Week 9: New York

Last week I spent the weekend in New York. It was my second time visiting since arriving in Philly on international exchange and it definitely won’t be my last. It is an incredible city that has something to offer for everyone. It’s an incredibly vibrant place and the architecture, culture and atmosphere of the place stands out like no other city I’ve ever been to.

I spent the first day exploring Manhattan, visiting iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and Central Park. I also did some shopping in Soho, a trendy neighbourhood known for its boutiques and galleries. My sister lives in Williamsburg, which is only a short subway ride from the main tourist attractions. Williamsburg is a really trendy area, full of vintage shops and street art and is very much a different vibe to Manhattan. If ever in New York it’s a place I’d highly recommend for anyone to visit.

It’s Patrick’s Day weekend here in Philly. Usually St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March in Ireland, and it’s always a national holiday. However, as it’s not a national holiday in the states, they celebrate it the Saturday before. As a result of this, there are a good few events happening around the city celebrating our national day. I will be going to Chicago next week on the 17th as there is a massive Irish contingent there and a few friends from home will be visiting at the same time.

The workload in college has picked up a good bit now as we come toward the end of the term. I had 2 exams this week and have a few presentations next week. I am thoroughly enjoying the smaller class size in college as it allows you to engage with the content more I feel. Although some of the coursework has been tough, I am really enjoying the American aspect of college over here and learning a different curriculum.

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