NEW YORK DREAMS – WE’RE MOVING!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent the last week in New York for a business trip. Now that it’s official…I can share that we will be moving there permanently in the next few weeks! It hardly seems real because we just moved into our current apartment in Columbus, Ohio six months ago. (Watch our moving self-documentary here Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). I’m so excited for this big change, and of course to do another moving video series (it was so much last time, I can only imagine how it’ll turn out with this move!)

While I’m overwhelmed with excitement, I’m also sad to leave Ohio and the friends we’ve made this past year and a half. Columbus is such a beautiful city and has so much to offer, especially in the arts community. My family came to visit from Indiana today, and I was so excited to show them my favorite spots and restaurants. At one point my mom asked me why I would ever want to leave here. To be honest, I don’t WANT to leave Columbus. I would be perfectly happy to live here because there is such a strong community and it’s so close to my family. I was really sad when they left tonight, especially knowing that they will be so much farther away when we move to New York.

When I was on the plane from Columbus to New York last week, I reflected on how much my family motivates me. (Note: It’s going to get a little sappy–apologies!) I took this opportunity in New York because I feel like I have everyone back home rooting for me to go on, go further. My family came to the US with so little and relied on one another. They traveled a lot for work so that their children could have a better life. I think that they embraced change because they knew they had to endure it to go farther.  I’ve heard stories passed down about their hard work and determination – how they opened a general store and read each other the newspaper in German. New York will be a culture shock for me, since I’ve spent almost my entire life in Indiana, so I hope that I can find someway to maintain that connection, especially when the differences become a little overwhelming. I think being reminded of those stories of my family members is what I find most comforting.

I hope you’ll stick around as we make our big move! I’ve been so lucky to have met so many of you through Youtube and Instagram. It’s nice being able to share these experiences with you. I know I’m not the first person to move to New York from the Midwest, so if you have any tips or advice, I would appreciate it so much.

Lots of love,

Maria

NEW YORK

Downtown Manhattan from Hoboken, New Jersey.

Immediate reactions 

  1. New York is beautiful. I love the monochromatic colors at dusk.
  2. The Hudson reminds me of The Sopranos and GTA Liberty City.

Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry.

When they opened up the industrial doors to let people onto the ferry, I ran with my camera to make sure I got a good spot. It was my Amazing Race moment.

Central Park

What Surprised Me

I sat down on a bench to watch a group of older men play softball.  About 10 minutes in, the two teams broke into a physical fight over whose turn it was to bat. One of the men walked by me and the other bystanders yelling, “This is just a test. You’ve been pranked. Ashton Kutcher is hiding in the bushes!” to diffuse the tension.

Fourth of July, New Jersey

Favorite Memories

  1. Sangbin came to visit for the Holiday weekend.
  2. We watched the fireworks from Jersey City to avoid the crowds in New York. From our location we could see the Statue of Liberty.
  3. The fireworks in Jersey City, at the Statue, Brooklyn Bride, and Midtown all went off at the same time. Someone behind us yelled, “Yeah! Jersey’s are better!!”

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Modern Museum of Art

Favorite Spot

  1. The outdoor marble courtyard. It was quiet and felt like an outdoor extension of the museum. My favorite piece of art was a sculpture of a woman whose head was an actual beehive.

Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village

Immediate Reactions

  1. This feels like the location of every romantic comedy I’ve ever seen.
  2. *Googles addresses to find out how much the rent is*

Back to Ohio