All Things Touristy

Amazing how time passes. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was bidding my family farewell from T2 (Mumbai).

It has been one hell of a month. The good news is that I have finally settled down, and I have started to figure everything out. And what I have come to realize is that, this city will eat you alive if you let it! Definitely one of the most cut throat cities I have ever lived in, and that is a grandiose statement, from someone who lived in Mumbai most of her life. Just as a quick example, there are over 10,000 students, and all of them (ok,most of them) have the drive and talent to accomplish great feats in their respective fields.

The first week at FIT was an orientation week where all the incoming students were divided into groups involving a week long project where we got to meet new people and get accustomed to the FIT area. There were game nights, movie nights, a dance party, a city tour, etc. all in the hope of making new connections.  Fortunately I made the wise decision of really exploring and sightseeing the wonderful attractions around the city. It was wise because not only was the weather warm, but there were no assignments! A month later, the weather has started to drop, but the assignments have heated up!

Here is a picture album of my first week in New York City.

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I landed at JFK at 10 o’clock in the morning and I was at Chipotle at 2 o’ clock in the afternoon! Now that’s some real Mexican lovin’! Oh and BTW that ear-to-smile you see, thats genuine excitement for delicious Mexican food! 2

Signs that I have become a New Yorker; initially the sight of the empire state building amazed me every time I took a look at it. Now that I pass by it everyday I forget to even look up.
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Walking down 5th, 6th, and 7th avenue has almost become a daily routine of mine when it comes to shopping for stationery, food, etc. Palazzo pants and flip flops did the trick, as always, to make me feel stylish.

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After a point of time, I avoided going on 5th ave and times square as it was crowded with all the tourists, (I sound like a new-yorker, haha).
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Venturing on top of the Rockefeller Center was an awesome experience. I got to see Central Park in the day time and the skyline in the night time.

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Along with other sights and attractions, aka the World Trade Center memorial and Battery Park are some of the other places I have explored. Personally, the most exciting thing is to explore the city by yourself. You really immerse yourself in the city and have time to reflect at all the beautiful sights and attractions. For this I couldn’t have done without some comfortable clothes and and a pair of my running shoes!11 12

Finally, I would like to end this post with a somber message. I understand now, more than ever before, that it is important to really be comfortable in your own skin and to love your own company. I have been out here by myself for over a month now, and at times it is difficult, no doubt. But would I trade it all in for being comfortable and stagnant back home? Absolutely not!

Until Next time from the Big Apple.

-XOXO Kreena

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