GO EXPLORE: NEW YORK CITY

New York City, The Big Apple, one of my favorite cities in the world. A couple of weeks ago I found out I was going to have a few days off from work on the Fourth of July weekend. I thought this would be an incredible time to take a trip up to New York City. You see, I have the incredible luxury of flying for free because I am the daughter of a flight attendant (thanks mom). Unfortunately when I do get to travel, it is usually on my own because it isn't as easy for my friends to travel with me considering the price of airline tickets are so high. I had some hesitations but I wasn't going to let that stop me from going on this trip.

One of the best things about New York is the ease of transportation. As soon as I got off the plane, I bought a 7-day subway pass for $30 and was set for the rest of my trip. I was staying in a lovely hostel in a really "hip" part of Brooklyn called New York Loft Hostel. I took a bus from the airport to the subway station and as soon as I get off on my stop I see... COFFEE.

One of the main reasons why I wanted to go to New York was because of all of the amazing coffee shops in the area. I made sure to have a list of all the ones I wanted to visit so that I could try and find time to check them all out. Although Swallow Cafe was not one of the ones I had on my list, it was a lovely little shop right next to the hostel in which I was staying . I was so excited to have somewhere to go to get coffee in the mornings and/or just sit, relax, and edit photos. It is definitely worth checking out. After getting settled in at the hostel, I headed into the city to find some grub!

Egg Shop NYC was one of my favorite places to eat in New York. It was beautiful inside and very small and intimate. I was super excited to have discovered such a cute shop, and was surprised when I found out how nice and welcoming all the employees were! The prices were great, the food was even better, if you are in New York or thinking about going, I would definitely put this little shop on your list of places to visit.

New York is so big and it is filled with so many wonderful people and places, and because of its awesome subway system its so easy to get from one place to another in just minutes (the subway is also an awesome excuse to rest your legs after walking so much though the busy city).

After eating, I headed over to B&H Photo which is only the most incredible camera shop in the entire United States. After drooling over hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment I headed outside to try and find the subway station. As I start walking I see this very intriguing man staring at me. I asked him if I could take his photo, and he agreed only under the terms that I would let him take my photo as well. His name is Louis Mendes, we spoke about our dreams and aspirations and he gave me a few of words of encouragement. I had so much fun photographing him. Meeting Louis is one of my favorite memories from my trip. I am always so inspired by people who, like Louis, are continuing to follow their dreams regardless of what their life circumstances are.

Although I wish I could write about all of the shops I visited, there was just way too many for me to mention in this post. Toby's Estate was one of my favorite shops I visited. For starters, the shop is exceptionally beautiful inside and the employees were so kind and even made it a point to remember my name and continued to ask questions about my trip and what all I had planned. I came by Toby's Estate a few times during the short time I was in New York. I was so smitten by this place that I couldn't help but make the 30 minute commute every morning for some coffee.

After going to Toby's Estate I was pretty strung up on coffee but I knew I HAD to check out Búðin. Búðin is a Nordic coffee shop and beer bar in Brooklyn. After hearing so many good things about it, it was definitely one of the places I knew I couldn't leave without visiting. I could safely say I was not disappointed, Búðin lived up to all of the hype that I had previously heard from all of my friends. They serve some of the best coffee in all of New York. Shout out to Todd for getting me pretty coffee silly while I was there haha, he insisted I HAD to try everything.

After visiting Búðin, I realized I had pretty much done all that I had anticipated on doing. Plus, all of the rest of the places I hadn't gotten a chance to see were closed for the Fourth of July weekend. I had such an incredible trip up to this point I decided it was time to head home because I didn't want to imagine spending the Fourth of July in such a busy city, all by my lonesome. I don't regret going alone, but I definitely cannot wait until the next time I can be back with someone to enjoy it all with. I will attach some photos below that I didn't get to post previously. I had such a great time photographing this trip and writing up this post for you all! I hope you enjoy, and I'd love to hear your feedback! Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend, and I will talk with you all very soon. xx Amanda