NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The city so good that they named it twice…

Well, it’s been named three times actually (Manhattan, New Amsterdam, New York) but let’s not get into technicalities. Never have I laughed so hard and smiled so much than during the four nights and five days I spent in New York city. The fog and mist may have dampened the air but it could not dampen our spirits. It was a trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. I was in awe of the beauty of the city and its people, which felt so familiar from movies and television despite this being my first time in the Big Apple. My hotel, The Roosevelt, was situated in the heart of Midtown, just off Madison Ave, and was a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the magnificent Grand Central Station, 5th Ave (every shopaholics dream), the Empire State Building and Times Square. I was able to explore and soak in all the city had to offer on The Big Bus tours and witness some of the cities most iconic pieces of architecture (my personal favourite being the art-deco Chrysler building) and well-known hotspots. I would also highly recommend the Radio City Music Hall tour to anyone heading to Manhattan, as it offer a true back-stage insight into one the world’s most iconic venues and gives you a chance to explore the beautiful interior and décor dating back to the 1930s. However, it was the opportunity to see history in the making which made the trip extra special. As if arriving on inauguration day wasn’t enough, to be in the city for the Women’s March was an inspiring and moving experience. It was humbling to be a part of the 300,000-people walking in New York that day and the 2.9 million people walking across America in the country’s biggest march in its history. The march and its message is definitively close to my heart as a young woman in the 21st century and as an advocate for peace and equality for all. It was incredible to see so many standing up for what is right and it is an experience that will remain with me for the rest of my life. This trip certainly gave me a taste for all Manhattan had to offer and left me hungry for more. I am beyond excited to return to this magical city in 7 months’ time to explore the city further and create more memories that will last a lifetime.

Empire State Building

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The Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock

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Radio City Music Hall
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The Chrysler Building

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Grand Central Station

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Trump Tower and the Women’s March

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The Flat Iron Building

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Central Park

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New York Public Library

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Shopping

Victoria’s Secret

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Tiffany’s

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Places to Eat

Carmine’s – Italian

Carmine’s has an incredible, buzzing atmosphere and is exactly the type of restaurant you expect to find in the Big Apple; serving hearty Italian cuisine in gigantic sharing platters.

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Junior’s

Junior’s is known in the local area for its famous mouth-watering New York cheesecake, which apparently is a favourite of Oprah Winfrey!img_7512

PURPLE REIGN

And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. – Hilary Clinton

There she stood; the woman who to many was a symbol of hope, the woman who to many deserved to be the first female president of the world’s leading superpower, the woman who was meant to break the glass ceiling once and for all.

Many are disheartened by Hilary Clinton’s defeat by the Republican’s misogynistic and racist candidate, Donald Trump. But Hilary, in her concession speech, reminded the world yesterday that we must not lose hope, we must fight on united and stronger than ever. I believe that many young women like myself will find hope in her conscious decision to show the world that she’s not done fighting for women’s rights, evident not only in her inspiring words but through the colours she chose to wear. There she stood this beaming beacon of hope in a Ralph Lauren pantsuit with a bright purple lapels partnered with a silk purple blouse. Her husband, Bill Clinton, also coordinated with his wife wearing a vibrant purple tie. The Clinton’s choice to wear purple was no coincidence. Firstly, if you combine the colours red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats) you get purple. Here, Hilary can be seen as promoting a sense of unity among the American people. Secondly, the colour purple was used by the global suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th century as a symbol of dignity. In this Hilary is sending a message to all women, across the globe, not just American women by using this symbol of the universal suffrage movement.

What Hilary went through yesterday is what women across the world experience daily. Everyday highly qualified women and members of other minority groups lose out to educated males in employment and the likes. And if they are successful they are often seen merely as a tick in the box of diversity, a necessity to meet a diversity quota.

In this time of uncertainty, we must not let fear consume us. We must remember how much we have achieved as women and what other minorities have also achieved. We must be ready to face the challenges ahead. We must remember that love trumps hate. Hilary and the efforts of women and public figures of other minority groups have made a crack in the glass ceiling. They have given us the tools to break it and when we do let’s make sure it shatters.