Travel Log: New York, New York

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts last week. I was going through a lot of personal stuff so the blog had to take a backseat for a little bit. But I’m back and so excited to share my trip to New York with you.

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I was really excited to go to New York with Geoffrey because it was a place I had always wanted to go to, but never had the chance. It rained a bit while we were there so we spent the rainy days checking out the museums. We decided to stop by the Museum of Natural History, MOMA, The Met, and the Guggenheim. Though I loved them all, my favourites had to be the Museum of Natural History and the Met. The ocean animal display at the Natural History Museum was absolutely amazing! We also made sure to see the T-Rex (Rexy) and the Easter Island head because those were my favourite parts from Night At The Museum and I had to see them in person.

I HIGHLY suggest stopping by the Met if you are in New York. They had a reconstruction of an Egyptian Tomb which was just incredible, and their collection of medieval armour, and greek and roman artifacts are just breathtaking. I also loved the renaissance section that had beautiful inlayed furniture and stain glass windows. This museum would honestly take a few days to go through completely, but you can use the map to find the main sections you’re interested in.

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As expected, we had to see at least one show on Broadway while we were in New York. We ended up getting tickets for Newsies and Wicked. They were absolutely wonderful shows and I would definitely see them again (Geoffrey says Wicked was the best though). And just as a side note, it is unbelievable how bright Times Square is at night (it’s as bright as daytime down there). We also went to see a Lego exhibit that was just off Times Square (and do a bit of shopping). It was absolutely insane! I couldn’t believe the things that this guy could create with Lego. I included two pictures from the exhibit below. It also gave us the chance to pop by the massive Toys-R-Us, the M&M store, the Hershey’s store, and the Nintendo store. It was just fun to walk around the places and see all the cool stuff they had available.

Other Fun

When the sun finally decided to come out we ventured to Central Park. It was so beautiful and I honestly wish it would have been nicer out so we could have spent some more time there. I think we will try to come back again sometime when it isn’t so icy and snow covered. We also took the Staten Island ferry and went up the Empire State building. We honestly had so much fun that week and we can’t wait to go back again!

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Food

Yup this actually deserved it’s own section. The food in New York was AMAZING! I thought I’d just suggest some great places that we ate at.

Shake Shack- Their malted milkshakes and shack burgers are really good and I kinda wish there was one in Alberta.

Good Enough To Eat- They have really good breakfast food. The french toast and banana pancakes were delicious! They also have real maple syrup instead of the fake stuff.

Magnolia Bakery- Their cupcakes are some of the best I’ve ever had. We ended up bringing a bunch with us to eat later. They’re all good, but pistachio and the banana caramel cupcakes are fantastic.

Levain Bakery- Their cookies are massive! Get their cookies! The peanut-butter chocolate and the chocolate-chip walnut cookies are delicious. They’re also really good if you bring them home and microwave them.

Bar Americain- This is a higher end/more expensive restaurant, but the food is delicious. Also the pistachio crème brûlée is great.

Travel Log: What’s In My On-board Travel Bag

Since I spent this weekend flying to New York, I thought what better to do than show you what I bring with me on the flights. The contents of my bag tend to vary depending on what time of year it is, the length of the flight, and the length of the layover.

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To start off, I like to bring my Sherlock messenger bag with me. I got this bag a few years ago from a shop called Bag Chemistry on etsy. I love this bag because it’s very light and keeps all my belongings at arms reach when I’m in the airports. I’ve put this bag through so much, but it’s really good quality and has yet to rip or show much wear. I also like this bag because it fits easily under any of the seats on-board. I really hate putting my stuff in the overhead compartment because I don’t like having to get up constantly to get my things, so this was a must.

And now for the contents:

Apple in-ear headphones- I’ve always had issues with earbud-type headphones. They always hurt my ears after wearing them for a while. These headphones are the only ones I can wear with no issues at all. They cancel out some of the noise from the plane, have a soft, squishy earpiece, and are just really comfortable to wear.

iPad- I used to bring a laptop with me whenever I went on a trip, but honestly they’re so finicky with them. You have to take them out, put them away, take them out again, put them away again, get them swabbed, and have them go back-and-forth through the security machine a few times. To avoid what I’ve dubbed the “laptop security dance” I just bring my iPad with me. I can watch my downloaded TV shows and movies (for this flight it’s Sherlock series 3), work on blog posts/homework, and play any games I have downloaded without the fuss of a laptop.

Logitech bluetooth keyboard- I bought this earlier this year from the Apple store so I could type up notes, papers, and blog posts more efficiently. I like this little keyboard because it has a long-lasting rechargeable battery, it snaps onto my iPad like a cover (so the keys won’t get damaged), and it has a slot to stand up the iPad when you’re typing. It’s a pretty good product, but I still bring my smart cover with me on trips because I don’t like the angle the keyboard keeps the iPad at when I’m watching videos.

3DS-XL with case- I always like to bring a handheld game with me on my flights. When all else fails to amuse me, there’s always Mario or Pokemon close by. I really like the 3DS XL because it has a large screen that’s easy to look at, and the controls are nicely spaced out. My Pikachu 3DS XL case is from Fleacircusdesigns. It does a good job of protecting my 3DS from getting scratched or damaged, and it keeps everything nicely together so I’m not looking everywhere for the stylus (it sometimes falls out). The only issue I’ve had with this case was part of Pikachu’s eye started to come loose. It was just an esthetic thing and nothing a little glue couldn’t fix.

Book- I always like to bring a new book with me in case I have some time to read. The book I’m bringing with me on this trip is A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’ve tried reading this book before, but I didn’t have enough time to properly take in the book. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to really enjoy this book during this trip.

Charging Cables- I like to bring the charging cables for all my gadgets with me just in case something happens to my luggage or there is a massive delay at the airport. Nothing is worse than having the batteries die on all your electronics when you need them most.

Hand Sanitizer- Planes and airports in general can be full of sick people. In order to try and not catch anything while traveling I like to bring hand sanitizer with me. The one I am currently using is Island Margarita from Bath and Body Works. I like that it has a very fresh scent, light scent. Some hand sanitizers I’ve had are way too scented and overwhelm you when you’re trying to eat, but this one does not have an overbearing scent.

Travelo- For those of you that don’t know what a Travelo is, it’s basically a mini perfume diffuser that can be filled with whatever scents you own. It’s nice to be able to carry a scent with me if I need to freshen up after a flight. It’s also approved for on-board travelling so you don’t have to worry about it getting taken away by security. My parents got me mine for Christmas but I’ve seen them in the travel section at Shoppers Drug Mart.

PENS- This is in all-caps for a very good reason. Too many times have I gone on a trip without pens and then had to beg and plead with everyone around me in order to get one. It’s especially nice when you have to fill out custom forms and can just complete them on the plane. Don’t make my mistake. BRING PENS!

And that is all for what’s in my on-board travel bag. You deserve an award if you made it through this blog post.

Book Nook: The Goddess Test

For this week’s Book Nook I decided to take a quick foray back into teen lit. The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter is the first book of a series. Unlike most popular teen fiction, this book does not contain vampires/werewolves, or a dystopian society. The book follows a girl named Kate who moves from NYC to a small town in Michigan for her very sick mother. It soon turns out this town is not all that it seems. She meets Henry who turns out to be Hades, god of the underworld. After an incident that leaves one of Kate’s classmates dead, Henry promises to bring back her classmate in exchange for her staying with him for half of the year. During this time she must pass seven tests, in return she will become immortal and her mother will be kept alive. However, all the girls that have tried before have ended up dead.

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This book originally caught my eye because it incorporates a lot of the stories of the Greek gods within the chapters. I personally love Greek myth so any books pertaining to the subject are of particular interest to me. I loved this book. It had a great and consistent story line, and you end up falling in love with the characters. The second book in the series (Goddess Interrupted) is also a great read. I haven’t read the third book in the series, but it’s on my future reading list. If you’re looking for a book that contains teen fiction, greek mythology, a bit of mystery, or just a good storyline then I suggest giving this book a try.

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