I’m not dead, I just have no Internet

Ok so my Internet on campus is not working with my computer anymore. Why? That’s what I really would like to know. I’ve done a lot the past couple weeks, so I don’t want to have to type it all out from my phone. Also I want to upload pictures. This requires me to have access to Internet via el computero (Spanish is not my thing), which I can’t seem to get to work.

Hopefully soon I will be able to have working wifi and post some more updates. There is just so much to keep up with here though. I definitely have started to understand why everyone is so uptight and stressed here. I’m feeling it too (maybe because I don’t have any freaking Internet when I am paying $2476151883 for dorming).

Here’s some photos from my phone instead:

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The Big Apple (So Far)

Well, more like Queens so far. I haven’t really had time to explore much of New York, let alone Queens. I moved in and have just been trying to get everything ready for my room and school, as well as trying to make friends. Luckily, I have met a lot of friendly people here despite the NY stereotype. Finally I have everything I need for my room. Well…. I think I do…

Wednesday I had my first day of classes, which included TV Directing and Screenwriting. Both classes are going to be a lot of projects and extra time outside class, but I look forward to what I will be doing for all of the projects. My screenwriting professor is probably the most intimidating person I have had so far, mainly because he is actually a professional screenwriter and has written screenplays for feature films, like Vigilante. How awesome is that?! Hopefully, I will be able to produce some good work this semester, and impress him (as much as a student can).

My roommates and I all get along quite well. We are all very unique, but we do mesh well as roommates with the qualities we each share. I’m on a very different schedule than most of them (I have 3 other roommates), so I won’t see them much on weekdays probably.

Today I’m going to check out Coney Island with some NSE kids, and hopefully more of the city tomorrow with my roomies. Last night I was able to skate around a bit at sunset and tried to get some photos of the area:
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I have a lovely view of the NY skyline (it’s way better in person).
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Soon enough, I will post photos of the school and my room. I just don’t want to be known as ‘that kid who clearly sticks out as not from around here’ yet.

Also, I do miss all my friends and family back home quite a bit. But, I am excited about all the adventures I will have, and if I make friends along the way, so be it, but I definitely have a lot of love from friends back home, which is all I really need.

Flying

So whoever said taking off and landing is the worst part of a flight is a big, fat liar. After boarding the plane, we moved around a lot on the track to set up for flight. The sun was rising out of the fog, creating a gorgeous landscape, but all I could focus on was the fact that I needed to pee. I figured once you were on the plane they would let you pee if they were taking off, but no. Of course not. While battling the mental struggle of trying to ignore the feeling, the plane started to take off. Oh man, was that cool. We were going so fast that streaks of water due to mist were running sideways along the windows.

Soon enough we passed into the clouds and glided above the sea of white fluff and comfort. I don’t think I have ever seen the clouds look so beautiful. It was such an amazing sight and in that moment I realized how much I have missed out on in life so far. Luckily I am still fairly young (even though it doesn’t feel like it) and I know I have plenty of time to witness such incredible events, like soaring above the clouds.

Overall, I was so tired on the flight, I was in and out of sleep for most of it. Although I did enjoy the free tv and snacks (I actually got chips and could have gotten soda, but I wanted water).

Now, I am all checked into my room and have explored the campus a little bit. It’s not too large, which I really like. My dorm room is smaller than what I had last year, but it’ll do since I don’t have as much stuff. I still need to go to target and get tons of supplies that I didn’t have room to take with me.

It’s too humid to do anything. I just can’t wait until I can go check out the beaches here and touch the Atlantic Ocean.

So Begins The Journey To New York

So it’s 6:20am and I have been up since 3:30 this morning. Why would anyone do that? Well I honestly don’t know why any sane person would be up that early if they didn’t have anything to do, but I got up at that ungodly hour so I can fly to New York today. 20 years of my life have gone by, and finally for the first time, I am taking a flight. I’ve never been against flying or anything; I just have never had an opportunity to fly. Since I will be attending Queens College in the fall, I decided flying was my best option.

(Side note: it just got extremely light outside out of nowhere.)

Normally I go to school in Monterey, CA, but this year I am a part of the national student exchange program, so I am able to study at another school! I have always wanted to visit New York since I am a film major, and I figured nothing would be better than getting to spend a year there without all the expensive costs of out of state tuition.

Well, I guess we are boarding, so that will cut this short. More updates on how I deal with flying once I land and get settled in New York.

FINALLY (I know)

So I FINALLY (holy crap am I slow) uploaded all the road trip photos to flickr. This is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrimshawism/sets/72157634978110092/
so if you want to look at them all (there are a lot), you can.

And here is the link to my lovely train ride to and from Illinois, and all the views I happened to see along the way:
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Sorry it took me so long to post this on my blog Grandpa!

Trains

I’ve been on the train for about 50 hours now. I’m almost to my destination after about 2 and a half hours worth of delays. Then from there (Ottumwa, Iowa), Carolyn will be picking me up and we will drive another 2 hours or so to Ames. This has definitely been an experience.

For those of you who haven’t taken Amtrak trains, they are very nice. They have food, which will cost you 5 times the price it should, an observation car to look out of and sit at tables, and surprising amount of room for each seat. I’ve met a lot of very kind and interesting people. Some people were (and still are) quiet, but since we’ve been on the train together, I feel like we’ve formed a special bond. It’s almost sad to see people who you have been riding with for more than 24 hours get off, even though you don’t know their name. And then you get new people on board who become outsiders to this weird clique you have. It’s funny how fast people form groups when quarantined (more or less).

My group (or really just the people who I’ve met) includes an art student coming back from studying abroad in Australia, a young man moving to ny, some hilarious middle aged man who has travelled everywhere, an elderly photographer who shared some tips on 4/5 photography, many more people who travel and hike a lot and have shared lovely stories, and the sweetest little lady originally from Guatemala who sat/slept next to me. She was coming back from a 2 week sculpting class. We talked about all kinds of things, from her life and mine. When she left this morning, she put an orange on my stuff (I was in the observation car), because I got an apple yesterday that sucked, so she told me that I could have her orange. It was just a funny little gesture that I will always remember.

Downsides to trains: sleeping in the most uncomfortable ways, people who annoy you but you can’t escape from, no wifi, and trying to avoid getting stir crazy. It helped that I had books and could take photos and video, but at times it was still very boring and I just wanted to walk around outside.

Well I have no choice but to ride it home, but even still I’d ride the train again. Just probably not this long again. And if I do, it won’t be for a very long time.

A couple of terrible iPhone photos:

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More People

Ok so more people have joined my train and there are tons of spots open, but they had to sit behind me. He already is putting his hand on the top on my seat and I’m just hoping they move soon. Id rather have the space behind me free so I can lean back and not worry. Oh and the lady has a dog, which I love dogs, but I can smell it. Public transport ftw

Next Adventure

So I know I have yet to finish my more “detailed” (ish) blog posts from my road trip, but I’m onto my next adventure which I will do my best to keep updated. Most of the photos from my last trip have been uploaded to my Flickr. I’m missing the last couple days but I don’t have wifi to post them.

Currently I am on the California zephyr train headed to Ottumwa, Iowa where I will be meeting my very good friend Carolyn. She’s a super cool cat so I’m highly pumped to see her. It will be a 47 hour train ride and holy crap I’m going to be on this train for two days. Well I was very excited about this train ride, but now I’m a little worried that I’m going to go stir crazy. Weirdly enough, I’m in a car and no one else is sitting in it with me, which concerns me greatly. What is wrong with it? Or is everyone else just happier being packed all in one car. Oh well, I’m able to have a window seat and that’s really what I wanted. Maybe more will join me here later.

The train follows the same route I drove to Colorado, so it’ll be a bit repetitive for me to see. Although this time I will actually be able to really see things since I don’t have to focus on trying to drive.

I’m sure I’ll get bored and you’ll be able to see the digression of my sanity.