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Duck Beach 2014: INTERRNNNNSS

Or should we say Duckling Beach 2014? As in us interns were the Ducklings.

So what is Duck Beach? Well, from what I’ve heard it’s a huge Mormon Single beach party weekend AKA the “Mormon Jersey Shore” where Mormon singles come out from everywhere (Utah, California, NYC, DC, South Carolina, Atlanta) and drive to Duck, North Carolina where every state/city has their own rented out beach mansion.  A couple of years ago someone made a documentary on it. Check out the trailer below:

So how did I end up @ Duck Beach? Here’s the story:

A couple of weeks ago at a Bonfire, some guys were talking to Cameron and Heather about Duck Beach.  I jumped in and asked what it was all about. While we were talking about it, I was so stoked because you know me… I love to meet new people and party. DUH. Well, then this girl walks by and our friend Jacob Wood introduced us to her and she was not inclusive about Duck Buch at all. She was saying that it was more for older people and asked if we were ’22’ or older and in my head i’m like “How does 21 differ from 22?!” Anyways… I told her I was turning 22 and the guys were on my side telling her to get an extra house.  But, she wouldn’t budge and I wasn’t a big fan of her. So when all hope was lost, I started thinking of other things to do for Memorial Day Weekend… DC, stay in New York, IDK anything. But, that’s not me! I needed to get out of the city. I needed to go to Duck Beach! When I want something really bad, I go for it!

So… We tried every loop hole to get to Duck Beach.  Our guy friends in the Lincoln Square Ward told us who to talk to and everything we needed to do to get in.  My friend, Brooke Holt contacted a guy and he said there were extra spots! $300/person. CRAP.  That was a lot of money. Being an unpaid intern and living in NYC wasn’t the best already… But, I didn’t want that to stop me.  We decided that we could all pay that. Then the other problem was trying to find a ride to North Carolina an 8 1/2 hour drive from the city.

1. We didn’t have enough money for a plane ticket.

2. We were too young to rent a car without it costing another $200 each.

Everyone has been planning this trip for months now, so everyone already had their own rides or they were flying or their car was full. We decided to take a bus from Chinatown, NYC to Norfolk, VA. The bus one way was only $35 and then $25 back so that was a decent price. So, Kenzie, Brooke, and I bought our bus tickets and we were all in now! Then our friend Nat in the ward said he could pick us up in Norfolk and then the drive was only an hour and a half to Duck.  Everything was turning out well.

The night before Duck, we went to Soho and bought swimsuits and matching American Flag tanks from American Apparel for Memorial Day. WE LOVE AMERICA.

Friday, May 23rd:

Brooke, Kenzie, Ashley & I went to Chinatown to board the bus to Norfolk! Ashley came last minute and found a ride with someone else when she got to Norfolk. If I was any good at writing bad reviews about businesses, I would do that on here. DON’T EVER USE “GOTOBUS” for anything! They are the most sketchiest, yuckiest and everything bad that a business entails. We bought our tickets online and so once we gave the crazy Chinese lady our tickets the bus was already overbooked. So we were standing in the aisle trying to find seats while other crazy moms are complaining that their baby will not sit on their laps because they ‘paid’ for 2 tickets. Anyways, everyone was crazy.  I even gave up my seat so that crazy mom could sit by her baby daughter. & then I got kicked off! So Kenzie and I didn’t have a seat and Brooke followed us out because she wasn’t to stay on that bus without us.  But, Ashley stayed! Which was fine because she had her own ride from Norfolk to Duck.

So here we are… 3 girls stranded in the middle of ghetto Chinatown.  They told us that the next bus will be at 3:30PM but we needed to meet our friend Nat in Norfolk at 5:30PM.. We were screwed.  NYC started rubbing off on us because we were the most sassiest girls ever. Everyone treated us like we were the most naive girls on the face of the planet. It was pretty annoying and I hate confrontation in the first place. Luckily, we ended up getting a refund and we tried calling everyone to see if they had extra room in their car but everyone was flying to Norfolk and renting a car from there. We did not know what to do. We ended up buying the bus ticket for the 3:30 departure and Nat was still nice enough to pick us up from Norfolk. We went to Brooke’s sisters apt to relax until we had to go back to Chinatown.

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We had a SAVING GRACE. This girl Sariah, who is in charge of the house we are staying at messaged me on FB saying that her friend Bret Bryce, who is an attorney and the singer in Jericho Road was in the city visiting his sister and is driving to Duck from NYC! THANK YOU SARIAH! Please click the link on Jericho Road if you do not remember who this band is… HAHAHA. We finally left NYC around 6PM and he was on Tinder basically the whole drive to North Carolina! It was quite scary b/c it was pouring rain. The best part is that we wanted to say something about the band to him… but he came out of the car wearing the band’s shirt! I was dying. He drove the whole way and we arrived at Duck Beach around 4:30AM.

Saturday, May 23rd:

We slept on air mattresses and sleeping pads next to some guys who were snoring very loud. We woke up and since it was daytime now, everyone was freakin’ OLD. Like, “Hi, you look like my dad.” OLD. (Disclaimer: They were just mid-singles trying to have a good time. Who can blame them for that?)  We had a personal chef for the house we were staying in and she made these AMAZING Cheesecake pancakes.  She literally crushed 2 slices of cheesecake and added it into the mix. It was heaven. I’m raving about them because they were the best pancakes I have ever had.  We got picked up from Ashley and her friend and made our way to the NYC house where all of the slightly younger people were residing for the week.  We immediately went straight to the beach after dropping our stuff off. Whalehead Beach is GORGEOUS.  The cutest beach houses lined up and the scene was perfect.  We put on our tanning / Sunscreen lotion on and we were set. & yes. we immediately got thrown into the ocean by our guy friends. The water was perfect and let’s just say that East Coast Beaches are AMAZING.

We were playing chicken fights with each other, Brooke and I got on Jacob Wood’s ‘boat’ and floated in the ocean with four of us on this tiny raft.  It was hilarious. We might’ve got too much sun because we were all so burnt. Well, not really me cuz I’m Asian but Ashley and Brooke. Poor girls! Aloe Vera was their best friend this weekend. We showered up and got ready for the night.  We went to a Glow in the Dark dance party on the beach and it was basically EFY on steroids. & it’s a workout to dance on the sand!  Our friends Eric & Ricardo walked us back to our house and there were sand crabs everywhere, it was so scary! But also SO FUNNY.   So far this trip has been hilarious.  “I graduated high school in 1987..” WHAT? Or me asking all of the mid-singles if they know what Venmo is and they are totally confused. It’s crazy how different the age range is @ Duck Beach.  We were definitely not expecting that.

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Sunday, May 24th:

Church time. The only ward in Duck, North Carolina moved their Sacrament meeting to a middle school gym.  They get a ton of visitors every Memorial Weekend and it was packed. Which is a good sight to see! BUT, most of the talks are on “Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy…” Ooops. We went straight to the beach after church. Sorry!

**Highlight of Sunday: Our friend Nat took us off-roading on the beach and later discovered wild horses! It was pretty rad. & the sight was as beautiful as ever. Horses. Ocean. American Flag Tanks. Good company. USA? What could be better than that?

We were all so tired from the night before that everyone basically took naps on the beach. It was nice that the NYC House was only 7 houses down from our house, The Ritz. Yes, every house had a name to it… It helped you remember where everyone lived. The waves were rough on Sunday and I literally almost died because the waves kept crashing down on me! Bad idea to wear a 2 piece. HAHAHA There was sand everywhere.  At night, we had an acoustic night at the NYC House and there are some talented people! It was fun listening to our boy Bret Bryce from Jericho Road. LOL

Then they kicked everyone out but really they were prepping for a dance party at their place.. Meanwhile at the Ritz, Twister shaving cream was going on and it was so weird.  But, it looked like they were having fun!  We ended up going back to the NYC House and they were having a dance party! It was probably the funnest dance party I’ve ever been to because there was room to dance and everyone was dancing! Kenzie, Brooke and I stuck together and our guy friends were dancing with us. It was so fun, I still can’t get over it! I really wanted to do a late night swim in the ocean, but us being so tired… that didn’t happen haha. It was good that we stayed at the Ritz with the older folks because then we didn’t feel pressured to stay with the NYC kids and stay up all night. haha sometimes at night, we felt like we just didn’t belong because we are so young. This trip has definitely been a great experience and I’m glad that I went. NO REGRETS! I made new friends, got tan, took so many pictures, and had a ton of laughs with my good friends.

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For Memorial Day, we had to leave around 11AM.. I set my alarm for 5:40AM to watch the sunrise.  I’m a sucker for sunrises and sunsets. I wanted to make sure I caught the sunrise because our backyard is literally where the sun rises and it was a perfect setting.

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We got a ride From Duck to DC and then caught a Greyhound bus from DC to NYC.  Everything was on schedule and this time we didn’t get kicked off this bus.  I’m so grateful for amazing friends and all of the memories I made with people on this trip.  It’s definitely a trip I had to go on whether it will be my only time going or more to come..  Thanks for reading! I hope I debriefed everyone on Duck Beach and I hope I didn’t offend anyone with my old people comments. I loved all of them, they took very good care of us young ducklings. We may not have found love at Duck Beach, but we obviously still have many years ahead of us. Until, next time!

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XOXO,

Liz

P.S Follow me on Twitter, @lizzie_lin for the funniest people watching and overheard @ Duck tweets about the weekend!

 

 

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“I just want to explore!!”

My motto in NYC is:

“I JUST WANT TO EXPLORE!”

Having a 9-5 Job is tough when all you want to do is explore the great city of New York.  The museums close around 5, so you really have to make the most of your nights by doing something! This is my thing: I think everyone should do one social thing a night. Obviously, if there are other priorities that need to come first, then do whatever you have to do first.  BUT, on the weekends… I say… “IT’S THE FREAKIN’ WEEKEND.”

ANYWAYS.

This past week flew by! Interning full time takes a lot of your day but still! I’m already done with week 3! Slowly and really slowly I’m loving NYC more and more. Like I said in my last post.. Everyday is a new adventure.

Let’s start with FHE – it was a combined NY YSA FHE (LOL lots of acronyms.. WUT??) It was called ‘IGNITE’ and basically it’s like those TED talks but mormon version.  The speakers had 10 minutes to speak on what their passion is or what they did for a living.  There were speakers that spoke on how to create the perfect recipe, how to brand yourself (Go Adrienne! She’s my boss), the secrets to writing an AP test and how to write a really good story.  It was a really up-beat event and I met a lot of new people! After, we went to that cute apt I talked about in my last post and had a bonfire in their back patio that I want to steal so bad!! Wanna know something cool? The guys living there talked to us about Duck Beach… Duck Beach is this HUGE beach party with beach mansions lined up filled with YSA people from all over the US.  There’s a New York house but the girl planning it was not really including.. It’s okay though because through out the week.. we found our in. Anyways.. Duck Beach will be on a later post if I go.  But, HOW CAN I NOT GO?!

On Wednesday, we went to Amateur Night at The Apollo Theatre in Harlem.  That iconic place is where Jackson 5 started and many other celebrities. Amateur Night is basically like a talent show, but you can ‘boo’ people off the stage and the crowd votes who gets to move forward.  The winner was an Asian kid who was a BEATBOX KING and the younger age winner was some boy who had vocal chords like a little boy angel.  It was a party throughout the entire show and I had so much fun! Definitely going to go back one day haha

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I figured out that NYC is quite small and walking 0.8 miles takes about 10 minutes or so.  I personally use iMaps because Siri talks to me and tells me where to go. IDK I just think it’s easier! I wanted to find this ramen place called “Totto Ramen” in Hell’s Kitchen to meet up with my MAIP mentor.  While I was walking there, I found a Wendy’s, 2 Chipotle’s, and a ton of cute bakeries on 8th Ave. I love the fact that I can walk somewhere and find something new. It’s the best. It’s nice to just walk by yourself because you have time to think about your own thoughts and think about the surroundings around you.  Don’t take this wrong, I love having other BYU interns here with me, but it’s nice to just have your own time.

I had a chance to get dessert with my friend John Soares who graduated from BYU’s Advertising Program and he’s the one that hooked it up with my internship at Super Top Secret in SLC! We met up in Soho at a dessert places called “Rice to Riches.”  It’s just different rice pudding flavors! SO YUMMY. Then we walked around Soho and he gave me a tour of his agency Pereira O’Dell and their place is SO nice. Chandeliers everywhere and a really small place because they only have about 20 employees. It was good to catch up with John!

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Now on to THE FREAKING WEEKEND.

So, I try to eat pretty well on the weekdays so I can splurge on the weekends. & that’s what exactly I do. On Friday after work I met up with my girl Brooke Holt to enter into the Matilda Lottery.  Fortunately, Brock Talbot and I won!!! Jake came with me and Brock brought Trevor! That was Trevor’s first broadway show and it was a very good one to see!

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On Saturday, we had quite the adventure! I love Saturdays because we have the ENTIRE day to do whatever we want.  We woke up really early to get rush tickets for the Musical, Once. We got to the box office around 7:30AM and we were first in line when the box office opened at 10AM.  Then Brock, Samantha and I went to Flushing, NY.  Everyone has been telling me to go to Flushing because it has the best authentic Chinese food and you can get really inexpensive massages, hair cuts and nails! Obviously, we needed to get everything done.  HAHA So Brock and I got $8 hair cuts and then we all went to Just Nails to get manis and pedis 🙂 Everything was Hello Kitty themed. I WAS DYING.  Before hair and nails, we went to DIM SUM!! My favorite type of Chinese Food in the world! The cute Chinese ladies come to your table with a cart full of appetizer looking foods and you just pick the different plates and share with your table. (See pic below) I’M SO GLAD I WENT!

After nails, we laid out at Bryant Park and it was such a beautiful day. I loved being at Bryant Park eating my McDonald’s Apple Pie and taking polaroid pics with my good friends! Then we ate at Chipotle (can’t go wrong with that) and went and saw the show, Once! We had box seats! But, they weren’t really good seats that’s why no one bought them haha It was cool being on top though. Everyone please go and listen to this song: Falling Slowly.  I am absolutely in love with it. Then go see the show, Once!

 

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SUNDAY! My favorite day. I’ve told a lot of people this before but one of the top favorite things in my life are picnics outside.  Whether it’s outside my apt, at the park, ANYWHERE. I love picnics. After church, we bought food from Trader Joe’s and had a picnic right by the West side of the lake at Central Park.  It was a beautiful day with the perfect weather. We had a lot of people come and the company was great! Just thinking about it makes me so happy!

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We ended the day exploring the upper east side and went back to Madison Square eats at the Flat Iron District.  I couldn’t have asked for a better week!

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STAY TUNED FOR DUCK BEACH.

XOXO,

Liz

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Ladybugs, Cherry Blossoms, and week #2 in NYC

Sorry for not blogging! I told you I’m horrible at it!! Since it’s been a while because my Mac was broken for a week… I sent it to this beautiful place on 5th Ave.

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Okay. Let’s start from the beginning. I went to another new ward and it’s in the Manhattan Temple! I now attend the Lincoln Square YSA Ward. There’s a lot of pretty boys and girls. Everyone says it’s a “fashion show” there every Sunday (kinda like King Henry, The Village, and Belmont lol) Everyone is really nice in the ward.  You have to go up to them first though. I didn’t want to make the same mistake I did in my other wards in the past where I would wait till someone comes up to me first. So…. here’s little Liz Lin asking everyone what their names are and trying to start up conversations to get to know the guys and girls better.  A new Bishopric got called in when we were there, so that was pretty cool.  Sunday night, we got invited to a BBQ at one of the guys we met apt.  They live in the CUTEST apartment with a back patio and lights hung everywhere. That apt is seriously my ideal NYC apartment and it’s a GREAT place to throw parties! I was really really jealous. I met a lot of cool kids and they told us that Summers in NYC are the best. That got me stoked because I came at the perfect time.

In the beginning of the week, I started getting sick. OH NO. So I didn’t go out Monday night which was a good idea. On Tuesday, got off work and explored Columbia University because we live only a few blocks away from it! Columbia has such a BEAUTIFUL campus. Every building looks so vintage and there are no hills. Thanks BYU. We had a fun time going through classrooms and taking LOTS of pics.

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On hump day, Y&R sponsored a ‘nature walk’ in Central Park.  I’m grateful that the park is literally 100 feet away from the office. We all thought the nature walk was going to consist of a tour of Central Park… but nope. It was all about trees. The tour guide knows all about the 19,878 trees that are in the park. We witnessed some cool things like ladybugs laying their eggs all over the trees! It sounds gross, but their baby eggs are soooo teeny!! I loved every single one of those Lady bugs.  It’s pretty crazy how much he knows but I did gain some cool insights on his knowledge about trees and applied it to life.

1. Trees give us oxygen and cool the planet and gives the earth nutrients. AKA without trees we wouldn’t be alive!

2. When a tree is under stress, it needs to eat. AKA Me all the time

3. When Hurricane Sandy hit, the cycle of nature begins and the trees keep growing ONLY if ‘you keep on planting’ AKA If a certain trial whether big or small hits you in life, you just have to keep on moving forward.

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So, i’m working full time and you know what I appreciate the most now?

-Lunch breaks

-FREE food… b/c it’s scarce in NYC.

-& THE WEEKEND. TGIF.

On Friday, Lindsey Manning and I went straight to The Amsterdam Theater to enter in the Aladdin the Musical lottery.  Luckily, Lindsey won!!! I have a feeling i’m going to be going to a Broadway show every week… But, i’m alright with that! We had 2 hours until the show so we explored Times Square. I like Times Square, but now that I live here… tourists are not my favorite.  But, we are all tourists at some point in our lives. I’ve learned that you need to have a TON of patience to live in NYC but also to have thick skin from all of the impatient people who get so mad for no reason.  That’s one thing I don’t like about NYC… people get SO mad. I hate it. You decided to live here, so just deal with all of the people you come across! A lot of people don’t have proper etiquette especially on subways. Usually, well most of the time, you let the people on the subway get out first and then you go in.  This girl was waiting right outside the doors to get in but on the inside, a cute old man was waiting for the doors to open and when they open, the girl just shoves the old man to get out of her way! It was so RUDE!! Anyways.. sorry for the rant.. here are some pics from Friday.

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Aladdin the Musical was so good! & HILARIOUS! Obviously, my favorites were “A friend like me” & “A Whole New World.” I loved Aladdin and thought he was a hunk but I wasn’t a fan of Jasmine’s voice. I’m not the one to be a critic though because I think everyone on Broadway is so talented. Never ask me if a show was good or not because I am the worst to judge. I LOVE EVERYTHING.

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I’m not a fashion blogger but check out my new rain boots from Hunter and rain jacket from Madewell (Thank you SoHo)! These are a definite MUST-HAVE in NYC because the weather is so bi-polar. It’s been raining a lot since I’ve been here!

Like I said above, I FREAKIN LOVE THE WEEKENDS. On Saturdays, I get to sleep in and it’s a beautiful little thing. I had a nice plan for Saturday. I was going to go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Smorgasbord, Dough Donuts & then walk the Brooklyn Bridge.  I didn’t care if no one wanted to come with me because I told myself that I was going to explore Brooklyn no matter what. Luckily, I had Ashly, Jake and Kenji come with me! We met up with Kenji @ the Gardens and he brought his really really nice and expensive camera to film the gardens. The weather was perfect and the Japanese Cherry Blossoms were BEAUTIFUL. I wish everyone reading this could truly experience what I saw because it was amazing! Cherry blossoms blooming everywhere! People were having picnics, laying down with their loved ones and it was just a great sight to see. We took some cool pics and then the rainstorm happened. It was POURING. Today was the only day I didn’t bring my rain jacket! As we’re in the visitor’s center trying to wait out the storm, we knew it wasn’t going to stop. So we decided to leave and just try and bare with it. Luckily, it started slowing down and the gardens were EMPTY. We took advantage and took pictures without anyone in the pic and it was great! The smell of the rain and the blossoms were amazing. I loved every moment in the gardens. & the best thing is that it was only $5! Totally worth it. Check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on their website!

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After the gardens, we explored Brooklyn and went to their famous Smorgasbord! They have 4 locations and there is one right next to the gardens. Think of Provo’s farmer’s market. It is exactly like it.  Fresh produce, new restaurants, and hipsters. We tried some really yummy fresh apple cider, flat bread, and organic donuts! Then we went and ate at 3 Luigi’s which is a yummy pizza place and then went to Dough Donuts. Dough is way better than Doughnut plant in my opinion.  Their doughnuts are HUGE and half the price!! It was a dream come true. Hello Dulce de Leche & Salted Caramel Chocolate! NOM NOM NOM.

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If you’re still reading.. God Bless your heart. You are so sweet. I promise I’m almost done. On Sunday, we went to church and then to Central Park for Japan Day & then at night explored Madison Square eats right in the Flat Iron District. I fell in love with street fairs yesterday!

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I am loving NYC each and every day.  I’m not convinced yet if I want to live here, but it’s only been 2 weeks.  Not gonna lie, I do miss everyone so much. Shout out to everyone who I’ve FaceTimed and Skyped this past week! You all know who you are! It’s so hard to be far away from the people you love so much. For Mother’s Day, I had the chance to FaceTime with my wonderful Mother b/c she’s just been chillin’ in Paris NBD! I love her so much and all she has done to support me in whatever I do in my life.  I’m pretty sure she still doesn’t know what I’m doing with Advertising but the fact that she supports me is the best thing ever. Thanks for reading! You guys are so rad.

XOXO,

Liz

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RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

Hi. My name is Liz Lin and I am a MORON. 1) I packed for NYC like I was gonna go to the beach everyday. WTF? 2) No warm jacket. 3) No rain boots. The past 2 days have been so cold and rainy! 

BUT, I won’t let this rain on my parade. 

Because, on Tuesday, I started my first day at Y&R! Y&R is short for Young & Rubicam and it’s an advertising agency.  Check their website out here! Not gonna lie, it’s been pretty slow for us interns this week, but I think it will start picking up pretty fast really soon.  I started on the 5th floor with everyone else, but got moved to the 6th floor because I’m now with Y&R’s partner agencies called ‘Red Fuse Communications’ who only work on Colgate. It’s pretty cool because it’s just like Super Top Secret (where I interned this past semester) where everyone is on the same floor.  My supervisor Teodora is awesome and she is from Bulgaria! There’s a hot chocolate machine on every floor.. which is super good for us Mormon kids who can’t drink coffee. Y&R’s building is pretty sweet.  Their balconies face Central Park, so you get the best view of Central Park from the top.  I can’t wait when it starts to get warm because I’ll be out there eating lunch every day! 

Today, I connected really well with my supervisor’s assistant.  She told me her whole life story about meeting her husband online and how they did long distance for 3 years because he’s from the Dominican Republic.  We started talking about that long distance life and blah blah blah I don’t want to get into that… hahaha

After work, we met up with Michael Petersen at Levain Bakery & we trudged through the rain and wind to get there.  I WAS SOAKED. Remember, I don’t have a jacket or rain boots… i’m in FLATS. We got to Levain Bakery and had a yummy $4 cookie and then we went back to the Subway.. I fell behind my group and had to travel alone back to the I-House! Usually, I just follow Ashley because they are always navigating, not me. After taking some wrong streets in the pouring rain with my numb feet- I finally made it back safe and sound. 

I seriously mean it when I say that it’s an adventure every day while I’m here. I love that I’m making memories every day with amazing people.  Like for example: last night, there were like 10 of us huddled around a laptop watching Something Borrowed because we didn’t have an HDMI cable hahaha it was pretty funny. Or running alongside the Hudson River every morning.  & I can’t forget about Grimaldi’s pizza in Brooklyn and visiting the 9/11 Memorial on Monday. 

The one thing I miss are my friends. Yeah, it’s cheesy to say that… but Meagan Paul FaceTimed me during her BBQ on Tuesday and I got to see some wonderful faces! People from my study abroad, Kevin, and Meagan! I love all of you. You guys are awesome. 

XOXO, 

Liz

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