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The Best Day Ever
December 9, 2010, 1:24 am
Filed under: Plain Mary Jane, USA

Dear friends,

Some days are just so perfect that you have to write about them. I know that I haven’t been doing the best job keeping up on this blog; every time I come home I just get so caught up in life that all of my good intentions to write on here are usually thwarted. But today was such a great day that I felt the urge to write about it. So here I write.

I am currently in New York- I came up here for a few days with my parents. My Dad had business meetings and invited me to come, and I jumped at the opportunity to relive the life here a little bit and see a lot of friends. Being back in New York has been amazing. And today is just a small snippet of what I’ve done, but I decided to share just today.

I slept soundly for the first time in a few weeks (it takes awhile to REALLY get over the jet lag) and woke up feeling generally refreshed at about 10 AM. I ate a huge brunch in the hotel we’re staying at, and then jumped into a cab to go visit Acumen Fund, one of my most favorite organizations in the world. Having worked there for a few months, I was really excited to catch up with some of the employees and hear how they’re doing, and it was really fantastic to see everyone again. Once you’re part of the community, being at Acumen Fund is a little bit like being with family, and it was truly wonderful to head back into their office like the good old days. I’m really hoping that in the long future, I get an MBA at NYU, and I’m not going to say that Acumen Fund being in the general vicinity doesn’t influence this desire just a little bit.

After leaving Acumen Fund with five gifts of “The Blue Sweater” books under my arm (speaking of which, any of you world changers hankering to learn more about Acumen Fund? “The Blue Sweater” is the reason why I fell in love with the organization in the first place!), I headed across the street and walked through the Chelsea Market, one of my favorite places in the city, and then went to B&H Photography, the best multimedia store in the universe. I needed to get my UV filter replaced on my camera, and it was more than a little intoxicating walking through the store and eyeing all of the lenses and SLRs on display. A sweet Jewish SLR expert gave me a new UV filter and suggested a photography repair shop across the street to repair my new one. When I arrived at the repair shop, a warm and friendly woman in a Christmas sweater repaired my camera for free, while telling me about how life is about being nice to strangers.

On an elated high, I then made my way to the Rubin Museum, my favorite museum in New York that features Tibetan paintings and sculptures. After a plate of Tibetan momos, sweet chai, and a perusal through the New York Times, I wandered into the gift shop for a few select Christmas presents, where I struck up a conversation with a Tibetan lady (yes, in Tibetan). She was extremely pleased I had spent so much time in Dharamsala, and gave me a beautiful Tibetan mug.

Back at the hotel, I met up with my parents for tea, and then took off to the Lower East side for a drink with a friend and fellow Acumen Fund lover, Adam. I regaled him with my stories as a Kiva fellow, and he told me about his amazing venture Tagai, a mentorship program for recently immigrated high school students. Afterwards, I walked over to the Catchafire office to meet two of my good friends Emily and Sam. I knew Sam when I was in Thailand from the CRC program, and to be able to see him in New York and hang out with his awesome girlfriend Emily was really significant for me, since I barely get to see my friends I’ve met abroad. We went out to a Peruvian restaurant and chilled over a pitcher of Sangria and a long feast of chicken and seafood.

Finally, I ended the night in Brooklyn, celebrating Sarah’s 22nd birthday, my friend who lived in the same dorm as me when I was in New York. Being back there and on such a momentous occasion was really the icing on the cake to such a wonderful day. I took a cab back to Manhattan and ended up chatting with the cab driver the entire way back, who’s Ghanaian. I sang him a few Ghanaian songs I knew, and he told me all about how he came to the US.

You may think that this post doesn’t have a lot of rhyme or reason being on a website about my travels, but it really does. I am shaped by what I have seen and experienced, and it follows me wherever I go; whether by seeing great friends I’ve met while traveling, by being able to break cultural barriers with lovely strangers, and by the way I see myself react and respond to people today. One thing I’ve really learned through traveling is that if you put your love and happiness out there in the universe, happiness and love will come back to you in droves.

Everything about this day was incredibly lovely and lucky, and it also makes me feel happy because this exact day last year I found out some really devastating news that made this last year hard for me in a lot of ways. I feel that this beautiful day was healing in a way, and a premonition for the next year to come: full of love, friendship, and more travels and adventures.

I love my life, my friends, my family, my travels. I am the luckiest person in the world.

Much love,


4 Comments so far
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I love this so much. Hearing about your travels, hearing about your happiness…wonderful!

Comment by Lili

thanks lili gu. Come visit me. Miss you!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

Great to meet you yesterday, Brittany. Best of luck on your Peace Corps mission and stay in touch with Acumen!

Comment by Taylor

haha, hey Taylor, you must be the one that checks the google alerts now for Acumen Fund. Every time I write a post about something Acumen Fund related someone always writes me! Anyway, it was great to meet you too, and I hope you have a great experience with AF. You’ll definitely see me around 🙂

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

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