It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Quite a lot has happened in the past few weeks, both good and bad.
Last week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the northeast. I’m sure you all have heard stories. I live in Hoboken, NJ – an area that was hit particularly hard by the storm. The whole city flooded and lost power for days. Anyone with a basement apartment lost everything. I am fortunate enough to live on the second floor, so I did not lose anything but power. The hardest part of the storm for me was not knowing what was going outside my dark apartment. Three feet of water mixed with gasoline and oil filled the streets, keeping me stranded in my apartment for two days. I didn’t have cable or Internet to learn about the extent of Sandy’s damage. I couldn’t call or text to see if my family was ok. Below are some views I took while stranded in my apartment.
The photo above was taken after about half the water receded.
As soon as the water receded outside my door, I went to explore. Some sights from the streets:
Charging stations were everyone’s saving grace.
Ihappened to be right by Town Hall when our Mayor came out to give a speech about the status of the city. Power would not be back for 7-10 days. There was no telling when public transportation would be restored. It hit me that this storm was worse than expected, and I realized I had to get out of Hoboken for a while.
I walked around in dire search of a signal to call anyone on “the outside.” I was finally able to get in touch with my cousin, who lives with my aunt and uncle further out in New Jersey. Luckily, they still had power and were able to come pick me up.
My apartment got power back later in the week, so I’m back in Hoboken. My mode of transportation into the city is still under restoration, so my commute has been rather difficult. However, if a stressful commute is my only problem, I consider myself extremely lucky. My heart goes out to all of those who lost homes, family, or businesses.
If we all pitch in, even just a little bit, maybe we can help get things back to normal just a little bit faster. Check out some ways to help out here.
After all the devastation, my frown got turned upside down yesterday when I received an email from Greatist saying I’ve been selected as a Greatist Ambassador! Greatist is my favorite resource for all things health and fitness. They post a ton of great content to help inspire healthy lifestyles and improve the fitness, health, and happiness of others. I am thrilled to become a part of their team, have the opportunity to get involved in their community, and inspire others to be more fit, healthy, and happy. I can’t wait to start my Greatist journey and share it with all of you. Sandy can’t keep a Greatist down!