New York State of Mind [photos, photos, photos]
We didn’t take a Greyhound on the Hudson line, but we saw some movie stars and made like tourists on crack. We were in a New York State of Mind for a girls trip! And if you don’t know that Greyhound-Hudson song reference, we can no longer be friends… [hint]
A trip that started out with 15 girls invited, turned into 6 that were ‘game’, which eventually turned into an Ashley/Lia trip. It’s a damn good thing that we’ve spent lots of non-stop time together before because our tiny hotel room was so small the bellhop had to lift our bags over the bed to get them into the room. Yes, I’m serious.
After checking in to our hotel, we hit the ground running and didn’t stop for 5 days straight. Lia had never been to NYC and honestly, it had been a LONG time since I had been, so we did some typical tourist stuff combined with hipster things that we had on the radar. And clearly, every night ended with drinks and a show. We didn’t say it would be a cheap trip…
I was also determined to consume some East Coast oysters from the John Dory Oyster Bar and made Lia walk like 2 miles (one way) on our first evening after seeing Big Fish. Even I was mildly miserable by the end of that walk. It didn’t help that the restaurant couldn’t have been more unhappy to see us and the oysters were just ‘ok’. However, I will admit that their oyster stout beer was much better than the oyster beer in Seattle!
One thing that I realized that is different in being an adult on vacation and a ‘kid’ is that you don’t waste a minute sleeping in. Lia and I were up at the crack of dawn every day (fueled with sugar and caffeine) and falling into our tiny bed and room every night (fueled with tired feet and booze). It’s a good thing that I had a 20 hour trek to South Africa to follow to try and get some airplane Zzz’s.
The first morning was an early tourist stop at the Empire State Building. We were in the lobby waiting for the doors to open. I love being an adult sometimes. It was also awesome since I had only done nighttime, which is equally gorgeous, but a completely different perspective on the city. Everything in New York just feels romantic, like you’re wandering through a real life love story.
After the early morning scenic stop, we headed towards Chelsea Market for eats and food shopping. My life revolves around food and when I am with Lia, that love is only magnified since she loves food just as much as I do. Everything on my list at Chelsea Market was food, drink, eats, and treats.
However, Lia’s food love is clearly much more focused on treats than eats. Good thing we walked a LOT.
I also got to see Molly, one of my friends from Elementary School, who clearly has moved to the best place in the US… It’s weird being adults and going out for a fancy drink when we used to hang out seeing how much Bubble Yum we could eat, while singing karaoke on my computer. Then of course, the night was capped with another show.
Side note that I am totally in love with Zachary Levi now.
The next day we did more morning tourist stuff, like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and walkin’ Wall Street. No, I didn’t find a jerkfaced workaholic man, but my eyes were peeled. All I saw were a bunch of d-bags in suits on their cell phone. But, it was a freaking amazing day to go on a cruise. Cold, but clear and sunny!
And the biggest moment for me was BROOKLYN BABY!! I could have taken a trip to just Brooklyn, but that will be the next trip, especially since I have fallen in love. Brooklyn may be my new favorite US city… outside of Atlanta. Apparently, I need to move east.
After trekking through Wall Street, moseying across the Brooklyn Bridge, and hunting down my tattoo parlor, we thought we might not make a show to fulfill our ‘one show a night’ goal’… but we did it!! We also managed to fulfill one of Lia’s lifetime goals of seeing Legolas in person. But I am sure that my favorite quote of the trip had to be a slightly grumpy Lia on our way to the bridge… ‘could we not walk so fast? my feet are going to be bloody stumps!” For being short, I am apparently a fast walker?
I’m going to start walking like this. At least it will slow me down.
The last full day we spent the morning strolling through Central Park in the morning, then hit up MoMA. We did the Met too on our trip, which I think made Lia very happy. I know she picked the most ‘popular/mainstream’ museums for my benefit though… Not that I am void of artistic culture, but I’m more of a moving art person. It’s the ADHD.
We didn’t do much shopping, but on our strolls through the city, I did manage to go on a mini man-shoe hunt for a friend. And by mini… I mean going to 5 different shoe stores trying to find a sneaker ONLY available in NYC. This was followed by hauling a large box through Times Square to ship things home. What a friend I am! [insert self pat on the back]
Sadly, the trip had to end at some point. I think Lia’s feet were happy about it. She was probably also getting concerned that my already bitchy-self was settling into East Coast bitchmode, so it was time… We did our morning goodbye and I left for South Africa, but Lia stayed a few extra hours and got the chance to see some of the new World Trade Center buildings and the ‘9/11 Memorial Site’. It happened to be Veterans Day weekend too, so I am sure it was an emotional experience.
Often, I forget how good it feels to just get away from the day to day. Even though I walked the street checking email and knew I had to leave directly from vacation to South Africa for work, it was still nice to try some new restaurants, get in a dose of culture, and enjoy some quality girl talk away from Seattle. Until next time… I’ll be back for you Brooklyn.