Old Salem Wandering

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My favorite time to explore Old Salem is on a weekday evening, when not many people fill the streets and I am free to wander about.

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I always head towards the back corners of the  village. The knobby cobblestone paths are quieter there and less often traveled.

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Towering trees stand tall over my head. Some of them must be as old as the buildings themselves.

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Nestled between the buildings are many hidden corridors and twisting paths. There is never a lack of places to explore.

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One of my very favorite things about summer is the long warm nights that are often spent exploring.

NYC: On the Streets at Night

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New York City is a crazy place, whose streets don’t slow down as the darkness falls. The bright, sparkling lights of the skyscrapers illuminate the streets for as far as the eye can see.

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…And some areas grow even brighter as the sun goes down, hitting you with blinding lights as you turn the corner. Sometimes you forget that is isn’t the middle of the day!

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(I love the giant towers of steam!)

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But no matter how dark, or how late it got, I always felt very safe on these busy city streets, which is a lot more than I can say about my own city.

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I love exploring this city, no matter what time of day!

Train Bridge

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I have always loved trains; I find them mysterious, and intriguing. I like to dream of where they’re going, and where they came from. I wonder about what they’re carrying, and who’s riding them. I live close to the train tracks, and most nights I can hear the lonely whistle of the train, and I try to imagine where it is headed as I fall asleep.

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Sometimes I dream that I am on that train, headed to some far away, unknown town.

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I always have the yearning to travel far far away, and train tracks always make me dream of distant places.

Long Branch Trail

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A new Greenway is coming to the city!  And this one runs right through downtown.

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The old industrial side of town that has been crumbling for years is finally getting a new life, and this trail will help to connect everything together. The old tobacco factories are being converted into loft apartments, businesses, research labs and classrooms for the local medical school. It’s getting hard to believe this whole area was nearly abandoned just a decade or so ago.

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It was a chilly, foggy Sunday afternoon that we ventured out and walked along what would soon be the busy new trail. The Greenway will run along some old railroad tracks that are no longer in use, and include many bridges.

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Click here to see what this area looked like back in the summer, right as construction started. I kind of liked the overgrown look of what it used to be, but I am also excited to see what it changes into.

NYC: On the Street

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A collection of random shots I took while wandering the streets of New York City. Most of the pictures I didn’t frame of even stop to think about. I just snapped away as I walked.

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One of the many glorious city pigeons I saw!

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My favorite thing about our visit was just roaming the streets and taking in all the sights. I love the crazy atmosphere of the city, where there’s always something new and exciting to see every street corner you turn down. Although I am not a very social person, I feel safe and secure in large crowds. I like how busy everybody is in NYC; nobody tries to talk to you and everyone seems to mind their own business. Because of that, it seemed a lot less stressful and scary than my own city. I miss New York.

Snow Day

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They had been predicting  it for over a week, and it actually happened. A big snow storm!

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I love snow so much, but since I live in North Carolina, I don’t really get too see it as often as I would like. Luckily it does snow here a few times each winter. Sometimes we only see a few inches, other times we get nearly a foot, which was the case here!

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All these photos were taken in my Mom’s yard. I love how magical and different the snow makes everything look. I love wandering along usual streets, that seem to look unfamiliar in the snow. I wish I lived in a colder climate. I was born in Detroit Michigan, so I feel like I am meant to be living in the north. But I least I am not so far deep in the south that I never see snow, that would be a sad life for me.

New York City

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I’d never spent much time thinking about New York City. But a few years ago I got the idea that I wanted to visit during Christmas time. And as the years went by, my desire to visit this city grew and grew until the next thing I knew, I was buying plane tickets this past November, to visit the city just a few weeks later.

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The last time I had flown on a plane, I was four years old. All I remember is eating fig newtons and being in a cloud the whole time. For years I had convinced myself that I was afraid of flying, and vowed to never set foot on a plane. But eventually I realized that was silly because I love traveling and there are so many places I want to go. It’s been years since got over my fear, but still hadn’t actually flown anywhere, so it was time.

When the plane finally took off, after driving around on the runway for what felt like an inordinate amount of time, I was so freaked that I couldn’t bring myself to look out the window for at least half an hour! It was such a tiny plane, smaller than a train car, and when it turned all you could see was the ground. But I was so excited to go to NYC it helped to cancel out how freaked I was. We were only in the air a little over an hour before we landed, I couldn’t believe how fast we got there!

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The next adventure was getting our subway pass at the airport, figuring out what bus to take to get to the subway, and then figuring how to navigate the subway to get to our hotel.

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After the long subway ride from Laguardia to Canal street in lower Manhattan, we climbed up the steps and found ourselves directly across from our hotel. Success! I hadn’t gotten us lost.  I was pretty proud of myself for successfully navigating the way there, by car, plane, bus, train and foot!

We didn’t have any major plans when we got there; just to wander around and explore.

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Our hotel was on the edge of Chinatown, which was a blast to explore.

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We walked on the High Line, which had some great city views.

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I got to see all the Christmas sights I had dreamed about, including the giant Christmas tree!

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I finally got to try an authentic NY bagel that I’m still dreaming about. Also, our hotel was conveniently located close to a pizza place that sold $1 cheese slices, which I forgot to take a picture of. We tried out a few pizza places during our stay, but the $1 place called Joey Pepperoni was the best.  I looked it up a few nights ago when I was craving a slice, and it’s only an 8.5 hour drive from the house 🙂 WORTH IT.

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We visited the World Trade Center and saw the memorial, plus this insane structure.

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We saw all kinds of crazy skyscrapers, including this giant cube which is the tallest residential building in the world, and full of billionaires.

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And we went to the top of 30 Rockefeller Center for a 360 degree view of the city.

I never expected NYC to be so much fun, and I am already dreaming of going back! My favorite part about the city is that you never know what your are going to see. Almost every time you turn a street corner you see something new, crazy or unexpected.

It’s a crazy city and I definitely recommend visiting it at least once in your life. I want to visit as many times as I can.