the ‘new’ means of transportation.

and by ‘new,’ I mean the first & original form of getting around. let me introduce: walking.

oh, you’ve heard of it? in that case, let’s ponder together ..

when [J] & I lived in new york city, we did not own cars. in fact we sold them before moving; and although they can be quite convenient, they’d prove to be more of a burden in the city. [fathom this: I felt bad for people with cars. the traffic, the lack of + high cost of parking, very limited gas stations]. walking & public transportation was how we got around, and I loved it! even in the snow + rain. it was a mile of fresh air & a chance to wake up in the morning. and a mile of unwinding after a long day. I cherished that time. [just a bonus: it doubled as exercise].

so, why is it so crazy to walk in iowa?

actually, I may expand this to include the entire midwest.

lately, I have been opting to walk to work. approximately one mile. and what used to be the norm in my life is suddenly “crazy”. I know there is a slight lifestyle change between des moines, IA & new york city ..but c’mon! people don’t even consider walking as a way to get somewhere. even if it’s a mere mile away.

do you think I’m crazy? or an early adopter? hahaha.

means of transportation // LLinaBC.com

means of transportation // LLinaBC.com

plus it helps when the scenery is so gorgeous.

do you opt to walk or drive? and am I the only person who feels this way?

miss you new york.

happy tuesday.

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new york city [part II].

this was my return trip. the first time I have been back since moving away, 8 months ago.

if you’ve moved away from anywhere, you know the feeling ..you long for your friends, the familiar sights, the established routine, the scrumptious food. all of it.

welp, that’s me & new york. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a plane ticket back for a visit. even just for a glimpse of the skyline. honestly. but I got better; two whole days, to do with whatever I wanted. I shared a portion of {part I} on monday. that was the sight-seeing, touristy portion. today I share the other part; the “pretend I still live in NYC, casually meet up with my friends, doing what we’ve always done” part. [I really loved this].

meet my

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SONY DSCI knew he’d be busy. I hadn’t planned for much together time. [even though some would’ve been nice].

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I did a splendid job filling my time. if I do say so myself.

on night one, I took the train from our hotel in astoria to my friend, Ben’s apartment. on the upper, upper west side of manhattan. he made me an offer I couldn’t resist – an italian feast ..with wine. [he knows me too well].

homemade italianI had every intention of BTS* out of our evening. but I forgot my camera; I was hungry. & nervous I might get lost on the subway. and so I had to settle for broken android photos. ben will not be happy, so forgive the quality of the above & below. [BTS* blog that shit/blogging the shit].

meet

benjiafter dinner, I scrutinized his lack of christmas decorations [according to him]. and he introduced me to {HBO’s: Girls}. which made me feel SO uncomfortable, yet very intrigued. [thank you benji].

on day two, I dedicated the entire day to my former coworkers. & williamsburg [brooklyn]. actually the plan was to meet for lunch ..we had “lunch” until 11PM :)

meet

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I worked directly with these two every single day, for a year & a half. it was so good to see them again. uber amounts of catching up were had.

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sorry chicago, I’m participating in a love affair with new york city.

[no, we’re still not moving back].
 

I ♥ NYC

hahaha. no, but really.

happy thursday!!

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december in new york city [part I].

new york city is magical. but decorated for the holidays .. it is absolutely breathtaking.

thanks to spontaneity & inviting myself on [J]’s business trip, I got to see the city in all of its christmas glory.

as soon as we landed .. [J] went to a meeting. & I went gallivanting, with my camera. [only fair, right?]

bryant park 1

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times square

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rockefeller

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then all of my dreams came true …

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I saw the today show while it was filming. [I could’ve easily made this happen when I lived in new york ..but the fact is, I didn’t].

and let me show you the VIEW I had ..

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[only slightly worth the wait ..]

central park 1

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central park

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and the best photo of the trip goes to ..

what is this little boy up to?

SONY DSCoh nothing much, just perfect timing on MY part.

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your eyes are not deceiving you. I’m proud of this moment I captured.

on that note ..

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happppppy monday.

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