I’m 99% sure this is the last you’ll hear about my summer in New York, at least in a post of its own. Round of applause? Now that I’ve been home for a few days I wanted to do one last wrap up post about my experience. I wrote many individual recaps about weekend adventures, restaurants, workout studios, etc., but I wanted to compile a list with those recaps plus other thoughts. Kind of self-indulgent, but I like to use my blog as a (very public) scrapbook and journal.
Because I can’t play favorites (and there is so much I’m not including for the sake of space and sanity) the list is in no particular order.
Best of NYC
I still can’t get over how easy it was to eat gluten-free in the city. The number of grab-and-go places, snacks and regular restaurants made something that is normally a challenge for me (eating out) a breeze. My top 3 most frequently visited places: Juice Generation, The Little Beet and Local Thyme.
Whole Foods Markets
Did I mention that I visited all 8 Whole Foods Markets in the city? Not sure if I should I be proud or embarrassed. I turned each visit into a mini day-trip and would go eat lunch and then explore surrounding areas. I talk a lot about Whole Foods on here and while I don’t think they are necessarily the best (or most financially friendly) grocery store, they just have many quick options that make it easy for me. Plus, they are everywhere in the city so it was hard not to shop there.
Side note: all the Whole Foods were too crowded for my liking, but then again, I went during lunch.
Being a Tourist
I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, saw a Seth Meyer’s taping, went to Coney Island, walked on the High Line, visited the Today Show plaza and did many other tourist-like activities. I do wish I would have gone to the Top of the Rock or One World Trade. Next time!
Time with Friends & Family
This summer I was able to spend time with some of my oldest and closest friends AND meet new ones! Additionally, nearly all of my extended family lives within 3 hours of NYC and I was able to visit so many of them this summer. I made a weekend trip to Pennsylvania and two trips up to Rhode Island.
You knew this would be on my list. I was so spoiled having access to some of the best fitness studios in the country AND for an affordable price. I tried entirely new workouts (a trampoline class!) and new versions of old favorites (Flywheel).
My favorite NYC fitness studios:
-Mile High Run Club
This was probably the best summer of running I’ve had in years. Honestly, it makes me nervous for marathon training because I’ve had many bonus months of running that are normally part of my “off-season” in Florida. Regardless, running in Central Park, along the Hudson and just up and down random avenues was something I did not take for granted. Running felt like a mini-escape from the craziness of the city. It was my time to do something “normal.” Plus, it was relatively quiet early in the mornings so I felt like I had the city to myself.
Like I mentioned last week, I learned a lot from my internship this summer. Most of what I learned has more to do with me and what I like/dislike than about the actual industry, but I find that more worthwhile. I’m also pretty confident in my abilities to adjust to a new place/job/work environment.
This entire summer was a step out of my comfort zone and a challenge for my mostly introverted self. Being social all the time is exhausting! That’s part of the reason I’m so burnt out now- ha! Saying yes to adventure and doing the harder thing was the theme of my summer and I’m very proud that I followed through until the end.
But on that note, it’s time for some R&R. I’m welcoming it with wide open arms!