A perfect upstate weekend


This weekend, I headed back home to Poughkeepsie! I needed a change in scenery since all the time alone in my apartment was starting to get to my head.


Saturday was the perfect day of all my favorite fall activities. As a New Englander born-and-raised, Fall is by far my favorite season. It’s easy to take for granted what you grow up with, but I never stopped loving fall – each year is more magical than the last.

The morning was comprised of sleeping in and studying a bit, before my mom and I took off and had a lunch date for pho. My mom is from a town in China that is known for their noodle soups, so this hit our happy spot ❤

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Afterwards, we drove up to Hyde Park to the Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site. In my entire childhood of living here, I actually never had visited here, which is such a shame because it was super DOPE! It was the perfect day to see the leaves changing color and soak in this beautiful this time of year.

Mom and I first saw the mansion that Vanderbilt lived in.

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Then, we went on a little hike down to the Hudson River. There was a nicely paved trail with lots of views along the way.


Views by the Hudson

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Is there anything more perfect than changing trees?

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Spending time outdoors is an automatic recipe to lifting my spirits -the whole afternoon was just what I needed.

Afterward, one of my best high school friends saw that I was in town and hit me up; we last minute decided to take a walk together around the neighborhood and catch up. I hadn’t seen her in over a year, and boy did I miss her. It’s always hard to catch up someone up about your life over a long period of time, but we instantly fell back to the way we were and it felt so nice. I’m so glad I came home and had the opportunity to rekindle this friendship again ❤

Later in the evening, my dad asked me to make a dessert with the 5000 apples they picked earlier in the week. I improvised an apple crumble that ended up being a wild success!

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Sundays in the Li household have been the same since I was born: church, chinese school, catching up on studying…some things never change. But I definitely missed it.

It was so nice to catch up with everyone at church. My hometown church is the one place where I always feel at home. All the parents welcoming me with open arms, so eager to hear what I’m up to. The kids are growing up so fast too! I feel so lame saying that, but I swear every time I go back they all hit new growth spurts.

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The afternoon was filled with studying and napping. Then I caught up with a college friend via FaceTime for a few hours. I’ve been loving reconnecting with old friends lately. Especially with all my time alone, I’m instantly happier after these calls.

Then, after dinner, my sister and I spontaneously decided to go to our favorite hometown froyo spot. It was super nice outside so we ate and chatted away outdoors in the cool night under moonlight <3. Moments like these make my really love my home.

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