New the big apple!

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jun 25, 2011

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

I'm writing on the eve of my next big move: New York City.

I know I have a lot more traveling in me before I'm ready to settle and New York is the next city on the list. It just so happens it's in America - so lucky for you all I'll still be on the same continent (for now).

New York has always been a place I wanted to live, been in the back of my mind since high school when my parents took Tom and I for the first time during Christmas vacation and we stayed at the Plaza, went to the statue of liberty, times square and saw the Lion King. There's just something about it, or many things rather, that are so intriguing to me, exciting, and unknown. Two things I love and require in my travel plans. I never want it to be easy.

The main reason I am moving is to attend graduate school. It's something I need to do to better myself as a teacher and I figure what better city to get into a huge amount of debt in, than New York. I tell myself at least I'll be having the time of my life while doing it, right? I will be pursuing a dual master's degree in Childhood Education and Teaching Literacy at a very highly respected education school called Bank Street. I have goals of becoming a reading specialist someday (and hoping the economy will be better when I am ready to do that!!)

I will be living with a very good friend of mine, Caitlin, who is also a teacher in the city. She is also a graduate of Bank Street and has already been an invaluable resource in my move. She found us a cute apartment on the upper west side, only four subway stops from Bank Street, two blocks from 2 main subway lines, and 2 blocks from Central Park. Oh and did I mention right above an amazing mexican restaurant that is apparently known for it's margarita's?? Dangerous!

A good number of my teammates from MWC live in the city, in addition to Jess Goon one of my best friends from college aaaand one of my good friends Tristan and his girlfriend (we all met in Japan) live 30 blocks south - so I'm excited I already have a nice network of friends to fall into and it won't be like I don't know anyone.

I'm so excited for this move, and am really ready for the next stage of my life to begin...
I can't wait to see how it all pans out!

Most of you know I'm a big postcard writer so expect to be getting some from me once I'm settled :)

Here's my new address if you want to send me snail mail (hint, hint):
570 Amsterdam Ave
Apt. 3R
New York, NY

I'll finish the blog by doing a quick recap on my first year back from Japan...

I loved being back in America, seeing my friends and family regularly, eating delicious food like bagels, and hummus, driving my big SUV on the right side of the road, going to Vegas, Costa Rica and Chicago for the first time, taking part in Inauguration craziness (and being 20 feet away from the Obama's during the parade route), going back to Japan as a tourist to see old friends, watching Tom's lacrosse games and going to his graduation, being a bridesmaid in Katie Higdon's wedding, and much much more. It was a great year, a year of transition..

Work wise, I had a really trying year, with a rather difficult co-teacher - but to spin things positively I grew a lot as a teacher, and am now a lot more confident in myself and know what I want out of fellow teachers, the administration and a school - so at least that!

I'll include some of my favorite pictures of my kids from this year. They were a hilarious bunch, and added a solid 5 pages to my kids quotes book (which I plan to publish in a few more years!)

Take care everyone and stay in touch!

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