This winter break has been a strange time for me for a number of reasons. The first is that I am actually in NJ, my freshmen and junior years I went with my family to India for the bulk of the break. (If you have not realized on my parents are from India) My sophomore year I was in NJ for part of the break but I also spent a lot of it traveling. This year beyond a couple of day trips, I am in NJ for the bulk of the break. The other major reason that this break has been odd is that many of my friends (who are older than I am) now have real lives; what I mean by this is that they are not in school any more, some of them are in graduate school but the majority of them are working. Since they are working, they do not want to just randomly go out for lunch, spend half the night watching movies, or playing cards; instead, they have to be at work in the morning and go to bed early.
I have made a couple of trips up to NYC or “the city” over this winter break. Even though I now live and go to school in Philly growing up in central NJ, New York is always what I think of when I think of the city. It is actually one of my favorite places on earth, but it actually has one major downside: expense. Generally, every time I go to the city I spend at least $60 (not counting travel expense to the city); and I am not a huge spender either, but between subway/cab fare, food, drinks, entertainment the cost just gets huge. It’s also why I choose to go to school in Philly vs NYC; the cost difference between the two cities makes a major difference when you’re a student. In Philly even if I spend an entire Saturday out (lunch, an activity, dinner, after dinner entertainment) I usually can get away with spending less than $50, especially since the subway is cheap and most of what I like to do in the city is within walking distance of where I like to eat.
Below are some pictures from a recent trip to NYC, we ate at a coal oven pizza place with the most amazing lemon Gelato I’ve ever had.
Even though I still have 2 weeks left until the semester officially starts I can’t wait to get back to campus. I miss the energy, the people and even the classes.