I spent this past week in Montauk, New York, which was a totally different experience than the rest of New York. Montauk is on the coast at the tip of the peninsula, and it was all small town, beach vibes. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't the best while we were there but some highlights were the amazing seafood, horse back riding on the beach, and relaxing with friends at The Surf Lodge.
Near the end of our trip we also visited the city for a couple days (can't go to New York without stopping in NYC). We visited the 9/11 memorial, which was really, really awesome and definitely a highlight. One of my favorite parts was learning about The Survival Tree. It's a tree that was buried under the rubble in 9/11 and found completely burned except for one branch. That branch was replanted at the memorial site and has survived far longer than anyone expected. It's basically a miracle tree, so it has become a symbol of hope amidst suffering. The coolest part is, any time there is a tragedy in the world, like the recent attacks in London, they give some seeds or a branch from The Survival Tree to the country to pass on the heart of hope and perseverance. It's such a beautiful thing, and it really touched me!
I always love visiting New York, but there's nothing like home sweet home in LA -- glad to be back!