NYC was awesome. 

Back in 2015, the first thing I saw of New York City was Penn Station. I have to say, I really don’t liked Penn Station. It was dark, it was ugly and it was dirty. 

When I came to Times Square for the first time, my mind changed. I felt like a part of the city. The lights made me feel small and accomplished at the same time. I just love the vibe of a big city. And New York has it’s very own magic. Anything can happen in the city that never sleeps. 
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My favourite cities (that I’ve been to) worldwide. 

I really love secluded lakes and tend to enjoy the countryside quite a lot. 

But sometimes I just need the hustle of the big city. 

Here are my favourite cities worldwide (in no particular order):

Berlin, Germany 

Some people love it, some hate it. I do both. I really love Germany’s capital city because it’s full of live and there’s always something happening. It also has a rich history and a lot of culture to offer. 

But there’s also a lot of filth in the city, from desolate buildings in the east to prostitution in the west and heavy riots every year at May 1 (Tag der Arbeit). 

Hamburg, Germany 

Hamburg really is a beautiful city. It’s definitely one of my favourite. Hamburg is Europes city with the highest number of bridges, having even more than Amsterdam and Venice, counting at over 2300. I really love the vibe of this city. Even though (or maybe because of) I’ve never visited the Reeperbahn district. 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Amsterdam is a culturally rich city and the capital of the Netherlands (even though the government sits in Den Haag). There are plenty of canals and the cities centre is even called the ‘seventeenth century canal ring’. There are plenty of little pubs and plenty of museums at Museumsplein (like the Rijksmuseum). The Amsterdam sign is in front of that museum. The Anne Frank House is also located right in the canal ring, at Prinsengraacht. 

Utrecht, The Netherlands 

Utrecht is a very beautiful city and I enjoyed it a lot. You can also enjoy some authentic Roti right next to the Domkerk. 

New York City, NY, USA

New York City is the largest city I’ve ever been to. And I absolutely loved it. Even though it experienced quite a few blows in the last two decades, it had rebuilt it self quite well, and it’s standing strong. 

And I really loved Central Park. 

Vancouver, BC, Canada 

I really love Vancouver. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And if you’ve got enough and need a break, just visit Stanley Park or take a ferry over to Vancouver Island. Or just drive up to Whistler for a weekend?

Also visit the Granville Island Public Market. 

Victoria, BC, Canada 

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and the biggest city on Vancouver Island. I really liked it there. 

You can go whale watching from there and it’s harbour is also an airport. 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

I’ve been to Toronto for the first time in April 2014, and for the last time in April 2015. Toronto currently is my world favourite when it comes to cities. I also love the Filmfestival (TIFF, Toronto International Filmfestival), and I volunteered in the 2014 edition. 

You should definitely visit the Toronto Islands, High Park, the AGO and ROM, the hockey hall of fame, CN Tower, Kensington Market, the U of T campus and St. Lawrence Market. 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

I came to Montreal pretty much through accident. But I never regretted it. Even though some people aren’t to good with English speakers, I encountered some of those, I really liked it a lot. Montreal has a very nice old city centre and a beautiful Island park (former Olympic Park (1976)) to offer. The mountain that gives this city it’s name (Mont Royal) is also worth a hike. 

Åmål, Dalsland, Sweden 

Åmål is a very small, very beautiful city at the lake Vänern in Sweden. 

Cologne, Germany 

Cologne isn’t really my favourite city. But it definitely has its good sides. You can definitely have a great time here. 

Karlstad, Värmland, Sweden

I really enjoyed Karlstad quite a few times. I really want to go back to this city and the country of Sweden. Maybe I’ll go there next summer. 

Cities that didn’t make the list:

  • Cassel, Germany
  • Bremen, Germany 
  • Hanover, Germany 
  • Göttingen, Germany 
  • Malmö, Sweden (since I haven’t been there a lot)
  • Arvika, Sweden 
  • Gospić, Lika-Senj, Croatia 

What’s your favourite city? Tell me in the comments down below. 

What I did in New York City. 

(April 9-12, 2015)

When I first traveled to New York City from Vancouver, Canada, I flew into Newark via Toronto. 

I head to make three different hostel reservations for three different nights at the same hostel, because one room was available on the first and last, but not on the second. So I had to re check in every night. But that was no problem.

The first thing I found out: the US have a one dollar coin. The second: New Yorkers are friendlier than I thought. 

The first thing I used my NY Pass on, was Madam Tussauds wax cabinet. That was also all I did on the first day. 

On the second day I took a bus trip (grey line) and visited several attractions. First I visited Central Park, then I went up to the top of the rock (at Rockefeller Centre), took a guided tour of the area and visited Radio City Music Hall. 

I then checked into the hostel again. 

I had planned to visit the Intrepid Museum, but it had already just closed its doors as I arrived. Luckily I met some quite nice people and took a harbour lights tour with them (they never sent me the pictures they promised, probably a typo on my email address). 

I also visited the Empire State Building that evening, but my camera battery had died. 

The next day I finally came to visit the Intrepid the next morning. 

I then decided to visit the 9/11 Tribute Centre and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The electrified atmosphere there gave me quite the shivers, and I got a little head mad at all the selfie taking people there. 

I then took the subway back to Times Square to take a nightly sightseeing bus trip. 

I had a five guys burger with fries that evening. And it was a great burger. 

The next morning I took the megabus back to Toronto, Canada to finish of my year abroad and to make ends meet. I closed my bank account and quit my phone contract and left the Americas for good on the 16th April 2016. For now.