“I guess that this sort of thing is part and parcel of travelling, you go to places that do not have the same laws and ideas that our home country has and it often seems almost alien to us. It is also these differences that often help to create the culture and society we’re seeing – the very reason why we’ve gone there.”
There are far more things to see and far too much to talk about. I cannot recommend enough that you go and try it even just once. I believe that New York offers something for everyone and no two people will come back with exactly the same feelings about it.
When I think back to my reasons for coming to the USA for the first time, it was primarily for the universities. I had this grand dream that I could graduate in the UK and then go on to do a PhD Stateside, but now travel is what dominates my dreams practically on a daily basis and let’s face it travel is a far more practical (and certainly cheaper!) option. But when I was dreaming of USA study, I thought it would be good to go and see some of the best universities not only in the USA but also the World. So I choose to fly into Boston to see Harvard, MIT and then I could pop over to Brown in Providence and Yale in New Haven before going down to New York for NYU and Columbia so that’s just what I did.
It was July 2010 when I first entered the massive country that is India. I was only there for a short while; just over a week, but the country left a lasting impression. At the time I didn’t enjoy it much, however, upon reflection, I think India is one of the those countries that, when you look back on your time there you do actually want to return and experience just a little bit more of its hugely diverse culture. Something I don’t think I appreciated as much as I should have.
Everest Base Camp. The first of many camps leading to the highest mountain on Earth. The trip that got me there was easily one of the most amazing periods of my life. It sealed the deal with my love affair of travel and it has most definitely helped shape me into the person I am today. It’s something I look back fondly on and one that I constantly wish to relive.
“…we headed down to river, stripped to our underwear and went for a swim. The water was warm enough to feel like a bath and the bed was sandy. The current was strong so we’d float down and try and swim against the current back up. In time an elephant came down to the river to wash and it’s owner allowed us to spend time with it.”
“There are over 12,000 streets within the Medina and although we were lost in the shadowy underworld, hidden away from the sun, many of the streets had wooden awnings with intricate designs that allowed patterned sunlight to fall on the street below.”