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This past week found me hopping between the two cities I call home in New York state — Albany and New York City. Both call me back in different ways and for different reasons. One thing I know for sure? It is great to have almost three weeks in which I’ve been able to bounce between them! New York City was wonderful but bordered on overwhelming, with a friend date (and sometimes two) every single day of the week. I played at Fort Tilden beach with my Equilibrio crew, I headed to the hospital to meet a dear friend’s new baby, I had dinner dates in Manhattan with two of my closest friends from high school, I had dinner dates in Brooklyn with a whole crew from college, I had drinks with an old friend from Koh Tao, I brunched with a new friend from a travel conference, and I itinerary-planned with my bestie for our upcoming jaunt to the Grand Canyon. Phew! Somewhere in between all that, I managed to squeeze in a full work week of blog projects. It was amazing to see everyone, yet yesterday, it also felt pretty great to arrive back in Albany and catch up with some quality time with no one but my favorite dog.

This upcoming weekend I’ll be dusting off my passport to head to not one but two new (well, new to me anyway!) Caribbean islands, Bonaire and Aruba. I haven’t been on a proper dive trip in ages and I couldn’t be more excited to blow bubbles with two of my favorite fellow bloggers and . But there’s a lot of work to do before departure, and so this week I’ll be in lockdown while I prepare for takeoff. Fingers crossed for a productive week!

Photo A

Fort Tilden BeachPlaying on Fort Tilden Beach

Photo B

Yoga at Fort TildenYoga on the sand

Photo C

Restoration by Future ClearFire twirling by sunset

Photo D

Rusty Anchor AlbanyBack in Albany again

Which photo is your favorite?

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44 Comments...
  • Kelly
    July 20 2015

    I really love Photos A, B, and C–they all have such a fun community kind of vibe. But, I think my vote is on Photo C for the win!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      That whole day had a great sense of community about it, love that it comes through in the photos 🙂

  • Janice Stringer
    July 20 2015

    It’s Photo D for me Meihoukai – reading your New York itinerary exhausted me so much I needed a drink!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Ha, I know, right? So I’m sure you can understand why I’m enjoying some quiet time in Albany 🙂

  • Marni
    July 20 2015

    Photo A! All of the colors and contrasts are just too beautiful to pass up. Also – I have friends who just recently returned from honeymooning in Aruba and they LOVED it there.

    • julie
      July 20 2015

      it’s A for me as well =)

    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      I’m literally squealing with excitement Marni! Can’t wait to be back on an island 🙂

  • Justine
    July 20 2015

    They’re all beautiful shots, but something about photo D made me happy. There is always something special about returning to the places we love the most. So cheers to that 🙂 Have a great week!
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  • Chintan
    July 20 2015

    Photo C and D. pictures are so super cool, do you know Meihoukai sometimes i forget that are you a professional blogger or photographer? it is difficult to differentiate because you do both things so good. keep up the good work my friend!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Thank you Chintan. That is so sweet to say 🙂

  • Steve
    July 20 2015

    I am going for B. Been attempting yoga myself though not very flexible. I’ve been enjoying your blog for sometime Meihoukai. It’s about time I got back to mine.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      I’ve very flexible but struggle with balance and can always work on strength. Yoga is for everyone! 🙂

  • Rick
    July 20 2015

    The Albany photo looks like Aruba 🙂

    You’ve gotta good eye and uncanny ability to make almost anything look great.

    Now lets see a shot from Aruba look like Albany!

    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Watch this space in two weeks… we’ll see what I can do 🙂

  • Hayley Simpson
    July 20 2015

    I am going for Photo A – it’s just fun!
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  • Erika
    July 20 2015

    I love D! It looks so relaxing.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Having a hectic day, and you’re right — I wish I could transport myself there right now!

  • Gemma Two Scots Abroad
    July 20 2015

    Oh loving the dusk shots so it’s a toss between A and C.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Those are my faves too. Love taking silhouette shots.

  • Camille
    July 21 2015

    I’m torn between A and C. Your Equilibrio friends look like a fun crew! Also, yes to Heart my Backpack – I love Silvia’s writing.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Isn’t she great? I tip my hat to her when it comes to true adventuring!

  • Maria from Nerd Nomads
    July 21 2015

    Ah, I love Yoga! So my favorite photo is B. 🙂 This looks like the perfect place to do yoga, right on the beach.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Check my instagram for another really cool yoga shot from that day! We attracted some stares but it was well worth it 🙂

  • Lisa
    July 21 2015

    Photo A and C for me! I have always been a sucker for dusk pictures, so there’s that, and these just give off a great feeling. Especially photo C, the contrast and colors are just wonderful.

    I love the featured blogger program by the way! Such a great way to both help out fellow bloggers and give your readers the opportunity to get to know new blogs. I started reading The Mochilera Diaries quite recently, but haven’t heard of the other blogs, so I’ll definitely be checking those out.

    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Thanks Lisa, I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now and am so glad I finally got it together! Hope you find a new favorite.

  • Melanie Fontaine
    July 21 2015

    My favorite picture is Photo A, but that drink in Photo D looks mighty fine, too! 😉 Have fun in the Caribbean – I can’t wait to see what tropical pictures you’re going to share with us next week! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      Actually, it will be two weeks from now — I’ll just be taking off as the next Photo of the Week goes live, and I’ll definitely struggle to find a good photo to post when I’ve spent all week in my sweatpants working and my yoga pants working out, ha.

  • Oh Polly
    July 21 2015

    Wow! Photo A is most definitely my favourite. I hope to visit New York one day 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      It’s definitely worth a spot on anyone’s bucket list 🙂 What a city!

  • Stephen Mueller
    July 21 2015

    I love photo D [maybe because it doesn’t feature a crowd, I’d love less people]. It’s simple but lovely, that drink makes me crave for it.

    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2015

      I get that, I like a nice mix of crowds and comfortable alone time 🙂

  • becky hutner
    July 21 2015

    D! Silhouettes and sunsets, hooray!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 22 2015

      You know I can’t resist a good silhouette!

  • Photo A – love the rainbow! So excited to read about your upcoming dive adventures. Girl you need to get back underwater – you’re losing your gills!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 22 2015

      I know! Over two months since my last dive…

  • Leah
    July 22 2015

    “Dusting off my passport,” GOOD ONE ALEX. Your passport has never sat long enough to collect dust, and I doubt it ever will 🙂

    Your shoutout was so sweet! I’m beyond grateful for that fateful taxi ride in Peru. Where would I be today without you?! xx
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    • Meihoukai
      July 22 2015

      Clearly you’ve never been in my childhood bedroom, in which dust and other allergens set in within a week. I’ve been here in the USA for more than two months! Woot woot! Also please come to Koh Tao the end <3

  • Camels & Chocolate
    July 23 2015

    The silhouette in C is stunning!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 23 2015

      Can’t wait to see what kind of creative beach shots we come up with next week… insert heart-eyed emoji here.

  • Rashaad
    July 23 2015

    I love all the photos – but the fire twirling one is awesome: the contrast in the photo is amazing.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 25 2015

      Thanks Rashaad! I was laying down flat in the sand to get that shot 🙂