Last month, one of my bestest friends and I took a trip to New York City!
We hadn’t seen each other since July of last year!
So, I guess I should start from the very beginning of my trip.
My husband woke up at 4am that morning to drive me all the way from Waco to Dallas, which should be 90 minutes…. IF you already know that there are TWO airports in the Dallas area…. But I had never flown out of Dallas before, so I was a little oblivious.
Once we hit traffic I started getting anxious because the GPS said we would be arriving at Dallas Love Airport 40 minutes before my flight started boarding. And I had no idea how long security would take, or if the line would be long or short, who knew. One thing I did know, missing my flight was #1 on my “ways to ruin your trip” list.
When we were about 20 minutes from Dallas Love, my husband asks me if we are going to the correct airport…
“I’m sorry, correct airport???? “
“You do know there are two airports up here…”
Commence freak out as I remember looking at my boarding pass saying DFW, aka Dallas Fort Worth…. Not Dallas Love.
“OH MY GOD…… OH MY GOD….”
“What, are we going to the right one?”
-Gracie changes GPS to destination DFW-
“Now we are”
So, as I continue to freak out, my husband reminds me to stay calm, because I am needed to help navigate the many detours, road splits, and unnecessary turns resulting in jumping grassy banks in my husbands Dodge Ram.
Luckily, DFW and Dallas Love are are only about 15-20 minutes away from each other.
So once we finally arrived, I jumped out of the truck gave my husband a kiss and ran to security. Thankfully security was quick, and I got to my terminal with 5 minutes until boarding.
When I landed in Nashville to catch my next flight to JFK, I noticed how awesome the Nashville airport was. They had live music at one of the restaurants. Totally awesome.
Next was the flight to JFK, which went smoothly. When I fly, I make sure to take the window seat. It may sound weird, but looking out the window always keeps my attention. It calms me in a way, which can be confusing if you really think about it. But I feel like being able to see the earth from that high is something you shouldn’t take for granted. When the clouds are below you, and you can see all the mountains, lakes and farm land. It’s always just so beautiful that it calms any nerves I may have.
And I’ll tell you, calming your nerves is always important if you’re meeting your friend at JFK airport.
I took me 30 minutes to get from the terminal 8 to terminal 4. Talk about confusing. And it didn’t help that my sense of direction is basically non-existent.
Anyways, we finally met up and found a hot, humid, no air conditioner bus to the city, where the girl behind us proceeded to have an anxiety attack because of all of the above.
It took us 2 hours, but we made it to the hotel!!
That first night we were exhausted, but had to woman up and get our butts to time square!
Ofcourse we had to rest our eyes, for only a minute though…
When we made it out of the hotel, we were officially starving. So we started to walk in the direction of the square of lights. We found a little pizza spot near our hotel and we HAD to have New York pizza. And oh my gosh, it did not disappoint. It was the best pizza we had in NYC. It was amazing, but every time we went back, the place was closed.
We walked so much in NY. Our feet trekked a total of 9 miles one of those 4 days we were there. Alot of the times we were walking the wrong way though. But it made for more of an adventure.
We took many uncomfortable Uber rides, a classic Taxi ride and almost took the wrong train on the subway. We even took the double decker AND the city bus.
We met a number of New Yorkers and were pleasantly surprised at how nice everyone we talked to was. New Yorkers have a reputation of being a little harsh, but everyone was so accommodating.
We saw two broadway shows, Cirque De Soliel: Paramour; which was a musical mixed with acrobatics. And we saw CATS. Which was totally amazing. CATS on broadway in New York. So cool.
We visited the Empire State building at 12am, because it was going to rain the next night. So we HAD to squeeze that in somewhere. And we spent over an hour chatting with one of the security guards.
And we ate. Oh my gosh did we eat. I was so surprised to see all the different ethnic restaurants. The diversity in New York is amazing.
China Town had amazing dumplings and sold sea urchins.
Little Italy brought out the 50% Italian in me. There was a little stand selling CANOLLI’S!!! I couldn’t pass that up, my mom used to make them for special occasions. Plus, I named our family African Grey, Cannoli. We went to a little Italian meat and cheese shop, we tried cheese imported from Italy. It was amazing. Giant wheels of cheese and hanging meats.
We ate pastrami from Katz Famous Deli. I don’t even like pastrami, I never have. But I tried some of Liz’s $20 sandwich, and it was amazing. And I mean like, amazing…
We had tacos, which were also amazing.
We visited McGee’s which is the bar that influenced How I Met Your Mother.
I had Ice Cream from The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop.
We basically ate our way through New York. But hey, why not??
We saw Grand Central Station, Central Park, Lady Liberty, the 9/11 museum, and Freedom Tower.
We walked the Brooklyn Bridge on the coldest day of our trip. It was the only day that was in the 40’s.
Also, once we got into Brooklyn, we ate at a Georgian Restaurant (yes, georgia is a country, google it). The place was called Cheese Boat, and had boats of bread baked with cheese in it. It was terribly delicious.
Basically, the trip was amazing.
Also, the architecture there was also incredible.
We didn’t have enough time to do all the things we wanted, but that just means I’ll need to go back someday.