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NYC for NYE

Reunited with Friends and Family in the "City That Never Sleeps"

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I left an awesome reunion with family in Memphis for Christmas to have a different reunion in New York for New Year's. NYC, baby! One of the last weekends before I left on my adventure, Jardin, Atish, Astrid, and I had a reunion in NYC for the U.S. Open. A year and a half later, we had a reunion for New Year's (I like to think in part to welcome me back :)...this time with our new addition, Gerry. Our first night, we all flew in late and went to an old speakeasy called The Back Room where we drank drinks out of teapots like they did in during the Prohibition. The next day, we did touristy stuff like going to Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
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When we were at Rockefeller Center, I wanted a picture, so I asked a guy if he could take one. He said, "In a minute." Not more than 10 seconds later, he was down on his knees proposing to his girlfriend. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth! Woopsie!
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Later on, we met up with another classmate from Darden, Amrish, in an English pub.
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As we were walking back to the subway stop, we passed by Macy's on 34th street. I loved seeing the windows at Macy's. They embody the Christmas spirit with their gorgeous decorations!! When I was little, my family and I used to come up to NYC around Christmas time, and we always went to the windows at Macy's and Lord & Taylor, so seeing those windows reminded me of that time and made me feel like a kid again :)
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I love all the little NYC subtleties in these windows
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The old wooden stairs at Macy's!
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Subway time :)
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After an amazing brunch at Stanton Social, my favorite NYC brunch spot, we continued to hang out in fun Manhattan spots. In fact, we went to Bryant Park and Jardin and I went ice-skating. It was the first time the Indian man had ever been ice-skating :) He was so adorable out on the ice as I taught him to skate. I guess they don't have too many ice-skating rinks in Mumbai, eh Jardin? :)
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Beautiful Bryant Park
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For New Year's Eve, my cousin Emilie had a party at her apartment. It was SO fantastic to see her again!
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Emilie is getting married this summer and I got to meet some of those involved in the wedding! Bachelorette Party here we come!
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Happy New Year! Kazoo time :)
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We all had a blast at the party!
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The following days, I got to hang out with Emilie and her fiancé, Blake, which was great. In addition, I got to reunite with Elaine, a friend of mine who I studied abroad with in France who I hadn't seen in 5 years, because first she was abroad, and then I was abroad. It was so great to catch up with her and hear about her time in France.

My time in NYC was fantastic and just got me even more amped up to move there soon! Just as soon as I'm done with this blog, it's job-application time :)
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Posted by kendallwallace 18:43 Archived in USA Tagged nyc

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