What shall I write about? This is generally how the writing process of my blog post begins. However, this week’s topic has been screaming in my head all week, so it wasn’t hard to choose. “New York! New York! New York!”
Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York
~Frank Sinatra, New York, New York
One of the perks of teaching is a two-week Spring Break. For me, it’s usually spent at home working on house projects, catching up with family and old friends, reading a new book, or watching a few movies from the comfort of my own couch. Spring Break 2014 was different though. I spent a week in New York with my sister Denise and cousin Kim. It wasn’t their first time visiting, but it was for me!
Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you.
~Taylor Swift, Welcome to New York
Let me just say that seven days was NOT enough time. The truth of the matter when traveling is that you can’t really count the “travel days” in the itinerary. Those days involve: unpacking, packing, airport check-in time, flight time, hotel check-in and check-out, transportation needs, and finding the ever-important “first” or “last” meal in the city.
Needless to say, we tried to fit in as much as possible in our five full days in New York. Even though, we stayed in a nice hotel in Times Square, I can honestly say that we only spent time there to sleep and get ready for the next adventure. It seemed like a waste of time to just hang out, when there was so much to do and see.
Upon reflection, I do think that we managed our time well. Our week’s itinerary included: Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Square Park, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Chapel, New York Public Library, Macy’s New York, dinner at Sardi’s, lunch at Katz Delicatessen, dessert at Junior’s, two Broadway musicals, lunch date with our NY uncles, and numerous New York subway rides. This doesn’t even count the endless blocks that we walked through the city and what we saw along the way.
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you.
~Alicia Keys, Empire State of Mind
The thing that I noticed about New York City was the energy. Living in California allows for some fun people watching; but this was different. People walked hurriedly through the streets with a purpose—ready to make statement, make a difference, and/or catch a time-sensitive mode of transportation. It’s not that we don’t have the same type of residents in California; it’s just that people drive from one place to another, eliminating the opportunity of seeing them walk with determination in their eyes and stride. And then you have the tourists, like the three of us, who walked with their heads swiveling, eyes wide open and mouths constantly in the “awe” position.
Lastly, I loved the busyness of the city. I loved the history that it carries. I loved all of the food places that we tried! I loved that we walked or took public transportation to our destinations. I loved that I only gained one pound because of that! I loved that “it’s only 6 blocks” did not phase us. I loved the food carts on the streets. I loved the bright lights in Times Square. I loved that the Broadway theaters were a smaller venue than a Los Angeles or Orange County performing arts venue. I loved that my husband was supportive of my Girls’ New York Trip, and was just as excited, as I was, for me to witness it all. I loved that I got to spend quality time with my sister and cousin, amidst our busy lives. In the end, YES, I LOVE NEW YORK!