Me and PE readers in a NYC Meet-Up
The NYC meet-up went ahead as planned, and it was a lovely meet-up! A *BIG* thank you to everyone who turned up!
As opposed to the past meet-ups in London, this time we had a cosy gathering of 8 people, which enabled for more personal discussions. Despite it being arranged at the last minute (only 3 days before the meet-up), plus on New Year’s Eve to boot leaving most people unavailable, it was a very positive turnout! Our group was pretty diverse, with people from New Jersey, Washington DC, Spain – and even as far as from Hong Kong!! Below are some pictures I took for the day.
We met at Angelica’s Kitchen, a popular vegan restaurant in downtown Manhattan
Interior of the restaurant
Everyone settling down
Deep in discussion
Sandy and Camille – International exchange students from Hong Kong!
Dillon and Meredith, who took the bus from DC all the way to NYC (4+ hour ride!). Dearest Meredith provided me with a place to stay and was such a fantastic host to me while I was in DC in Nov. Thank you so much once again, Meredith!
Lina (from Spain), Jodi and Dan!
Me, Sandy and Camille
Recent PE reader Sandy was so sweet to get me a gift, and a very thoughtful one, at that! A bottle of maple syrup (see below), given that I’m vegan and don’t take honey. This maple syrup will come in very handy for my vegan recipes and as a condiment for my food. Thank you so much, dear Sandy! ♥♥
Pure Maple Syrup, premium product by Gould Farm, a non-profit organization for people with mental illnesses.
Dillon, Meredith and Me
Final group shot – Lena, Jodi, Dan and Me
All of us hung out for a couple of hours, had a great time getting to know each other better, before exchanging contacts and setting off for the evening for our individual countdowns to 2012.
Sandy and Camille headed to Times Square; Lena, Jodi and Dan headed for the church; Meredith and Dillon hung out around downtown Manhattan, while I went to Brooklyn for a friend’s house party, before finally counting down with my friends on the Brooklyn Bridge and getting to see some exciting fireworks.
View of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge, plus fireworks from the countdown (presumably at Times Square)
It’s now first Jan, 2012 (second Jan, in fact, as of the time of writing). Here’s to an *EXCITING* 2012 everyone! NYC has been an amazing city, but I guess it’s now time to move on to the next destination in my travels. Next up – Los Angeles! Hope to have a meet-up too while I’m there? See you guys soon!
Update Jan 15, ’12: I’ve since arrived at LA and conducted a Los Angeles Meet-up! Read: PE Los Angeles Meet-Up (Jan 14, 2012) – Pictures and Afterthought!