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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

After a more than stressful week, I was not only able to unwind but travel to my one and only true life: New York City. A long 9 hour, bumpy bus ride later I arrived with my buffalove friend where we would stay downtown in the financial district. Other than my pure love for the city, I had a reason for being there. Stay tuned for my next post. 

My first night we went to one of our favorites, Le Souk, for a fun social yet chill night. It's a hookah lounge with lots of dancing across from Washington Park. You can find a bunch of cool clubs, bars, and late night pizza joints along with a bunch of college students, especially those from NYU- yes please! 

That night I felt a pang of sadness and regret for not badgering my parents more to let me attend University in the city because it felt too good to be there. It was much livelier than any day in Buffalo. The streets were lit up, people were crowding the streets, cabs were running by, and the atmosphere was perfect.

That night I realized I'd never let my parents make a decision or prevent me from doing what I want anymore.

Regardless, the night was very fun! If you're in the area, check it out! 

Stay tuned for my next post!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend, I know I did! Classes began last week and then we had a long weekend and guess where I decided to go?! That's right, New York! It was a rather spontaneous trip and we know how much I live for that. Typically, I don't just leave on the weekend while I'm at school but it was necessary. So Friday, three other girls and I roadtripped from Buffalove to NYC. Seven hours of bumping to EDM, excitement, and attempts at studying lead us to Astoria in Queens, the location of where I'd be staying for the next few nights. 

I found myself in a very small, cozy apartment that was maybe the size of two bedrooms but I didn't expect anything more in the crowded city. Friday night was spent at a restaurant/ bar until 3 am chatting with friends and relaxing. 

Saturday we found ourselves running around the streets on the Upper East Side, Midtown, and Times Square. One of my favorite things to do in the city is to... EAT! I'm such a foodie. I felt guilty after eating so much but the amount of walking we did balanced it out (not really). Our first stop was Sprinkles Cupcakes with the Cupcake ATM machine! I got my favorite Banana Dark Chocolate!

Next, we had lunch at an Asian restaurant. Normally, I have great experiences in New York City at restaurants but this was not one of them. I ordered Pad Thai and I had maybe two bites before I felt sick. It looked appetizing though!

Now for my absolute favorite, we had to make a pitstop at Macaron Cafe! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

So remember how I made that list of things I'd do in Buffalo?! Well, I started to explore but I came across things I didn't have on my list. 

First, I went to an amazing creperie called Break N Eggs. Doesn't it look delicious?
Definitely going back for more.
Down the road from the creperie is a cute hidden gem. It's called Glens Park. It's such a nice park to stroll through. It's got some streams and this pretty waterfall!
I was off to the Polish Fest but that was a bust. So a spontaneous decision led us to Pearl Street Grille and Brewery. It was probably the best decision, yet! Definitely a place I'd recommend.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

As you may know. I'm from Pakistan. There's a little thing that almost every Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, or Middle Eastern young adult refers to as " desi problems" or "brown problems." It's an equivalent to "white girl problems" that you'll find on twitter. 

As a Pakistani girl growing up in America, it's been a difficult journey. My parents are pretty old world and follow different standards. As a child, I was pretty sheltered which led to many different issues in my life. 

My biggest problem is growing up my parents planned my life out... I was going to be either a doctor, lawyer, or engineer at a SUNY school, get married at 25, and  live the normal or average life in a regular home, have children. There wasn't anything beyond this description. Other careers? Of course not! A gap year? Nope. Finding your own interests? Nah. Traveling? No. 

Eventually, I had enough. But it was too late.
The best derision I made: going away to school. Where I went wrong: not going to the school I wanted to. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Being a student at the University at Buffalo means spending plenty of time in the city of Buffalo.
I'm not sure if you know this but Buffalo is just another suburb in New York that happens to be the second largest city in this state. I'm not particularly fond of my location but due to the outrageous cost of private schools, my sensible self ends up at a SUNY. I know better than to mope( not really) and waste three years of my life unhappy because of where I go to school. I mean, I know it's not beautiful like Paris, it's not the party island of Ibiza, and there's no dapper British lads to swoon you but I'll have to make do.

I've made a bucket list, if you will, of things I'd like to see in Buffalo.

1. The Gorge at Niagara Falls Discovery Park.

2. Buffaloes... Just Kidding.

3. Eternal Flames

4. Buffalo Zoo

5. Albright Knox Art Gallery

6. Anchor Bar, Brickhouse, and Duffs.

Making the most of things is my new motto. You only have such little time, appreciate everything you get. 

1, 2, 3.... Go! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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