This blog post is a late one. During my freshman year of college,
a few friends and I took a trip to New York City for spring break. We managed to find an
airbnb for $175 (per person) for 2 nights. It wasn't a bad deal considering
that the average rent in the city is about $4k. We did all the typical tourist
things: Empire State Building, SoHo, Times Square, K-Town, et cetera. The city
was like nothing I'd ever seen before, even with living a few hours outside of
Los Angeles my whole life.
I don't know if I would be able to live in the city or any city for
that matter. It's a little too busy. After a few days, I felt a little more
irritable than usual. I learned later that semester, in my
Social Psychology class, that people in closer or confined
spaces are much more likely to be frustrated or angry. This got me thinking
about where I want to live after graduation.
I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to live just outside of a city
— like in a suburb or townhouse maybe. This seems like a good way to get away from
the stress of the city. It'll also help cut housing costs a bit, which will hopefully
outweigh the added travel costs involved with living away from the city (where I'll
most likely work with a CS degree) When I say "city", I am speaking generally. I'm
shooting for the West Coast. Most of my family is there, and it's just something I'm
used to as a Californian. Seattle or San Fran for me!
As an added bonus, here is a review I wrote for the best restaraunt we visited on the trip:
Max Brenner's New York - I really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. It gets an 10/10 across the board.
Everything about this place was just perfect. Their hot chocolates are a must for any new visitor. I had something
from their breakfast menu, which was fantastic. Every order comes with buttered french bread and a side of
melted chocolate. It's also the home of the famous American chef David Burke, so it's definitely something to try
if you're in the city. Prices were high, about $30 a person, but this was made up for with large portions and great food.