So since I'm now living in one of the world's most exciting cities, I thought I'd share some daily diaries, next to the monthlies I always do. I already know I will be taking lots of pictures, so I'll share some of those here! In this first one, I included pictures of my trip to New York yesterday and my very first day here. Although the weather was terrible, I walked around the city pretty much all day, running errands and just wandering around.
Woke up at 4 AM to catch my flight to Copenhagen, where I'd take the flight to New York. The perks of early flights are definitely the sunrise ;)
Copenhagen airport it fantastic! There are nice shops and very appealing café and restaurant options. I had a coffee at Joe & The Juice, which is always a good choice although the staff can be a little obnoxious sometimes. Next to this Joe & The Juice there was a really good bakery!
I can't remember where we were flying at this point but the view was so incredible, I couldn't stop looking.
Finally arrived in New York. My first and very blurry picture of New York's skyline. I was smiling all the way to the city.
This is my temporary room in the Lower East Side. My friend very kindly lets me stay in her room. It's so cosy and it has a very high Pinterest level.
My roommate took me out for dinner to one of her favourite Mexican places: Rosie's. The guacamole and tortilla chips are probably the best I've had so far! The margaritas are great, although I prefer them frozen. Another must-eat: esquites de calabaza. (29 East 2nd Street)
This morning I woke up to rain, but that didn't stop me from going out. On my way to breakfast, I saw Wafels & Dinges, a waffle joint ran by - naturally - a Belgian guy.
I had breakfast at The Butcher's Daughter, which is only 10 minutes from where I stay. I've been wanting to go there for absolutely ages! Review coming up.
The Lower East Side is covered in street-art, such as these happy little clouds.
I stopped at Duane Reade for some essentials, but in the end, I spent at least 30 minutes in here because there's way too much choice. And it's fun to see all these brands we don't have in Europe! And have you ever seen a fancier drugstore?
Since there are still sales I went into some shops, which for the most part were completely deserted. & Other Stories always kills it with their store design.
Even the Zara sale felt calm and controlled (and they have self check-out!). And the discounts are insane, I found two sweaters discounted from $199 and $129 to $25 each. But Zara is much more expensive here, though I saw some items which were more than double the price compared to Belgium.
I also went to Madewell because I heard a lot of good thing about this brand, but I was quite disappointed. Not very interesting and the prices are quite high.
I still have to get used to these typical New York views, it feels surreal to be here.
I didn't only wander around all day. I also viewed two potential flats and searched for more online. With snacks ;)
I made a list of restaurants and added them all to my Google Maps to make it easier. The East Village is FULL of good restaurants, so I have a lot of work to do hehe.
Next to all the brick buildings, I spotted this very colourful one. I wonder if it's anything special inside?
One of my last stops of the day was Dean & Deluca on Broadway, which is the original Dean & Deluca. It's like a supermarket but everything is 100 times tastier, more appealing and more expensive. Amazing to look around if you're a foodie like me. I restricted myself to buying just some water and a baguette for breakfast tomorrow, but I'll be back. (560 Broadway)
Amazing sushi selection, yummm.
Peanut and almond butters.
Freshly pressed juices with pink caps.
After that, I went back home and watched Netflix. I got a little hungry (my breakfast was so big I didn't get hungry all day) so I walked over to Whole Foods for some groceries. I found Justin's almond butter, which my friend brought back to me last year and I got kind of addicted so I'm happy I found it again. These little packs are really convenient and perfect for tasting different flavours. (95 E Houston St)
Right now I'm back in my room, about to go to sleep! Tomorrow is my first day of uni so I'm looking forward to that. The quote below perfectly explains how I feel right now.
So this was my first day in New Yok. Let me know if you like this "new" post format so I will do them more often!