I spent some time in New York last week before heading home. I usually go between my aunts' houses or go shopping downtown but this time I wanted to do something "touristy". I contacted a friend from school to see if she had time to meet up. She did and she suggested that we go to Chelsea Market and then walk to the High Line. She read my mind! I had heard about Chelsea Market and knew it was a place people recommended that others visit in New York, and I knew about the High Line from some discussions about green spaces in cities in my Urban Studies class. I'm glad she suggested it because I probably wouldn't have gone on my own.

Here's my trip to:

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It's summer which means I finished my first year of university. There should be fanfare. I'll rephrase. I'm done with my first year! This might be the time for me to recap the year but what should I say? I met good people, ate food, did work, wasted more time than I'd like to admit, and I can happily say that it was well done. I know that I couldn't have done it on my own. To sum it up, I give thanks to God for all that happened this past year.

But it is getting dangerously close to me writing an acceptance speech. Yes - it's summer so I (technically) have nothing scheduled for three months. However - classic me - the second day of summer I was concerned (I'm trying not use "worry") that I will waste it away. My sister told me to calm down. She said that's the point of summer. She's right isn't she? I've decided to let things happen as they happen. I usually write a list of things I'd like to do - and I'll still do that this year - but I won't freak out if I don't get to everything on the list.

I'm not sure how often I'll post so I won't make promises. I do think my posts will have a bit more variety than usual. Some topics I may try: places I've visited, books I'm reading and cooking.

The song is "We like to Party! (The Vengabus)" by Vengaboys. That's what I have for now. I should really get to unpacking my things.

Thanks for reading,

In my last post, I mentioned that I went to a forum on black hair. The event - "Natural, Perm, Weave, Braids: A Dialogue about Black Hair in a White Space" - was put on by two groups at my school and there were two parts to the event. The first was a photo call (they sent out a message inviting people to take their photos) and the second was a forum with guest speaker Lurie Daniel Favors of Afro State of Mind. I had a field trip that day but I wanted to go to the event. I decided to go on a later field trip and I'm glad that I did. The event was just about hair but it wasn't just about hair. It may seem like I'm being dramatic but it made me start thinking how fascinating it is that you can analyze aspects of society by looking at black hair.

Here's a (slightly blurry) picture of Lurie.

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