Things I learned from my East Coast trip

  • When hopping from city to city, it’s always more fun with a partner in crime
  • East coast trips are good with the likes of Southwest, Chinatown buses, Jetblue and Virgin America
  • Pittsburgh can be hip too…with zombies
  • No matter what, classrooms that harbored my academic struggles will always trigger a gag reflex
  • And the classrooms where I succeeded almost effortlessly (and had the most joyous time) will recall nostalgic times of energy and creativity
  • I don’t think I will miss the food available on the CMU campus
  • Walking to and from Squirrel Hill to campus really really isn’t that horrible
  • Houses in Pittsburgh really are almost lit like fires, quiet and brooding
  • But Pittsburgh isn’t a walkable city
  • It’s still easy to get lost in a city with colored belts
  • What some call hip isn’t hip to me
  • Repeated confirmations of “do you want me to drive me to the airport” should be assumed with a no instead of the expected polite yes
  • There is tons of stuff in DC that I haven’t yet explored
  • Good hosts provide a place to sleep, a blanket and at least something resembling a pillow
  • Tacos with insects…oh yes!
  • National museums are free in DC (I really did not know this!)
  • Cities change a lot, especially if you haven’t visited since you were a 5th grader
  • When you lose something, don’t give up hope
  • Thank everyone who helped you graciously
  • There will always be a homeless man asking you for change in the worst of times (the next worst time was when someone kept asking for change when I was just laid off)
  • Favorite people are always my favorite people
  • Throw yourself in any situation when you can talk to people
  • A great way to start is “is this the train I am supposed to be taking?”
  • Don’t carry too much cash on you
  • Carry two pairs of shoes with you—one for walking and one for the dressed up
  • Make sure one pair is easy to carry around
  • All big cities (at least in the US) are the same
  • Choose one or two friends in a city that you want to see—then spend as much time with them
  • Make sure that your intention is clear
  • I think I love the DC metro
  • I also love the unlimited pass on the NYC subway system
  • etsy has a pretty cool office
  • It’s easy to spend an hour getting from point A to point B in NYC
  • I still don’t understand why certain significant others disappear when the unintimidating, naive me comes out
  • I do love them chicken and waffles
  • I have pretty good self control when it comes to spending money on things
  • Unfortunately very little when it comes to great food
  • I love love love all tea!
  • It’s really not worth it to buy gifts in America for someone in America
  • I love ice cream…always! And gelato.
  • Food carts are great in every city
  • Japanese cuisine is the way to go in NYC
  • I think if I lived in Manhattan, I would live in Park Slope or DUMBO
  • All amazing…even with Toad, I wished there was someone who accompanied me…
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