July 9, 2012

The First Week - A New Place - NYC Diaries

While New York isn't the most exotic places I could have chosen to spend my summer, it's still a pretty big change. I think it was around the sixth day that I realized, "Alright, this is no longer a vacation." I mean, who goes grocery shopping or does the dishes or makes their bed on vacation? 

There is a hustle here that's busier than almost any other city I've been to. I still look both ways before I cross the street and follow traffic lights like a tourist. I also find people really chatty. Random people will strike up conversations - on the subways, on the streets, on my way to the convenience store. I try my best not to look so taken aback even though my face is probably saying, Why are you speaking to me? In Toronto, I find people to be friendly but distant. Rarely do people start chatting you up about your key chain or outfit in broad, sober daylight. It's definitely been taking some getting used to.

So far it's been a lot of trial and error exploring, Brooklyn bar hopping, solo shopping, cafe crawling, rooftop hanging and subway memorizing.

The only way I can describe my current state is light. I had no idea the effect my old environment was having on my spirit, as hokey as that sounds.  Lately, I just feel bubbly and try my best to bring positivity into my new household. While moving to a new place has its challenges - it can be daunting to build a new routine and get used to a new environment, this is what I signed up for.

I've already made a list of things I want to do this summer and stuck it up on my fridge to start crossing items off. Below are some photos from my first week. Enjoy! xx 


  1. Amanda, I love you and miss you and am living through you this summer :)
    You are the coolest. xo

  2. So exciting! Perfect post for a (sunny TO) Monday morning. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures.

  3. It's the summer of Amanda! You're going to have the best time there and it's so much fun reading about it. Great photos from your first week :)

  4. Glad you are adapting and having fun but I miss you. Please come home sooner than later.

  5. Thank you so much for the sweet comments!