Here’s what I didn’t realise before visiting this city – there are a lot of bookstores in Seattle. It’s not even an influx of big chain bookstores – although you’ll definitely find these if you go looking – it’s small, local, independently run bookshops, selling old books, new books, and everything in between. We didn’t set out to tour the bookshops around the city, but after our second day we realised just how much there was to see. So we changed course and made sure to find the best stores to visit before we had to leave.
I visited Boston last summer, at the end of my time living in New York City. I was meeting friends who I hadn’t seen for a year, and we only had a few days to spend there. In this post I’ll share with you all the places we visited in that short time, so if you’re heading on a quick or even longer trip to Boston, make sure these five things are on your list!
Everything about New York is an experience, and where you go to eat should be an experience too. If this is what you’re looking for, then Alice’s Tea Cup is a great place to visit when in NYC, especially if you love Lewis Carroll’s magical story, be that in book form or one of the many film adaptation forms. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, so when my boyfriend came to visit me while I was living in New York for the summer, he planned the perfect Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon for me.
A few years ago I was reading Hot Press Magazine, and in their travel section they had written this feature on Philadelphia (the online archive version doesn’t have all the pictures that made it so compelling). I read it, looked at the pictures and thought I’d like to go there, and since then it was always on my list when thinking about where I’d like to go in America. When I settled on doing the J1 in New York, part of the reason was it was a good location for travelling to other cities – I was able to get busses to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, and the time I spent travelling to all these different places was my favourite of the summer.
This past summer I was living and working in New York, an adventure I decided to embark on by myself. Over the three months I was there, I grew an attachment to certain spots, like cafés, stores or nice areas, and these became places I knew I could go to if it was all getting a little too much and I was missing home. Having these places gave me a reason to feel happy I was in New York and reminded me I had the opportunity to see and do things I wouldn’t get to do at home.