After reviewing the butt-load of photos I have from my trip, I realized I'll probably have to split this post into two posts. One thing I did not realize before embarking on my journey was how cold it would be. One of my friends called me up weeks before I went and asked if I wanted to go on a short rendezvous to New York. I've been stressed out and overwhelmed with work so I decided a nice short break would be refreshing. I have never been to somewhere so cold during winter, the coldest probably being Beijing in the winter, but I didn't spend much time outdoors. So I was surprised on the night before my flight when my friend texted me a picture of New York with snow covering the streets and the cars. Panic ensued.
The first day I flew out it was almost 6PM by the time I had arrived at the place we'd be staying at and because of the time difference I was up since 4:30AM to catch my flight. I was able to meet up with a friend I've been wanting to see for years and we had a quick meal together before resting up for the long day ahead of exploring. We got up at 8AM to get ready and get out the door and meet up for brunch at a cake shop in Manhattan. My stomach wasn't fully awake yet, but I had some of the best cheesecake I've ever had in my whole existence. We then caught a ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty, but unfortunately they wouldn't let us off because of previous damage from Hurricane Sandy. While everyone was seated comfortably inside the ferry, us four girls sat outside in the cold. Why? Don't underestimate the power of vanity. We sat out in the freezing cold and took pictures, but it came to a point where my hands were so red and burning with pain that I had to try to thaw them before doing anything else. We then headed to Wall street to see a bull that we had to go touch the golden testicles to have good luck in future finances. Oh god, why? After walking around and taking in the scenes, we headed over to the 9/11 memorial. It was pretty moving to see that they had turned the ground where the two buildings stood into two giant waterfalls and pools. The last time I came to New York was in elementary school, and I still had pictures with the trade centers standing. It was all very surreal to visit the memorial on this trip. Can't believe it was almost a decade ago, the moment that everyone remembered exactly what they were doing when they head the news that morning. After this, we took the metro to Brooklyn to see the Brooklyn Bridge. We had passed over it earlier on the ferry, but I didn't realize we'd be crossing the entire bridge. In heels. At night in 35 degree weather. I pretty much was thinking "ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Walking over 5 miles in heels" with all the walking we did up until that point. I don't think I've ever walked that much in my entire life. We lived 0.8 miles from the metro stop and pretty much spent the entire day walking, I was thankful in a way because we walked so much during our trip, I don't think I could have made it without the first day of hell!
The second day, we woke up bright and early to go to Soho for some shopping! I was very pleased to find that there was no sales tax on clothing items under 110$. At this point everyone went crazy buying all the things because it was just like having a 10% discount. After walking around Soho we headed to Times Sq as it was getting dark, which felt just like Vegas. Since arriving at New York, I kept imagining I was in Gotham and that Batman would appear at night. And that's when I saw him. Albeit he was kind of out of shape, but Batman nonetheless. After exploring Times Square we headed to Shake Shack, which is comparable to In-n-Out we have on the west coast. Not being much of a burger person, I have a soft spot for In-N-Out and Shake Shack did not disappoint.
New York is a lot older than I remembered, especially the metro. We had some interesting encounters with people that would sing or dance for tips, but also some bad ones with screaming and spilling milk on people. The worst being a late night on the train after stuffing our faces at Ippudo, but I'll save that for the next post. Even though it was cold and rainy while we were there, the buildings are so gorgeous. I felt an intense connection to Ted Moseby in HIMYM, because some of the scenery was beautiful beyond words. I was really sad after I came back to California, because I really did love New York. Even though it was so cold the first couple days, I started to miss it.
|Little me pretending to be the Statue of Liberty with the Trade Center in the back|