I had originally planned to stay home for thanksgiving break to work on applications and feel bad for myself. But, at the last minute Tyler and I decided to make the treck to my aunt's house in New Jersey for the holiday! With neither of us driving it was quite the expedition. After a four hour bus ride to New York, we walked through a crazy, busy Times Square to Penn Station which was absolutely packed with people leaving the city. We caught the "New Jersey coastliner" commuter train and finally arrived eight hours (and four different kinds of transportation!) later.
Traveling on thanksgiving gets such a bad rap, but I really loved it. Everywhere there were people clutching flowers wrapped in paper, suitcases packed to head home. It's affirming to be surrounded by people doing the exact same thing you're doing. It's one of the few collective rituals we have left. I'll take the hustle and bustle and hours of travel over spending Thanksgiving solo. And standing in Penn Station, I couldn't have felt farther from being alone.
(photos) on iPhone from the return trip on the train, NJ to NYC.