Brooklyn, NY! Feb. 19, 2017

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Hello all! I wasn’t originally going to post about this, but I thought it would be a good idea to because of the good photos I took.

I visited New York on Sunday to go to the Bed-Stuy area with my mom, dad, and twin brother, in order to visit my grandmother. It was a very interesting trip, really. We took the rental car so my dad wouldn’t ding up his brand new one, and hit the road on a 2.5 hour road trip!

On the way there, we made two stops. One to Dunkin’ Donuts, where I got some munchkins and a heart-shaped creme filled donut. They messed up my order on the munchkins, though, so I was left hungry with nothing but those soft squishy air balls that they call ‘glazed donut holes’. The second stop was to an average rest stop. I was going to get a stromboli, but I decided to save my appetite, in order to possibly get some good local food.

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After the long drive with me occupying myself with some reading, music, and proofreading one of my works, we arrived. This is the exact spot outside of the townhouse that my grandma lives here. I must admit, this photo was taken on the way out, rather than when we first arrived. Still, after we all walked in, we quickly settled down and got into our normal family conversation.

Here’s a panorama of the main area of the house. Pretty nice, if I may say so myself! I’ve been visiting here at least once or twice a year since I was born, so I know this area very well.

I used to hate coming here. I used to dread the long car rides, the lack of tv or internet, and some annoying relatives, to say the least. I’d groan when I heard it was visiting grandma, and would try to pull tricks to get me to stay home. But now, it’s an accepted necessity, and I even surprised myself with how patient I was this time around. We spent the time talking and catching up, and although it wasn’t much, I actually enjoyed myself.

This video pretty much sums up how the entire visit went. My sweet old grandmother and my family and I, and we all caught up and had a good time. We talked about how much we’ve grown, what we’ve accomplished, general small talk, and as you can see, I told her about my book, The Month Of June.

(A panorama of the bedroom)

It went on like that for a few hours. I took a nice 3-hour nap at around midday, and I also talked to my severely autistic cousin, junior. It really shows how much I’ve matured. I remember many times when I was younger, running around and finding any way I could to entertain myself with my brothers, trying to ignore all family contact. It sort of makes me feel like one of the adults now, being able to sit down calmly and have simple conversations.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do nearly as much as I wanted to. I wanted to take some time to see the Statue of Liberty, Wall St., and possibly the World Trade center. Additionally, the trip ended on a slightly sour note, since before we got out of the city we had a little fender bender that kept us stuck there for another 2 hours or so. But it was still a really good experience, and on the way home I went to a rest stop and tried a Nathan’s hot dog for the first time. The next time I visit, I’ll be sure to do and see much more, and blog about the whole experience right here!

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