Amsterdam, Netherlands

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November 6, 2011

We stayed at Durty Nelly’s in the red light district. The name says it all.

We spent three days biking around the #1 bikeable city in the world. Eric spent three days complaining about how sucky the bikes were.

The rest of the time was spent getting inspired by how Van Gogh, an amateur painter, still became famous (and wondering how he became crazy at the end), getting emotional at Anne Frank Huis, spending an inane amount of time on personality tests (especially Angela’s), eating fries, drinking beer, clogging around, and drinking coffee.

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Navigli, Milano

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I can’t believe I used to live a 5 minute walk away from this place. No matter how low-key and underwhelming Navigli might be to tourists, I was always enamored by the graffiti, sunsets, aperitivo nights, my favorite crepe place in Milan. I miss it all so much, and of course I especially miss walking around blasting my headphones– dancing and singing loudly to myself (things you can only do in a foreign place where you won’t get recognized haha).

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Love Letter to Your City

What’s a better way to celebrate my one-year anniversary of being an official New Yorker than to profess my love for the city? I got the idea from Good Magazine’s article “Love Letter to Your City”, and I figured it would be a good way to reflect on my time here. 

I hope you all will be encouraged to do the same, I would love to read them!

Basic Instructions:
          1. Get stationary and hand write your letter to the city. This can be in whatever format: prose, poetry, sonnet, etc.
          2. Write about anything that comes to mind–a particular memory, things you love, things you’re thankful for, and what                your future together looks like.
          3. Sign, date, and add perfume as a bonus!
          4. Share your love! Post it all over your city so that it can be experienced by other city-lovers.

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Random Things I Miss About Milan

It’s the flip side of traveling and living in different places: I’m always constantly leaving a part of myself in another place, whether it’s the food, the vibes, the lifestyle, my friends. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel at peace in just one city, but I’m grateful for every last bit of it–the wonder, the surprise, the restlessness, the joy, the heartache, the permanent nomadic feeling…

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A. A. Milne

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Also, what I miss about Los Angeles here.