, Broadway, and parts of Central Park.

    I recommend Boston, D.C., Philadelphia, or if you do decide to venture out in the Western part of the U.S., come to San Francisco Bay Area (not because I live there, but I do think you’ll enjoy coming here) as well. ^_^

  8. February 23, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Travelling is my favourite thing. The thought on hoping on a plane for a new adventure is one of the few things that gets me through the days.

    Yay for NY! It’s 40 days today until I go. As you’ve seen, my to-do list is very similar. I guess we are just typical Brits, over-excited to be in New York!

    I hope I don’t get stopped at customs either because I may have a suitcase full of Hershey chocolate. I can’t help how much I love it.

    Oh and you need to go to the Pyramids because they’re amazing. I’ve been twice. I’d recommend going on a cruise to see them though because staying in Cairo is so risky these days.

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