When I travel, getting to know where other adventurers are from is a must for me. No matter how big or small their city home is, I find it fascinating to at least picture the environment the traveler grew up in.
Me? Funny enough, whenever asked, I never take the generic route and say the United States; it's either "Brooklyn" or "New York City". This city is an adventure in itself. But, after traveling for sometime and graduating from university out of state, I feel (don't laugh) as though I have become a visitor to my very own borough- yet still, I am well acquainted. Odd, but true. In spite of that, I decided to visit a couple of settings for fun.
So the other day, while catching up on life, my friend and I took a mini-field trip to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island; it reminded the both of us how much of a kid we can be at heart (the Cyclone is close by, but we decided to save that for another day). We first saw a free Seal and Sea Lion show, then later had a guide inform us on some interesting information about clown fishes and their way of parenting.
The next day, I ventured on a walking trip around the prospect heights area (this is one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn). I spent some time in the Central Library (and yes, it was the kids section...what can I say) and took a walk around prospect park and the Grand Army Plaza area.
Later that week, a couple of friends and I checked out Brooklyn Bridge Park. The vibe is energetic, the piers are good fun and the view is pretty neat.
Taking a walk around prospect park, spending time in the Central Library, playing a sport on a pier in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or simply admiring the Prospect Heights area are all simple ways of making the most out of a borough, whether you are new or old to the environment. I tend to take these ventures at least once a week, if I have the time. Being that I am a Brooklynite, I figured it best for me to begin with my borough.
Nonetheless, there is plenty more outside of Brooklyn and I'll be delving into that very soon!