• Apple picking road trip in New York

    I always wondered why New York City is called the Big Apple. Though only one Google search away, the answer is not as clear or as logical as you might think. Check the story here.Despite this, I chose to believe the story that makes more sense which is the sheer amount of apple orchards across the state. In Romania most of us have at least one parent who grew up in the country side. That makes us take nature, orchards and picking fruits or vegetables for granted. You could always go in the garden, pick up some tomatoes and eat them with some freshly made cheese. The complete opposite is…

  • Viva Mexico! Spending time in Paradise.

    I like organizing trips, but when your friends offer to do it…that’s for the best. This lack of research and planning on my side allows me to be surprised, go with the flow and take things as they come which makes the trip even more exciting. As this year started, my friends and I went on our annual exotic trip, this time in Mexico. Our first stop was in beautiful Isla Mujeres. To get there, you need to fly into Cancun, take an ADO bus to the city center (you can pay in dollars – the price is $5), a taxi to the port (around 50 pesos) and then take…

  • Top 11 cool things to do in Brooklyn. NO 7 may make your wish come true.

    After six months in the city I still feel that Brooklyn, one of the five NYC boroughs is underestimated. Almost all travelers focus mainly on Manhattan. While the Big Apple’s main neighborhood does have a lot to offer, I think that Brooklyn has more of the hidden gems. It’s worth any tourist’s attention for a lot of reasons. Here are eleven I highly recommend: 1. Brooklyn Heights Promenade This is one of the most beautiful pedestrian walking areas in New York. It’s about five hundred meters long and provides great views of the Manhattan skyline. Unfortunately, there are plans for it to be replaced by a six lane highway, so…

  • Random encounter: City Island, The Bronx

    Random encounters. I love them. The uncertainty and unknown that comes along with meeting and getting to know new people is what makes these moments beautiful and memorable. Whenever I meet someone new I am so curious what it will evolve into. I’ve never been a “first impression” person. I always like to get to know more about people and discover their personality step by step. Sometimes they unexpectedly turn into a really meaningful connection, sometimes they disappear as fast as they came into my life. Though I try not to have expectations and take things as they happen, there are times when I am disappointed. But that doesn’t stop…

  • Off the beaten path: Red Hook, Brooklyn

    That Sunday I woke up late after two party nights, something I haven’t done in a while…but hey…this is the city that never sleeps…so I can’t sleep either. After wasting some of my time on Instagram and other completely unlucrative habits such as eating, cleaning my place and taking the trash out, I decided to go out for a coffee and do some reading at one of my favorite spots near my place. I get there with my coffee but just under the spot there’s a big Oktoberfest party. It’s kind of loud but I decide to stay for a while. I manage to read a few pages, have my…

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    Top ten cool things to do in New York

    If you are one of those travelers who are trying to avoid the touristy parts or things to do in a city, you’ve come to the right place. If you don’t want to spend half a day in line to get to the Statue of Liberty or NYC museums, read on. NYC is undoubtedly very resourceful when it comes to opportunities to explore and have a blast. Here are a few of them I got to experience in my first four months here: NYC Ferries – I get asked a lot what is my favorite thing about New York. And though it’s difficult to choose given so many options, I…

  • How does a rainbow bagel turn into Hamilton?

    As the weekends come here in the Big Apple, I never worry that I will get bored – there is always something to see or do. This weekend I had planned to explore a bit more of Brooklyn. It looks like this neighborhood houses a cool spot that’s making the world’s most beautiful bagels –  rainbow bagels. Check out the Bagel Store here http://www.thebagelstoreonline.com. After taking care of my stomach I would for sure need some art and culture. The next stop would have been The Brooklyn Art Library –  . They are not as famous as the bagel place, but they are still known for The Sketchbook Project, a…

  • Crashing parties on an island

    I had just been in New York for about one week when my birthday happened. And since I am not under thirty anymore, actually quite far from that, I decided to keep a low profile on it and not tell anyone in my new life about it. I casually went in the office and nothing spectacular happened that day. However, the next day did bring a surprise. We have a colleague who lives two hours away from New York and she comes in a few time a week in the office. It so happened that she came in on the 20th and brought me a gift as a welcome to the…

  • NYC has it all, including a hipster church.

    When I was young my grandma used to teach me how to make the cross sign and pray. Later on I studied religion in school, but I never placed a high importance on it as my parents weren’t religious and they didn’t raise me and my brothers to be. In fact, whenever I would speak to my father about religion, he had a strong opinion against it and used to always quote one of the famous Romanian poets – Mihai Eminescu. The lyrics go like this: “Religia – o fraza de dansii inventata/Ca cu a ei putere sa va aplece in jug” and literally says that religion is a made…

  • I think this is the beginning of a beautiful….

    This is the start of a purely random evening in NYC. All day at work, I don’t know why, I had felt the urge to do something adventurous. Though I felt tired, I didn’t want to go to my hotel room and do nothing, when this exciting city was screaming for my name. So I decided to get on with some recommendations from friends. I left the office and walked for what I thought it was going to be a shorter walk but proved to be about thirty minutes. I like walking and plus, it was all in a new area, so I had the chance to just wander around…