In December of 2012, my three month travel adventures began with exploring back East in the United States for a couple weeks right around Christmas time!
The adventures began two days after Christmas where I flew into Newark, New Jersey.
My flight came in late in the winter evening.
I exited the plane, grabbed my luggage, transferred terminals to meet my college roommate and walked into the shocking freezing cold winter breeze of the East.
Man, was that weather shocking.
We quickly found a taxi and took a surprisingly quick city ride over the bridge
and landed in the neighborhoods of Manhattan.
Ali and I woke each day with plans to see a new distinct part of this famous city.
A city filled with so much energy, so much movement, so many people just huddling and bustling about!
I have to be honest in that this city made me feel defeated, oh yes -- with the city winning.
Amongst the chaos and cold there existed a lot of beauty and warmth.
The buildings -- the architecture and colors were just breathtaking!
And by warmth, even though it got down to 28 degrees with the winds unbearable,
the people were very welcoming and extremely helpful.
People truly cared and assisted in many ways unexpected -- stopping to give directions when they saw us looking at a map, offering endless recommendations and carrying my intense suitcase up three flights of stairs. These were all humanitarian gestures that went along way.
Adventures in New York and New Jersey included everything from walking down Malcom X blvd in Harlem, to walking all of Central Park -- yes all from top to bottom, to the mayhem of Times Square and Rockefeller Center around Christmas time, to trucking through hours of snow and heavy rains to the 9/11 memorial to looking over the water at the Statue of Liberty to 5Pointz in Queens where the gratify is legal and so vibrantly appealing to the Brooklyn Bridge to an entire ocean view of Manhattan city in Hoboken, New Jersey and everything inbetween from dancing to drinking to spending New Year's Eve at a Blonde Redheads show
at Irving Place in Union Square!
Ali and I then took a four hour bus ride from New York to the historical Washington D.C. where we wondered around photographing the historic streets of Georgetown and Capital Hill for a couple days.
Below are some of my favorite photographs from the three historic states - New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C.! As always, enjoy!
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I am in love with life and all those in it.