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I recently returned from a trip to New York. In one week, I managed to see almost all of my favorite people on a lightning visit to my old stomping grounds. I hadn’t been “home” to Upstate NY in a few years. Things change and things stay the same, but I still feel like I belong there, so it was a relaxing trip, despite the constant driving.

My childhood friend’s wedding warranted the flight. It was one of the most well put-together weddings I’ve been to. I should have expected as much. The bride is a super-planner and arranged a beautiful day. It was all amazing food and connecting with old friends.

Wedding at the Old Daley Inn/Crooked Lake House in Averill Park, NY. Beautiful...with mason jar flowers, and all!

Wedding at the Old Daley Inn/Crooked Lake House in Averill Park, NY. Beautiful…with mason jar flowers, and all!

I also put on a few quality pounds in carbs. It’s been years since I had a good bagel and NY did not disappoint. I cannot express the amount of bagels, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and Western food consumed.

Holy Trinity: pretzel, egg, & cheese, NYC pizza, and one giant pancake

Holy Trinity: pretzel, egg, & cheese, NYC pizza, and one giant pancake

It was lovely being somewhere that I’m fully able to communicate, and I realized how much I’ve grown from living abroad. I used to be incredibly introverted and scared to go new places when I didn’t know the way. Now, I realize I can get anything I need when everyone speaks English, and navigating Manhattan train stations is no biggie when I can get through the Czech Republic and Thailand on my own. Personal growth!

The only negative thing about the whole trip was my visit through LAX. Customs are the worst in America to begin with, and I was worried 2 hours wouldn’t be enough to make my connection. I was so right. After a lot of slow lines and some misguided directions, I was sprinting to my flight as it was boarding. WAAY too close for comfort.

In any case, it was lovely being in America again. I love Taipei, and I’m nomadic at heart, but going “home” filled a little gap in my heart. Now I’m replenished and ready to get back to work, writing, and traveling!