New York, United States

NYC August 2019

August 10 – 12, 2019 

I randomly decided to take a trip down to New York City (New York, USA) for a mini trip this summer. I lined up the trip with a weekend my brother would be there, so we were able to see each other on the first day. NYC is about 6 hours and 300 miles (482 km) from where I am in Maine, but I decided to fly, especially because I had accrued a good amount of points on my JetBlue rewards credit card. After using my points, my flight only ended up being around $11 for taxes and fees! Pretty rad.

My flight was for early in the morning, but the evening before, I got the dreaded text about a delay. Of course, you still have to arrive as if it was scheduled as planned in case things changed, which meant I was up around 3:30 AM and at the airport for 4:30 AM. With PWM being such a small airport and not having any baggage to check (plus being pretty certain about the 3+ hour delay), I only arrived about an hour in advance, which is a lot closer than I normally would. 

After I arrived, I had an hour and 15 minute subway ride to meet my brother at Russ and Daughters, a fancy restaurant in Manhattan with great reviews. The subway was quite the adventure: AirTrain (JFK Terminal 5) for 5 stops, transfer to A (Brooklyn) for 12 stops, transfer to F (Manhattan) for 4 stops. And then, I was there! I always forget how big NYC is. It’s pretty normal to spend an hour+ on the subway, especially traveling between boroughs.

Aside from not being bougie enough to understand half the menu, it was great! While it was a bit pricey, I’d say it was normal for New York and a middle-to-higher-end restaurant (about $30 each with tax/tip).

Our day was a bit disrupted because of my delayed flight and arriving three hours later than expected, but we made the best of it! He was only in NYC for the weekend and had other plans as well, so it was just Saturday we had to reconnect.

We took a look at interesting things to do in Manhattan and weirdly decided upon the Museum of Sex, which I will cover in my next post!

New York, United States

Silver Bay, NY, USA

This past weekend, I went to the Silver Bay YMCA for a retreat for individuals with leadership positions in my sorority, a small academic and philanthropic based social Greek organization with 13 active chapters along the east coast.

I drove down with two of my fellow sisters, and we chose to take a scenic route rather than a majority of highway driving. We went through New Hampshire and spent a lot of time in the Green Mountains and Adirondack Mountains. It definitely helped pass the time during our 5.5 hour drive with 250+ miles to cover!

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alum and active sisters of my sorority’s chapter who attended the retreat
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group photo of active sisters and national board members

After a 3-day retreat, it was time to make the trek back to Maine and enjoy some scenic views again!