Return of the Wanderlust

Recently, I’ve had the overwhelming desire to go abroad again. The more I think about it, the more depressed I become about staying in this country. I don’t exactly speak openly about my political beliefs (especially on the internet), but I am truly worried about the future of America; and I feel like I will never have a future here.

I am 26 years old, working hourly as a barista to pay my bills. Overall, I enjoy my job right now, but I don’t feel like it is sustainable even if I pursue a management position. I see that the managers don’t really have lives outside the company. They are always on call, coming in earlier and staying in later than they have to. I don’t want that.

I want to leave work at work and enjoy my life. I want to travel and experience new cultures.

Obviously, I don’t have nearly enough money to make this a reality anytime in the near future. However, it is constantly on my mind. I don’t know where I want to go. Everywhere?

I had a very complicated experience in Korea, but it was mostly due to my particular hagwon. I met so many amazing people and got to see so many amazing things. Compared to what it is right now, my lifestyle was much better in the regard that it felt more financially stable.

Have you been in a similar situation? What have you done/are doing to make your dreams come true?

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Foodies in New York

I celebrated my birthday on November 6 and my boyfriend, Matt, celebrated his on October 25. Since we both had off yesterday, we decided to spend the day in Manhattan to do a little more birthday celebrating. I was very lucky to have been able to spend a lot of time in NYC growing up. However, Matt hadn’t visited in about ten years, so I was extremely excited to show him around.

We woke up bright and early to head up to Jersey City to take the PATH. We may or may not have gotten into a car accident (everyone is okay) which set us back a few hours, but we were able to take care of everything and get a rental car to continue on our adventure.

We took the PATH to 14th Street and headed to Chelsea Market. The two of us were overwhelmed by mounds of colorful spices, fresh fish, pickles, and other delights. We walked around, sampling anything we could and talking about what else we would eat. After, we headed up to the Highline for a nice walk on a beautiful day. There were so many people enjoying the weather, as well as taking pictures of some protest art posted on one of the large walls.

Next, we made our way to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which was absolutely the highlight of our itinerary. There was no wait and we were seated at a bar with a view of the kitchen. I ordered an apricot soju slushie and Matt ordered a spicy lychee one. For our appetizer, we had shrimp buns and for our entrees, we shared a bowl of Momofuku ramen and a bowl of chicken pho. Everything was superb and I want to go back already.

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Then, we walked around a bit and made our way to the Pour House across from Webster Hall. They had $6 Don Julio margaritas! Delicious. Times Square was next. All the buildings, lights, and masses of people were overwhelming, but the energy was exhilarating. We also made a stop at Rockefeller Center and admired Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

After that, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was next. It is one of my favorite museums in the world, but Matt had never been. I couldn’t wait to experience it with him. We explored Egyptian art, arms and armor, Japanese art, and so much more. My friend Candice from college was also in the City yesterday, and she ended up meeting us at the Museum. So that was a really nice surprise.

The three of us walked from 81st street and found ourselves at Milk Bar on 56th Street and 5th Avenue. Candice and I got cereal milk milkshakes and I split a piece of their signature crack pie with Matt. We continued down to 42nd Street where Candice left us to head back to Grand Central Station. Matt and I stopped at the Bryant Park Holiday Market before walking down to 33rd Street to take the PATH back to Jersey City.

We were exhausted by the time we got home, but it was a truly wonderful day.

What did you do today?