So this blog post is LONG SO LONG overdue, and I am sorry about that (I did want to mention that I moved and unpacked and I got a promotion and I also write for PopWrapped.com now so I’ve been a little busy but excuses are excuses and yeah so).
So last December my sister Brianna and I went to New York City as a fun day trip. Bri had been to NYC before, but I had never been and I was EXTREMELY excited to go. Our day started early, very very early, our bus was scheduled to leave at around 3AM (an ungodly hour if you ask me). We decided to take a bus because I can’t imagine driving and parking anywhere in NYC. Of course our bus left late because we had the most distracted and slowest bus driver of all time. It was also freezing cold in the bus. After a 4 hour trip we ended up in the HUGE bus station in NYC and we basically had no idea where to go. We did have a map and stuff that we planned out, but it was so overwhelming stepping out of the bus station. I hate being that “small town girl” but it really felt like that. I couldn’t believe how busy it was and how many people there were. And how many people I accidentally ran into and tripped over on our way to the first things we saw – Starbucks. After Starbucks we just kind of wandered around and decided to go to Times Square. Bri had to keep checking on me, because I kept looking up and around and not paying attention at all to where I was going. I so looked like a tourist, it’s not even funny how dumbstruck I looked. I’m sure she was embarrassed of me.
On our way to Time Square we stumbled upon the Today Show. I kid you not, we literally just turned a corner and BAM there it was! We had thought about trying to find the show, but we figured we’d be too late in the morning to see anything. But we were blessed, because right as we got there they were out in the little square area testing toys and what not, and we got to watch them do that. We even were able to make our way to the big window and see Michael Buble practice and perform!!! He is one of my favorite singers and I was so excited! We were then told that he was going to be coming out to say hi to all of us and I was ridiculously excited. He came out and of course everyone freaked and I tried to get a few pictures of him. I then turned around to say something to Bri and she was gone. I couldn’t see her anywhere and I panicked (because as my mother told me 1,000 times before we left ‘Do not let your sister out of your sight, she is pretty and someone will take her, always watch her, and hold her hand.’ …We didn’t actually hold hands). I started jogging around the square to try and find her and as soon as I moved away from my spot, I turned and saw Michael Buble walk right past where I had been. And then I felt a tap on my shoulder and there she was. Bri was so excited too… Because she had gotten a picture of her and Michael Buble together. I was so angry.
After my heartbreak at the Today Show we decided to wander around more and head back to Times Square. We did all the staples: saw the ice skating rink, went to the M&M store, the Hershey Store, the Disney Story, Toys R Us. Basically if it was a big store in Times Square, I made us go into it. Because I’m a dork.
At this point we were both STARVING so we started looking around to find a cool place to eat lunch. We started to walk down the side streets off of Time Square and we stumbled upon Havana. We didn’t know at the time that this is a famous restaurant, we were just very hungry.
After lunch we walked down 5th avenue for a long time. We looked at all the fancy and cool shops, walked into some (and then immediately walked out of most of them because we just looked poor), and I took too many pictures and looked like a tourist again. We ended up going into lots of awesome places, like FAO Schwarz, and then we walked around Central Park for awhile too. It had warmed up by this time, so it was nice to be in the sun.
After we had walked most of Central Park, we went back down 5th avenue (on the other side of the street this time) and went back to window shopping and walked inside a few places like Tiffany’s, Saks, and the American Girl Doll Place. We did stop in at Barnes & Noble and got coffee and sat for quite awhile, at this point our feet were starting to hurt REALLY bad.
I really wanted to go to the New York Public Library, so we headed that way. I loved it there. We got to go and see this “presentation” piece they were doing on children’s books and each little room was a new book, with facts and pictures and what not (I’d love to post those pictures here, but there are like 100 of them and I can’t pick any favorites because I love them all).
We then headed to see the Empire State Building, Victoria Secret and Macy’s. The Macy’s windows were kind of weird this year (so weird in fact that I don’t feel like posting pictures of them). Bri and I rode the escalator to EVERY SINGLE FLOOR OF MACY’S. Do you know how many floors that is??? It’s 12. 12 Freakin Floors. We were pretty pooped after that and we limped back to Times Square and went to Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. Dinner was amazing, some of the best food ever!
After dinner we had some time to burn before we had to head back to the bus station, so we walked around some more (at this point every step was painful and the pain shot up to my knees and I never wanted to walk ever again). We went back to some places we had been to before in the morning and got to see them all lit up with Christmas lights. We headed back to the bus station a little early (and it’s a good thing we did because the email I had wasn’t right and we had to run to the counter and get tickets for our bus) and the bus left around 12AM. We got back to the station around 3:30ish AM (the new driver was a speed demon) and we made it back to our house at around 4:30AM and we slept for a very very long time.
All in all I had a great time (though my feet were crippled for days). We stayed mostly in the Time Square area, so I hope next time I visit I can branch out and see more of the city. I’m very happy I got to go with my sister and we had some special time together. But the only negative thing about the trip (besides the foot pain, seriously guys I couldn’t walk right for weeks), was that I kind of lost all the glamour I had about NYC. I was so convinced that it was this amazing place and what not, and it really wasn’t. It was a city, it was big, it was super cool, it smelled a bit, and stuff was way too expensive. I was always convinced that I would go and fall in love with the city and move to NYC as soon as I possibly could. But I don’t think I want that now, if the opportunity to move presented itself I would seriously consider it, but I might contemplate someplace warmer, and cleaner, and less smelly.
But I can’t wait to visit again!