Thanksgiving in New York City

I traveled home to New York City for Thanksgiving last week, and it was so nice to be back! I honestly hadn’t missed the city that much last year while I was living in London, so it was nice to have missed it again, if that makes sense. (Of course, I miss London even more…although the winter weather is pretty terrible, so I’m trying to keep that in mind when the nostalgia hits!)IMG_2191

My friend Anna was visiting from London for Thanksgiving, so I got to show her some of my favorite spots in New York. She also happens to be a photographer and snapped some great shots while we were out and about!

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It was also wonderful to see New York in all its autumn glory. I was really hoping that some foliage would stick around for me, and I got lucky. Central Park and Prospect Park were just bursting with orange and yellow leaves.

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Cheering at the Brooklyn Marathon in Prospect Park for my friend Steve with his wife and his adorable baby! How cute is this shirt I got her?!

We got to do some fun insider things, courtesy of my friends with really cool jobs. We visited the turn-of-the-century wooden bowling alley in the basement of The Frick Collection, and got to look out at Central Park from rooftop of the Frick Art Reference Library. We also took a tour of the Google offices!

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On the day before Thanksgiving, we took the East River Ferry from Brooklyn Heights to Williamsburg to take a SoulCycle class, courtesy of one of Anna’s photography clients who was teaching the class.

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STEB4460The ferry ride there was cloudy and drizzly, but the sun came out for the ride back!
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On Thanksgiving morning, before the PPTC Turkey Trot, we woke up early to catch the sunrise from the Brooklyn Bridge.

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After the Turkey Trot, we drove to Philadelphia to have Thanksgiving dinner with family friends. The next day, we all went to see my best friend from high school, Lael, who is playing the lead role in the National tour of Finding Neverland! She was amazing and it was so wonderful to see her playing a lead role. When we met her at the stage door she was signing autographs, and a little girl asked to take a photo with her. It was just the best!

My friend from college who lives in Philadelphia, Caitlin (who ran the Philadelphia Half with me in 2015!) also came to the show with her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s brother who was visiting from Mumbai. All in all, we were a group of nine fans onstage!

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I’ll get to see Lael perform again when the tour comes to Austin in January!
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It was hard to come back to Austin after a whirlwind trip that was far too short to catch up with all of my friends and do and see everything I wanted to, but don’t feel too bad for me: I’ll be back in just a few weeks for the holidays, and until then I’ll try to enjoy this 70-degree weather, even though it doesn’t feel like the holiday season at all!

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