A Trip to the Windy City

Chicago, IL, USA

I've wanted to visit Chicago for the longest time. I remember almost planning on going with my college roommate for Spring break in Freshman year before we realized we were both too broke. But  I was finally able to visit with my mom and my brother for five days in August, just about a month ago.

We stayed in the North End and mostly traveled close to the Loop on our visit, playing tourist. I had so many destinations bookmarked on my phone, and made sure to hit as many as possible, though wish I could've eaten more meals in a day since the amazing food options were just uncountable. Nevertheless, here is a list of many of the places I visited on my trip to the Windy City.

Beach Day

New York, NY, USA

Around once a year, I get around to taking the long train ride to Coney Island. I find it quite amazing how you can be in the concrete jungle one moment, and by the ocean the next. My friends like to call Coney Island the "gross beach" and say we should go out further in Long Island, but when there's a beach a $2.75 train ride and a 45 minute nap away, I'll take what I can get. Plus, I think Coney Island has its charms.

NYBG x Chihuly

It's always such a nice break to visit one of the gardens in New York on a nice day. After visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle last summer, my family and I just had to go and see the exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden. Luckily, we all had a free day on July 4th, so we decided to make a day trip. It did not disappoint. 

Independence & New York City

Attending college in New York City gave me freedom at age 18 that not all people get to have. Instead of being confined to a set community within the boundaries of a gated facility, the entirety of New York City became my campus. I had access to a wide range of public transportation that could take me everywhere, from Brooklyn to home in New Jersey. 

With this freedom, I grew a lot. I learned to get to places on time by foot instead of by my parents driving me, to manage my own bank account and completely live off of my own money (I was not given allowance), and to simply look out for myself and keep my health in check. I found myself enjoying spending time alone, for it was so liberating to not anybody to hold me back from doing whatever I wanted to do.