New York City

June 29, 2010

I’m not keeping up with my blog near as much as I would like, however, I am finally getting settled in here in New York City and I’m going to start making more time for writing and photography.

I’ve never spent more than a week in NYC and I’ve always thought it’s definitely no place that I would like to live.  And for the most part I still feel that way, but I have this overwhelming sense of opportunity here in the city.  I feel like there’s the chance of me being successful and doing something that I love and being able to make a living off of it, whereas, back in Tampa (or most other places even) I feel like it’d be very difficult to establish something on my own.

I’m incredibly lucky to have been given a chance at the company that I am working for and I’m enjoying this internship very much.  It took me about two weeks to really settle in and feel a part of the group and I really feel like I can contribute and that my ideas are valued.  Sure, I am still the lowest on the totem pole and was asked to change some light bulbs today, but I’m learning so much about property management and real estate in general.  I have a LONGGGG ways to go, but I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time.

New York City is such a nasty, dirty, grimy city and I can’t imagine myself living here long term, but I feel like by spending a few years here I can propel myself into a good future.

(stay tuned for a few pieces I’m working on…)


California Dreaming..

June 17, 2010

Ahhhh, I LOVE California!!!

San Francisco, California:  My favorite city in the world!

I have a few friends in San Diego and a few friends in San Francisco so I try to visit each city as often as possible, which luckily I’ve been able to do quite a few times in the last two to three years.  I like each a lot but there’s something about San Francisco that I just can’t get enough of.  I’ve been to a few other cities in the world that remind me of San Francisco, but I don’t think there is a city out there that compares.  Barcelona and Athens are both a little similar with their architectural style and laid backness (is that a word?), but still they don’t quite measure up to SF.

I want to go through my San Francisco and the rest of California pictures right now but they’re on my external hard drive that I can’t access so here’s a few pictures I found searching online, and soon I will make a longer post and put more of my own pictures up!!!

(not the Golden Gate bridge, that’s the Bay Bridge I think it’s called)

My summer and NEW YORK CITY

June 9, 2010

Well, of course I planned to write a little bit about the fact that I am spending this summer in New York City working an internship before I actually got here, however, here I am having just finished my first day and so far this is the first sentence I am writing.

I started the journey Friday and made the drive from Tampa to New York City which took me until 11pm on Monday to complete.  Friday I went to Orlando to see some friends from San Diego and although I had planned on making the drive to Atlanta after spending an hour or two with them, I ended up staying in Orlando because there was a party going on that ended up being a lot of fun.  Saturday I woke up in Orlando and made the drive to Atlanta to stay with my uncle and then on Sunday I saw another good friend of mine.  I left Atlanta on Sunday at about 6pm and was hoping to drive until I couldn’t drive anymore and then rest for a few hours and keep driving until I arrived in New York City around 8am – noontime on Monday, however, because I almost wrecked at about 10pm I ended up pulling over and getting a hotel.  It’d be too easy to get up at 7 or 8am which I should have done, but instead I waited until 11am which was check out  time and then drove non-stop until I arrived in Yonkers, New York at about 11pm Monday night.

A good friend of mine who lives just outside the city helped get me an internship at his (and now our) company and has also given me an apartment to live in.  I owe him big time.  I am working at a real estate management office and will be doing many different things.  Today I went to four different buildings with one of the property managers and we talked to a few tenants about specific issues and also did some looking around to check on some other general things.  At the office I had a few things to complete and things got off to a good start.

I’m staying in Yonkers which is about a 45 minute subway ride away from where I work in the Upper West part of the city.  The subway is about 5 miles away from my apartment so I drive there and then hop on the train.  Sounds simple enough right?  Haha, don’t I wish.  It takes about 30 minutes each morning to find parking near the subway and I’m still making stupid mistakes with the subway and figuring things out with being efficient using the train (subway).  Last summer I spent two weeks in the city, most of which I was alone in the city while my friends I was staying with were at work, so I got to learn a lot of things on my own which is best for me.  Although very frustrating, I’ve made a lot of beginner’s mistakes but now I’m pretty efficient at getting around.

For example, and because this just happened today and I’m still pissed about it: at the 79th Street Station (where I work), make sure to get on at the East side of Broadway because with the unlimited metro card that I have, once you enter and exit (without actually getting on the train) you can’t enter again for a little while because it senses that you just used the card.  Without knowing this I exited, went across the street in the pouring rain, and then it wouldn’t let me enter again.  I had to go back across the street to the attendant where I had originally been and of course no one is nice in the city so instead of resetting my card to allow me to go back to the other side of the street where I needed to be, she made me get on going the wrong way and I had to turn around at the next stop.  Sounds cut and dry but it took me a while to do all this and I was getting pretty pissed.  As frustrating as it was, I’m using it as a learning experience because in the end it only cost me about 45 minutes of time and no other hard ache.  Multiply this by about twenty and that equals the mistakes I’ve made to date using the subway and no doubt I still have A LOT to learn!!!

Around the world plane tickets

June 2, 2010

Something I heard about a few years ago and have since thought about a few times is around the world plane tickets.  I found a website where they seem ridiculously affordable and I hope to do a vacation such as this one day soon.  Typically you head East or West and circle the globe and the price depends on how many cities you go to and where those cities are.  There are some large cities that are priced low, and then to go to further off the beaten path cities (which is where I’d want to go of course) it’ll be a little more of course.

Around The World Ticket Info

Right now I’m thinking of planning a really cool trip either next summer or in two summers from now.  I would love to do it next summer but there’s the possibility of another big trip I’d like to do (more on this later but it’s to China), as well as I simply just may not have the money.  Also, if I wait two years, then perhaps a few more people can come along for the journey because it will be very expensive but well worth it.

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I’m thinking about three days in each city.  There will be a few days of long travel so figure another few days which will make it about 17-19 days long.

New York City to Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech to Cairo, Egypt

Cairo to Tel-Aviv, Israel

Tel-Aviv to Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai to somewhere in India

India to NYC

As you can see, it would be one hell of a trip and if airfare is really this affordable, probably about 2500 is my guess, then total it will be about a $5,000 trip.  I am going to research hotels extensively and figure out some tours and stuff to do but I have no doubt it is possible and it will certainly be happening.  YOU’RE INVITED!!