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I’ll Always Love You New York

I am very lucky to have been to New York a number of times in my teens. The last time that I visited was in 2009 which is when I sent the postcards in the photo to my partner. It’s a good thing he kept them too, because there aren’t many photos of me in New York.

The only photos that I still have are from that 2009 trip, a time where we had already done most of the touristy things, the things that were on this bucket list.
Still, if proof were needed that I made the trip. This was taken at ‘The Top of the Rock’ on September 30th 2009 (for some reason I was very exact with the labelling of these folders). I don’t really like having my photograph taken… but I assure you I was having a great time in New York. Honestly.

So, let’s run through the things I have actually done, the first two were done on my first trip to New York back in October 2003. The third one on my second visit the very next year.

List item: Visit the Statue of Liberty
Progress: Completed

Being that this was about two years after 9/11 we were not able to actually go inside the statue itself. A shame that I hope to one day be able to rectify on a future visit with by partner, who will by then be my husband. The statue itself is beautiful and it is big… but it is shorter than you would expect.Thing is, when you are a large statue in a city where some of the tallest buildings in the world have been built a sense of perspective begins to kick in.

After visiting the statue we did the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, something that I probably would get a lot more now I am older (the temptation was to say “now that I am grown up” but who am I actually kidding).

List item: Stand at the top of the Empire State Building
Progress: Completed

Okay, so I have done this three times now. The second time we went was during the day when there was a man in a King Kong suit with people swarming to get their pictures taken with him. The view is breathtaking when it is clear. You really can see the whole island and beyond, truly a sight to behold.

Even better than this, however, is when you are there at night. A big city usually looks better at night and New York is no exception to this rule. Sure it’s harder to make out the Hudson and you are not able to see as far… but it’s a whole lot prettier.

List item: Take in a Broadway Show
Progress: Completed

I’ve been lucky enough to do this twice on two different visits to New York. The first time was when I saw Avenue Q and on my third visit I went to see Hairspray. Like watching a show on the West End there is something special about seeing a show on these hallowed theatres.

We Do Need Yes Education!

As I write this I am a few hours away from a job interview and I need a distraction so I can let all the information I have just absorbed about digital advertising settle and coalesce into something more meaningful. So it’s probably a good idea to delve into my bucket list archives, pull out something at random and bastardize a well loved song refrain. (I now know, having inserted an earlier post which showcased my relative illiteracy, that I have a job so yay!)

I know that the whole “we don’t need no education” from ‘Another Brick In The Wall Part 2″ is a cheap shot but bad grammar annoys me…

List Item: Earn a degree
Progress: Bachelor’s in 2010, Postgraduate Qualification in 2012

Right, so I added this onto the bucket list back when I wanted it to be a list that I think everyone should follow. Whilst this list later mutated into something more personal I felt that once an item had been added into the draft list then it shouldn’t be removed.

degreesI am lucky to have had the chance to earn my undergraduate degree when I did. Granted I was one of the first years to have tuition fees but the three grand I had to pay truly pales in comparison to the amount students getting into further education nowadays have to pay. In fact I would have probably gone in for another Bachelors later in life (bragging rights… which is pathetic and cool at the same time admit it) but for the amounts that they expect students to pay? I don’t think so.

My undergraduate degree is in Psychology at the University of York, a place where I make an almost yearly pilgrimage back to because of the huge amount of memories. It’s become a bit of a cliché to look back at university and long for the days since, let’s be honest, large sections of it are stressful and fraught with bad decisions but.. it’s probably best summarized with the song below from the musical Avenue Q.

I mean as much as I would like to think going back to something like that would be along the lines of Community where I would probably be the highly strung Annie-type but not in the funny way more in the ‘get him away from me’ way.

Still, despite the cost of getting a degree it’s worth it in so many ways; especially for the sake of learning how to live away from home.