October 2015 | Upstate NY, Jimmy Kimmel, My Bestie arrives & more..6 min read

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Hello there!
It’s been a while. Today is the first day in a long time where I have actually had time to sit down and relax for a bit. New York is such an amazing city. There is an endless amount of things to do here. They say a New York minute is shorter than anywhere else in the world and I truly believe it. I am finding it incredibly difficult to acknowledge the fact that it is already December 1st (I apologise for not posting any sooner). It feels like just yesterday I was hopping on the plane to come over here. Here’s a look back over a few of my highlights from October. I know I’m 2 months behind but hey, it’s better late than never, right!?

Upstate New York
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1. I visited upstate New York for a weekend, thanks to my friend Kacee who was so kind to let me stay with her family and showed me around. Let me tell you, it was not a fun time getting there! Our bus left from midtown at 5.30 and we had class until 4.20, yet we thought we had time to sit down and eat pizza after class (don’t even ask!). We left the pizzeria and next it started pouring rain. We had to run back to our dorms, pick up our luggage and run to the subway station, which, luckily, is very close to our dorms. You might be wondering what time we got on the subway? 5.20, we managed to squeeeeeze in – literally just about. I really did not think my little suitcase was going to fit in with me! So that gave us 10 minutes to get to the station which was about 20 minutes away. . . It couldn’t possibly end well, could it? To make matters worse, we were meeting Kacee at the station and we had her ticket and we couldn’t even contact her to let her know where we were because we were underground!
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Oh wow, this is a long story. I hope you’re keeping up! I’m nearly finished – I promise.
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Silly us, we forgot to take a screenshot of the directions and we were unsure of which stop to get off at. Alexandra thought it was 14th street, so we were planning on getting off there until a guy overheard us and told us it was 34th street we needed to get to! Thank you to that kind person!!! Finally, we made it to the station about ten minutes late, and our bus had left without us.
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However, it doesn’t end there!! Luckily they had overbooked the bus and they had to put on a second bus. We were so relieved! And we met Kacee (who thankfully didn’t hate us after our stressful trip to the bus station!) Because we had missed the first bus, we missed our connecting bus but long story short, we made it upstate about 5 hours later! A glass of wine was so well deserved that night!
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A few of the things we did upstate included apple picking, going to a pumpkin patch (how american!), and we visited Woodstock, which is a real hippy town! Upstate NY is really beautiful. It was quite nice to get away from the city and all the hustle and bustle for a little bit but I definitely was happy to return after the weekend.
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2. My friend, Alexandra, and I went to the Tidal X concert in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was a rap/hip hop concert, which I had never been to before but I really enjoyed it. It was a charity concert set up by Jay Z and consisted of about 20 different performers, including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Usher and so many more. It goes without saying that the best part was getting to see Beyoncé live. She is crazy talented. Oh and, warning: if you ever go to a concert/game in an arena like this, be sure to eat beforehand. It is outrageously expensive!!
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We met Jimmy Kimmel!
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3. One of my favourite things to happen during the month was getting to meet Jimmy Kimmel! Jimmy Kimmel was taping in Brooklyn for one week (he usually tapes in L.A.) and Alexandra and I were lucky enough to get tickets for not one, but two of the shows! Some of the guests included Bradley Cooper (need I say more), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) and Bernie Sanders (presidential candidate). I love attending tapings and seeing how a show all comes together. It was a lot of fun. The reenactment of the scene from Back to the Future that they did was brilliant! Here it is if you haven’t seen it:
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After the first show, we were leaving the venue and heading back to the subway station when we saw a big crowd around a door, where Jimmy Kimmel was inside. He came out but only to walk straight into another building. Everyone was disappointed and left but one of the staff members told Alex and I that there is a chance he might come back so we said we would stay for a little bit because we were not doing anything else that evening anyway – well, besides going to the library but Jimmy Kimmel vs library – I think we all know who is going to win that battle! So we were on our phones and next thing I looked up and there was Jimmy Kimmel walking towards us!! My reaction was “Jimmy??!!” and he came over and we took a picture with him and talked for a minute (not very long I know, but he’s a busy guy!) He was really nice and friendly.
The Original Carlos Bakery, Hoboken
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4. Obviously the best thing that happened this month was my bestie, Kelly, coming to visit! We went to Central Park, had breakfast in The Boathouse, went to the Met Museum (which may have been a little too artsy for us two who haven’t a clue about art!!), visited the original Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, did some shopping in Soho, ate in Chinatown, and the list goes on. We had a jam-packed couple of days. I went to see my first Broadway Show, Finding Neverland (Thank you Kelly!). Honestly I always against going to shows because I never thought they would be something I would enjoy but I am glad to say the opposite was true. It was brilliant! I really enjoyed it. Also, it was pretty cool seeing Matthew Morrison playing the lead role. I highly recommend going to see that play if you have the chance. But just a little pice of advice if you do go: it is an emotional rollercoaster. Be sure to bring some tissues!
Halloween in NYC
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5. Let me tell you something: Halloween in New York is absolutely crazy. I have never seen anything like it in my whole life, yes in my whole 20 years! We went to the Halloween Parade and we actually got to walk in it, which was really cool. There were thousands of people everywhere. Streets were blocked off; subways were free because the crowds could not be controlled; the bars were all way too packed; and trying to meet up with friends was impossible! It definitely something that I am glad to have experienced but I don’t think I could do it again!
I hope some of you have made it this far and that I didn’t bore you too much with this long post! I’m very sad to say that I only have a couple of weeks left here, literally only 2 weeks. The time is ticking by way too fast for my liking. But I will be back soon (hopefully next week) with a post about November, which involved many fun things.
Thank you for reading! 🙂
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Ali xx

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