Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

This year, my Memorial Day Weekend was filled with fun activities. On Saturday and Sunday, we had a Bachelorette party for one of my best friends who is getting married in mid-June. The plan was to do a dinner on Saturday night, followed by 'Painting with a Twist', a boozy painting event in Philadelphia. Sunday morning consisted of brunch and casual hanging out with the girls, followed by meeting up with my parents and spending the rest of the weekend with them. 

We had so much fun just exploring Philadelphia, walking around new areas, trying new restaurants. I am finally starting to see just how beautiful this city is! For the longest time my response to "How did you like Philly when you lived there?" was "I really do not like it there and do not see myself ever going back." Only now I am realizing how incorrect that response was. Philadelphia is a beautiful city with its own character, culture and history. My biggest mistake was not taking advantage of exploring the city when I was getting my Bachelor's degree at Temple University. I definitely missed many opportunities to get more familiar with the city. Now every time I visit Philly, I fall more and more in love with it. Of course, it is not New York. It is not as big, as busy, as dynamic, but it has its own beautiful character which is starting to look more and more appealing to me. I even started thinking about a possibility of moving back here in a couple of year, when I am ready to move out of my presently favorite city.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy 27th Birthday!

This year, I decided to spend my birthday with my parents in Philadelphia. Since it was a Wednesday, I took a day off work, and planned a one-day trip to Philly. The plan was to have a tour around the Eastern State Penitentiary, and then have a nice lunch at a restaurant in the city. 

I know this was a very strange choice for a birthday (meaning the penitentiary, not going home), but honestly, I enjoyed every since second of it. That's what life is all about, isn't it? Learning something new, exploring the world, taking it all in. Be curious, be noisy, discover new things and make your own assumptions. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Trip to Boston

Anyone who knows me knows that I fall in love with every city that I visit. It is not a surprise that Boston was not an exception to this rule. A few months ago, a couple of my friends and I made a plan to go to Boston to explore a new city. I heard a lot of good things about the city and the people who live there, so my expectations were quite high. After a five-hour bus ride from New York City, we finally arrived to the South Station in the heart of Boston (ok, it may not be a heart of Boston, but let's just go with it). From the moment we exited the bus station and I laid my eyes on the familiar East Cost architecture, I was in love. As we walked through the streets of this beautiful city, my fascination grew more and more. There was so much history, so much grandor! The architecture, the cleanliness of the streets, the spirit of the people around us brought on so many positive emotions. Boston reminded me of New York and Philadelphia combined plus a touch of something new, something I have not seen or felt before. I don't know if it was the knowing that Harvard University is right next door to the city, but something about it just screamed education and intelligence. 

After this trip, I can say that I came back a changed person. This trip helped me put many things in perspective and it helped me to finally get my priorities straight. Yes, there are a lot of things that I want to achieve in life, but frequently I end up giving up on my dreams before I even start working on achieving them. The idea that "the time is running out" had been keeping me from getting into the things that I love. I feel different now. I can finally see that there are so many interesting things I would like to learn about, and there is also so much time that I can contribute to learning about these things. The time is not running out, the time is going as a normal pace, and it is up to us to spend it wisely on learning something new or to waste it on watching hours on hours of useless YouTube videos.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Floral Top

Today's look: floral top and "big pants" with my short hair down.