Summer in New York and Washington, DC
This summer has been so, so good to me so far. My boyfriend came to visit and we had the best time together! We went up to NYC and DC to explore and took lots of photos. I don't think I've smiled as much as I have during these last two weeks.
New York, NY
We had planned on taking the Amtrak train from DC to NYC, but it ended up being too expensive. So we decided to take a bus instead, which was an hour longer for half the cost! It was totally worth it because we both really wanted to go into the city.
We woke up at 4am to get an Uber to Union Station in DC and catch our 4.5 hour ride to NYC. I figured I would sleep on the bus, but I was way too excited.
We got to the city a little after 10am and our bus dropped us off with a perfect view of the Empire State Building.
Speaking of the Empire State Building... We went up to the top! And it was absolutely breathtaking. When I was in Toronto, we went up the CN Tower (which is taller than the Empire State!), so we kind of had to go up to the top of a building in NYC too. I loved seeing the entire skyline, and it was such a beautiful, clear day!
After that, we walked down Broadway toward Times Square. I should probably mention that we did our entire NYC day on foot... No cabs, no metros, nothing. We tallied it up and by the end of the day we realized we had walked over 90 blocks!
My boyfriend and I both really love dinosaurs, so naturally, we had to visit the Natural History Museum and see Rexy! I loved seeing his face light up when he was looking at all the fossils. He's so unbelievably cute. I'm so lucky.
We ended our day with a stroll through Central Park. I visited NYC nearly 10 years ago, and one thing that stuck out to me was Strawberry Fields. I knew I wanted to visit it again, and we loved it! It was exactly as I had remembered it — flowers and singing and happiness everywhere. This is probably my favorite place in all of Central Park. It's incredible that people keep Lennon's memory alive every single day in this corner of the park through song and positivity. And with all the negative things that have been happening in the world lately, remembering the happy and carefree people in this park brings me a sense of relief that there are some good-hearted people in the world.
I love everything about this city — the people, the busyness, the horns blaring in traffic, I even love the strange smells that waft up through the subway vents. It's all so uniquely "New York" and there's no other place like it in the world.
Our little trip to DC was much less hectic and tiring than our day in NYC, because it's so much closer! Again, we were blessed with perfect weather and lots of happiness!
We took the metro to the Smithsonian station and the first thing we saw when we walked out to the street from underground was the Washington Monument towering over the city. I love when cities have huge landmarks like this that you can see from anywhere (Empire State Building, CN Tower, Eiffel Tower, etc) I think it's beautiful!
After our failed attempts at a photo with the monument (sorry, Jay hahaha) we walked around the Tidal Basin and visited the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. One thing I love about DC is that it's on the water and surrounded by trees, I love how everything is reflected in the water!
We did DC all by foot as well (no Ubers or anything!) and we ended up walking about the same amount that we walked in NYC.
After finding some yummy burgers, we made our way down to the Smithsonian museums, which I was really excited about! What I love about these museums is that they're always changing with new exhibits and they're always free! We were crunched on time, so we didn't get to visit all of them, but we did see the American History Museum and Air and Space Museum, which were two that we really wanted to see.
As always, the time we had together went by way too fast. But I had the time of my life with him here. We spent our last day together at the pool, watching UEFA, probably eating pizza, and smiling and laughing lots and lots. It's always a good time when we're together, and it's always the hardest thing in the world to say goodbye. As I waited for my cab after dropping Jay off at the airport, I remember thinking to myself how great of a feeling love is and how blessed I am to have something in my life that makes saying goodbye so hard. I'm counting the days until we're together again!