Raleigh, NC is the city that I was raised in. I moved there at the age of 6 after living in Trinidad for a year (I was born in Brooklyn but my parents sent me to Trinidad to live with my aunt while they were moving to Raleigh).
I had a love/hate relationship with Raleigh for the longest.
Growing up, I felt like the people I went to school with didn't relate to me -- I was always asked about my race/nationality because many didn't know what Trinidad was at the time. Southern America only knew of white, black and hispanic (which was often referred to as just "Mexican). I just felt like I didn't truly fit in for the longest.
I left Raleigh at the age of 17 and moved to Winston-Salem, NC for college. I only went to Raleigh during my college years to see my parents and on holidays. After graduating, I moved back to Raleigh for 6 months and then moved to Brooklyn.
I've been living in Brooklyn for 5 years and sadly, I only visit Raleigh once or twice a year.
My parents still live in Raleigh so I decided this past weekend that I would head to Raleigh for the day to visit my parents.
My 16 hours in Raleigh showed me that it's a city I took for granted all along. Raleigh is such a beautiful place and the city that shaped me into the person I am today.
Although I hardly visit, Raleigh will always hold a special place in my heart.
As I said in one of my recent Instagram posts:
It's the city where I met my closest friends.
The the city where I experienced many of life's firsts.
No matter where life takes me, Raleigh will always be a city I can call home.
Here are some photos I took during my 16 hours there. Hope you enjoy!