Smash in the Northeast 1/3: New Jersey

On the first weekend of this month, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the east coast for the first time!

I had signed up for an international Super Smash Bros tournament (and if you’ve been following for a while, this isn’t new haha) in New Jersey, but having flown into Newark I also took advantage of exploring New York for my first time as well. In this post, I’ll be writing up about the tournament, as well as the places I checked out within a mere three days.

New Jersey

Day one always takes a huge toll on me. I always end up taking a red-eye if the flight is long enough, this case definitely so being a nonstop flight from San Diego so almost 6 hours. Sleep on the plane is always iffy so I never leave completely rested, but I surprisingly got better rest than most of my other red-eyes. The key to the best rest you can possibly get includes the following: a neck pillow, ear muffs/plugs, and an eye mask. The entire set may cost quite a bit, but it is definitely worthwhile, especially in the long run if you travel often.

No matter how sleep deprived I am however, the sheer fact that I’m in a foreign land for the first time gives me the second wind I need to keep going. And this trip definitely did not disappoint!

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Smash in the Northeast 2/3: New York

On the first weekend of this month, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the east coast for the first time!

I had signed up for an international Super Smash Bros tournament (and if you’ve been following for a while, this isn’t new haha) in New Jersey, but having flown into Newark I also took advantage of exploring New York for my first time as well. In this post, I’ll be writing up about the tournament, as well as the places I checked out within a mere three days.

New York

What makes New York so special? The “Big Apple” brings in so many people from across world… why? From Broadway to Wall Street to the Metropolitan, there’s so many things to do, places to see, cultures to explore, for anyone and everyone. Everything is within walking distance, and the energy within New York City is so alive!

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San Jose 2/3: The Tech Museum of Innovation

This past weekend in mid-January I was fortunate enough to have visited San Jose for the first time!

My time here was rather limited since I was here for a big Smash event (in an upcoming post), but whenever I’m visiting somewhere new I always make it a priority to explore the city and its renowned galleries and museums as much possible. Over here, I decided to check out the Museum of Art and the Tech Museum of Innovation. I’ll be talking about the latter here.

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San Jose 1/3: The Museum of Art

This past weekend in mid-January I was fortunate enough to have visited San Jose for the first time!

My time here was rather limited since I was here for a big Smash event (in an upcoming post), but whenever I’m visiting somewhere new I always make it a priority to explore the city and its renowned galleries and museums as much possible. Over here, I decided to check out the Museum of Art and the Tech Museum of Innovation. I’ll be talking about the former here.

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Soloing Through Thanksgiving: Amtrak Train Ride Across the United States! (3/3)

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Day 3.5-5: The Amtrak Ride (below)

To see what this post and series is all about, click above!

Day 3, Friday

Friday was my last day in the city of Chicago. Waking up rather early around 7am, I was packing up my things ready to check out from my AirBnb room. Packing up only meant putting my chargers and toiletries back in my bag since I was traveling light, but regards I finally head out of the house around 8am.

Stepping outside, the weather was horrific! Pouring absolutely everywhere, and there were times when I’d had to bring down my umbrella to block the cars driving through giant puddles. Fortunately it was only about a five to ten minute walk to the rail stop, but even during and after the ride, the rain just kept pouring.

I decided to check out the Field Museum, opening earlier than the rest of the tourist attractions, but also since I had wanted to the day before. I also wasn’t particularly fond of natural history museums (as opposed to like the aquarium or perhaps an art museum), but knowing that this was one of most renowned history museums in the whole world, I decided to broaden my horizons for a day. Nature was making me doubt my decision for a moment, as winds paired with the rain became so strong that I had to hold my umbrella with both my hands, and for a split second the wind literally swept me off my feet! I scuffled my way through the weather for a solid ten minute walk from the rail stop to the museum, and thank goodness the doors were open when I got there just several minutes before their official opening time of 9am.

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Soloing Through Thanksgiving: Turkey in Chicago (2/3)

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(To see what this post is all about, check out Day 1 above!)

Day 2, Thanksgiving Day

It’s Thanksgiving Day! I wake up at around 8am, getting a full eight hours of sleep. My legs are feeling SO much better. Today’s gonna be great!

Except that I chose Chicago primarily for their parade, it takes about half an hour to get there, and it starts at 8am! SHOOT.

I ran out of the house ASAP and caught the upcoming train ride, ended up near the end of the parade route. It’s 9am and turns out that nothing has reached there yet, confirmed after asking someone nearby. At the same time I snagged myself a decent spot; I’m right in the front of a corner of a block. It’s almost as if I arrived just in time!

I hadn’t really grown up seeing many parades, so this event was especially stimulating. The cultural diversity, the enormity of the floats, the sheer happiness and joy among the holidays, the closeness of family and friends – the vibes all around are simply amazing. The weather was rather nice as well, being rather cloudy with barely any rains, except that when it rained, it poured in basically two-minute intervals. This is definitely an event worth checking out at least once in your lifetime!

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