Many locations (New York included) are begging for tourists to return. And, the same was true for Jamaica, which is an entire nation dependent on the tourism industry. However, I would also argue that with the supply chain issues, global import/export regulations, and shipping problems that we’re seeing everywhere, tourism is putting a strain on the already fragile communities that are trying to simply survive in these troubled times.
Anthony Bourdain has a quote that was incredibly apropos to this trip, “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
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Home to Gantry State Park, Long Island City (LIC) is a wonderful escape from Manhattan without leaving that gorgeous skyline. As a growing neighborhood, LIC is the new home to a lot of young professionals who want to keep the high-rise/Midtown vibe, who want an awesome view of the East River and Manhattan, but who also want to pay cheaper rents and maintenance fees.
As one of the oldest cities in the United States, there are creepy and spooky places all over New York City! From murders and suicides to overdoses and kidnappings – this city has seen it all. If only the walls could talk…or do they? From Washington Heights to the Lower East Side, we decided to spend this Halloween examining some of the top haunts the city has to offer – not the man-made haunted houses, but the REAL ghosts of New York.
Noah and I have been preparing since October to move from sunny California to the Empire State. We had arranged everything with our work, we had told our family and friends, we had found an apartment and signed a lease. We were three weeks away from our big move when quarantine struck Santa Clara County.
As the world slowly starts to reopen and we socially distance outside of the home, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past eight weeks. There have been plenty of ups and downs in the world around us, in our relationship, in our relationship with our cats, and with our ever growing wanderlust.
I can only picture going back into the world being a little bit like Groundhog’s Day. I think that when the time comes, it will be difficult for me to not see my shadow and run right back into my cave.
The light at the end of this tunnel shines brightly. Don’t think this is end. The earth is using this time; it’s healing itself. People around the world are coming together to show compassion and love for their fellow man. Animals are taking over their natural habitats and enjoying their time for freedom. And, we will too. This too shall pass.
Travel memoirs are by far my favorite genre. Sometimes they’re romantic and whimsical, sometimes they’re political and poignant, but they always offer a reminder that we often have to step out of our routine to find the best parts of life.
Typically, I spend every Tuesday and Friday morning revisiting and writing about places that we’ve been, things we’ve seen, foods we’ve tasted. But, something seems wrong with posting those adventures when everyone around the world is (or should be) grounded.