Well, I made it to New York! It’s really an unbelievable feeling to have this dream sneak up on me, tap on my shoulder and suddenly become a reality.
To start, I was lucky enough to find a place to stay. I’m currently in Brooklyn in the Prospect Heights area, living in an apartment with three other young ladies (whom I was not acquainted with prior to moving). I have my own little space and it’s all I need for now! As for the area, it is a mix of tiny shops, coffee spots, restaurants, and the typical grocers, laundromats and apartments of a city — all with a worn-in feel of a well-used neighborhood. There are gems littered throughout; for example, I went to a taqueria several blocks up the street this evening and it was every bit outstanding, and found a neat cafe to grab a snack or coffee.
I have been somewhat struggling with the transportation aspect of things. While the New York subway system is every bit efficient and effective (as far as I can see), I am heavily relying on my phone to get me solid directions from A to B. On my first day out, I walked to the nearest subway station from my apartment (about a 5 minute walk), bought a metro card and proceeded to play “eenie-meenie-miney-mo” as to which platform I’d stand on. My first shot, I guessed wrong.
Now, I’ve used subways in some of the world’s largest cities — London and Paris — and was quick to catch on. But New York? Struggle. As I waited on what I was 33% sure was the right platform, my doubt set in. A man approached me and asked me if I was a teacher. A teacher? “‘Scuse me miss, are you a teacher?” I was the only white girl waiting for the train, so someone was going to say something sooner or later.
Tail between my legs, I retraced my steps and let go of my stubbornness. I asked for directions and was well on my way. Since then I’ve become a little more familiar, but encouraging myself to ride as often as I can to get into the swing of things.
In the meantime, I’ll be scouring over this:
|See what I mean?|
I begin my internship with 20×200 on Monday and am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things! I am excited to be a part of something in this great city.
It’s so refreshing to be in a new place, surrounded by things yet to be discovered. This is the start of something incredible.