And So It Begins

Now we’ve gone and done it… we’ve left for our trip! Even though we have technically been traveling for the past week, I knew it wasn’t going to feel real until we actually left for New York (although honestly it still doesn’t really). We got to see some really great friends the past week, and it was so nice to be able to spend time with friends we don’t get to see as often as we’d like (why can’t Georgia and California be a short drive away from each other?). 

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My lunch at a restaurant in Athens, Georgia called Home.made. It was delicious. Michael Stipe happened to be sitting at the table next to us too.

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I ran on the treadmill at our hotel because the weather was bad in Athens… I am really liking the shirt I got from the San Diego Half Marathon.

On Tuesday, Jeremy and I drove down to Columbus to visit with his parents for a couple days and do a bunch of last minute errands. We ended up being really unhappy with the luggage we purchased at Macy’s before we left (it wouldn’t stand up on its own and they were so incredibly heavy, and the wheels wouldn’t really roll), so we returned them… two days before leaving. We ended up getting some IT Luggage at Marshall’s and we’re really pleased with them so far. I also took out about a quarter of the clothes I brought and left them in Georgia, which I’m really glad I did. It’s so much better to have less stuff to carry. I managed to get a six-mile run in, and it felt SO GOOD. It’s been hard not having a routine and making exercise a priority, but I knew it would be a challenge to keep up running while we’re traveling, so hopefully it’ll become more of a habit soon. Plus it’s been good to give my knee lots of rest.

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Pretty trees on my run in Columbus, Georgia.

Jeremy’s parents drove us to Atlanta yesterday (that is insane that it was only yesterday), and we spent the day with one of my best friends, Nicole, walking around her neighborhood and eating delicious food. She took us to the airport this morning incredibly early (after Jeremy and I only got 2-3 hours of sleep), and I’m so grateful for it! 

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Nicole’s dog, Townes, insisted on getting in the creek.

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Jeremy found a rope swing.

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Dinner at Raging Burrito in Decatur.

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Here we go!

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Me and Nicole at the buttcrack of dawn.

Jeremy and I arrived in NYC at around 10:30 this morning, and we have already had quite the full day. We made it to our Airbnb in Greenpoint, Brooklyn around 11:30 and dropped our luggage off, then went in search of some much needed food. We ended up walking to Williamsburg and getting a vegan falafel sandwich for $3, and it was seriously delicious. After fueling up, we embarked on a loooong walk to Dumbo (“down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass”), and saw some really nice views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and Manhattan. We then walked to midpoint of the Brooklyn Bridge and then turned around. We debated taking a cab or subway back, but we wanted to explore all the different areas we would pass through, so we ended up walking back. All in all, we walked around ten miles today (in not very supportive shoes). Needless to say, we are exhausted, especially after so little sleep, so we’re resting in the apartment for another hour, when we’re meeting our friend from Athens for dinner. It’s supposed to snow on Tuesday (we were not prepared for this and don’t have coats, it’s Spring damn it), and I need to find some kind of jacket tomorrow to wear. It looks like it’ll be snowing a lot in Iceland when we’re there next week too. Whoops.

Here are some pictures I took today on our excursion:

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Jeremy in Greenpoint.

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Somewhere in Williamsburg.

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The $3 falafel sandwich that saved our lives.

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Nice view of the Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo.

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Another view.

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The Brooklyn Bridge sure is pretty.

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Cheesin’ on the Bridge.

Tomorrow, our first order of business is trying to find the best bagels in Brooklyn (I’ve only been talking about NYC bagels to Jeremy for five years, no big deal), then hopefully walking to Prospect Park, if our legs will allow it. We have to move our stuff to our Airbnb on the Lower East Side in Manhattan tomorrow around noon, and I can’t wait to start exploring that whole area. 

Hope everyone has been having a great week and weekend, and if there’s anything you think we should do or eat while we’re here, please tell me!!

 

14 comments

  1. So fun, I love NYC! I visited Manhattan in 2006 but unfortunately it’s been so long I can’t think of any recommendations! I remember having great food in Greenwich village..but it looks like you guys are off to a great start anyway. Awesome photos

    1. Thanks!! We walked around Greenwich Village yesterday, I love that area. There’s so much amazing food everywhere, it’s impossible to decide!

  2. I’m so glad to hear that your trip is going well. You continue to make me feel hungry though – I remember having the best falafel wrap ever in NYC as well a few years ago! It sounds like the rest, albeit somewhat unintended, did your knee a lot of good. If I were you, I wouldn’t worry about the running too much while you travel. Keep it up, of course, but just enjoy it. I personally see running as a long time, hopefully life-long journey. There are times in my life when I really focus on it (like right now) and other times when I focus on something else and maybe go for 2-3 little jogs each week for the pure joy of it. What I’m saying is that you can build it up again any time, but there’s no point in making it stressful when there are other things going on in your life right now.

    1. This is really great to remember, thank you! I’m having such an amazing time right now, running is honestly not at all what I’m thinking about… but I do miss feeling fit and having that time to sweat. I know that soon we’ll be in places for longer than a few days and I’ll be able to get some running in, purely for joy.

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