Lonely & Happy in NYC

This weekend I was in New York City for a short 48 hours after a conference nearby. I was traveling alone aka not my favorite way to travel. I woke up anxious. I left the Airbnb in search for breakfast and a {non-dairy} chai latte feeling lonely. I ate breakfast alone. I walked to the park alone. I felt alone regretting my choice to travel to NYC solo.

And then, I walked into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden & It. Was. Magical. The cherry blossoms at the entrance were blooming. I started the day lonely and anxious, but as soon as I saw the pink petals blowing in the wind and carpeting the ground, I had a smile on my face.

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The day continued that way…

Thru the entire Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Thru the delicious Shanghainese lunch in Chinatown

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Thru the awesome tour at the Tenement Museum {no pictures taken}

Thru the beautiful tram & the serene views from Roosevelt Island

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Did I wish that I was there with someone else? You better believe it. But I ended up happy. Happy to be traveling. Happy to be experiencing sites I’d never see in Chicago. Happy to be alone making up my own schedule. Happy to be me.

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