Wednesday, September 15, 2021

New York | Day 1

Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY 10004, USA
Way back in 2019, J and I drove to NYC on my spring break. NYC was never high on my list of places to visit until I lived in Russia. There, I fell in love with Moscow and very large cities, and I was also watching a bunch of Casey Neistat vlogs. J and I were also looking at places within driving distance and NYC was only about 8 hours away.
Our hostel was within walking distance to the ferry that took you to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The ticket actually took you to both, so it worked out really well. We started at Ellis Island and spent several hours there. We did the typical touristy photos at the Statue of Liberty, but I remember it being cold and windy. We ended up not staying long and waited in line for the next ferry to take us back to land.
After seeing the Statue of Liberty we weren't really sure what to do. We decided to walk closer to the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal because it looked really cool. I was glad we did because there were abandoned railroad tracks in front of it. The building itself had very Wes Anderson vibes which also caught my attention. 
We ended the day getting Salvadoran food at Juanita's Restaurant in Union City, New Jersey. J always tries to find a Salvadoran restaurant anywhere we go and we usually seek out the highest rated ones. It's a fun little tradition. Also, fun fact, my name in Spanish class was always Juanita because my 6th grade Spanish teacher chose names for us and she gave me Juanita (because Jasilyn doesn't translate to Spanish). J convinced some of his friends, when we first met, that it was my real name. 

Do you have any traditions when you travel?

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Abandoned Ellis Island

Ellis Island, United States
Sorry it's been a while. I got sick after NYC. Then I started looking for a house, got a second job, and life just took off from there. In the meantime Blogger also changed its formatting and I got a new computer and have struggled to learn both the new Blogger and the new Lightroom. Anyways, back in March of 2019 (not sure why I never did any blogging while being quarantined...) J and I went to NYC for my spring break. I had never been there before and after falling in love with a big city like Moscow, it became one of the top spots on my list. Also, J and I like traveling to new places by car and NYC is about an 8 hour drive. 
Our first day in NYC we visited Ellis Island. This place was so close to our Airbnb that we were able to walk to the ferry. I love history, the stories of immigrants coming to this country, and when I reached out to Alexandra about places to visit she mentioned that there was an abandoned Ellis Island tour. I was immediately sold! While the the part of the island is technically not abandoned, the tour is to raise money to restore and save the other part of the island. You cannot get to the other side without booking a tour. It's totally worth it in my opinion. If you are interested, you can visit the Hard Hat Tours website.
Besides looking at dilapidated buildings, which is totally up my alley but I know not everyone will agree, they talk about the history of the hospital and what everything was used for. It's just so amazing to me that some of the tuberculosis wings were built in such a way that the wind would flow through the windows and sweep the disease out of the building! Like what?! It's just so amazing that people knew this back then. Although people most of gotten less intelligent over time because as I write this people can't wear a freaking mask in public or get a vaccine in their arm.
It doesn't look like it, but there were quite a few people on the tour with us. I was also one of *those* people who blocked the way out of the doorway to get a shot of Manhattan and didn't even use it because it just didn't look good. The door below came out to the view above. I love imagining what it would have been like in the late 1800s to be on this island and see a growing New York across the way. 
I wish I had more to write but it's been so long that I don't remember any stories or antecdotes to go along with this post. All I know is that if you are ever in NYC you should most definitely book this tour.
Do you think you'd ever go here?
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