First two weeks in NYC: What I’ve learned

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Leaving Party selfies

It is HOT

  • Be prepared to feel sticky for the entire summer
  • On the plus side, this means no tights and cute sandals are acceptable for work
Governor's Island Festival
Governor’s Island Festival

The food is WAY better

  • There is an incredible amount of options for food in NYC. I haven’t been to the same place twice, and I’ve eaten out almost every meal
  • This means the working lunch is a lot more exciting: ditch the crap sandwiches and think sushi, tacos and thai
  • You will almost never use your kitchen: even though I’m on a tight budget, buying groceries is so expensive here that if you are smart, eating out could be your better option

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Bringing me to point 3 – The Gym

  • When I first looked at gyms I thought they were SO expensive – ummm $40 per class for SoulCycle?! No thanks
  • However there are loads of cheap gyms – I managed to blag myself a student membership for New York Sports Club which is $20 a month including all classes
  • You also walk a lot. I have been walking an average of 8/10 miles per day (I walked 14 the other day!), so it’s an excuse to get some shiny new Nikes

newyork-tall

My phone pedometer
My phone pedometer

The day is long, and fast

  • There is so much to do in NYC that you do everything fast (eating, walking – you name it), and the day lasts a lot longer
  • After a day at work in the UK, I would be in bed with Netflix by 10:30pm – this is not the case here.
  • It sounds tiring (and it is), but there is so much going on that you don’t want to miss out, so work isn’t the end of the day
  • Expect at least 3 activities after work every day (Gym, Dinner, Bars, a Show, Special Events etc!)

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Here are some pictures from my first two weeks:

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Lady Liberty
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Views from the High Line
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West Village
The High Line
The High Line
Govener's Island Festival
Governor’s Island Festival
Got my work 'emergency' bum bag.
Got my work ’emergency’ bum bag.
I walk past the empire state to work everyday.
I walk past the empire state to work everyday.

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