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City of Light

Before starting my summer school classes, I made a trip to NYC to visit one my best friends, Andy, and my boyfriend Wendell.

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We had fun visiting Brooklyn.

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Mr. Chow and I jumping for joy.

Andy and Wendell were still in school, so I had a lot of time to explore the city on my own. It was a cool experience to sit alone with my thoughts and watch all of the people of the big city. During this trip I read The Alchemist by Paul Coelho and I highly recommend reading this book.

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We came across this beautiful tile wall.

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“The simple things are the most extraordinary things , and only the wise can see them” (The Alchemist.)

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We did some vintage shopping.

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We walked around the High Line.

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“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better” (The Alchemist.)

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My vintage leopard belt from Hamlet’s Vintage.

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The view from Andy and Mr. Chow’s rooftop.

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Coco and Rihanna in Soho.

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I felt inspired when I went into Chloé.

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“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny… It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and you will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth” (The Alchemist.)

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I had such an amazing time exploring manhattan with Andy.

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I looked at beautiful vintage designer pieces at What Goes Around Comes Around.

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I fell in love with this vintage Hermès watch.

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Chai tea and Soho.

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The Whitney Museum.

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“At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what´s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That´s the world´s greatest lie.” (The Alchemist.)

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I couldn’t resist Ladurée.

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“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure” (The Alchemist.)

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“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you´ll find your treasure” (The Alchemist.)

We found beautiful things at the Chelsea Market. Each time Andy and I go there one of the men who works at the Moroccan store says, “you girls are artists, I can tell.” This time one of them gave me a free woven tote bag with silver sequins on it.

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 The trip started out really slow and it felt like I had all of the time in the world, but towards the end it went by in a flash. All of a sudden I was on a plane back to Los Angeles and it hurt this time more than ever to say goodbye to the people I love.

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This trip taught me a lot about myself and about love. It is easy to lose oneself in love. One must stay true to themselves and focus on their own passions, rather than getting too dependent on the other person. It is important to be individual, but still care deeply for the other person. It is a beautiful thing to be completely one’s self around another and to be loved as for who we are.

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you”  (The Alchemist.) 

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