Well, first of all, apologies for the missed posts in uncountable weeks. I’ve been sick, and also stressed with work lately (office drama is never fun). Now that’s out of the way, on to the blog at hand.
New York has always been on my bucket list, this past Christmas I finally got to go! I had made a friend from New Jersey while teaching in Korea, so this time I went to visit her. Her and her sister were kind enough to give me a place to sleep, and take me around this giant city. I didn’t actually get to do all of the things I wanted to do, but that just means another visit needs to be planned! My flight was a red eye from YVR straight to JFK, it was with Cathay Pacific that was originating from Hong Kong, with a lay over at Vancouver. Plane ticket was super cheap, at just a little over $500. I didn’t have to worry about accommodations, and ended up not spending much on this trip.
My first day in the East Coast was a bit of a disaster, I wasn’t able to sleep much on the plane, possibly due to the excitement of finally being able to see New York, normally I just pass out on the plane no problems. I arrived at 6am NY time, and after breakfast, it was straight to an outlet mall in New Jersey, where I didn’t have much energy to do a lot of shopping. I bought a pair of yoga pants. We were all really tired after that, and decided to go back to the sister’s apartment and just crash for a bit.
Since I found out that New Jersey had a Paris Baguette, I had been itching to go. This was one of my favourite bakery when I was in Korea. When we walked in, it looked exactly like all the ones I’ve been to in Korea, all those memories came flooding back.. Sometimes I do indeed miss the days in Korea.
Day 2 was far more eventful. We took a ghetto bus into New York, and went on a boat to see the Statue of Liberty. We didn’t bother taking the boat that would have dropped us off at the island, instead the boat looped around Hudson River, and I snapped pictures of the iconic statue, as well as other building. I nearly froze my face off, it was so cold.
After the dog, we headed south bound towards Philly, because apparently there are some amazing Philly cheesesteak that I must try out. We arrived pretty late, at the Fat Zone (because Dieting is Un-American! LOL it’s in the fine print)
After we got our tummies full of steak and cheese, we moved further south, to Alantic City, the poor man’s Vegas. I must say, after Vegas, Alantic City just seems like a dump.
We stayed a night at Alantic City and drove back to New Jersey in the morning. Then is was a day spend in New York.
Out first stop was the Guggenheim Museum. After we got off the subway, we had to make our way there through Central Park.
After 20mins of walking or so, we arrived at the Guggenheim. I for one wasn’t exactly big on the art display, but the building itself. Those that don’t know, the Guggenheim was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is cylindrical, with one single ramp that looped the entire building from the bottom to the top, it was just breath taking.
After the MET closed, we were kicked out, and headed to Rockerfeller Centre. You may wonder what’s a picture of the Empire State Building doing on Rockerfeller’s picture collage, because it was taken at the Top of the Rock (top of the Rockerfeller Centre). When we got to the Rock there were a million and one people lined up waiting to skate on the little patch of ice rink, and more people trying to take a picture with the Christmas tree. To be honest, I thought both the ice rink and the tree were overrated, mostly due to movies and TV shows. The tree wasn’t that big, and the ice rink was dinky, my local ice rink at home is bigger than that, and definitely not as expensive to skate on. We went straight to the top of the building, and that’s the New York I wanted to see. For whatever reason I’ve always been intrigued by skylines, especially of cities like New York. I was glad we went at night, the view was pretty unreal.
And lastly as any real tourist would do, we went to the Empire State Building. When we were going in, we were stopped by some scalpers. They were going to sell us tickets for $44 a piece! I couldn’t believe it!! Little did they know, I came pretty prepared, with a pre-purchased ticket. In the end, they told us to go in and get tickets from the real place, it was $27. Can’t really say you’ve experienced New York if you weren’t getting scammed right?
On our way back to Time Square, to take the ghetto bus home, we passed by Lord & Taylor’s window display, and I had to take pictures. Too bad it was too late for the stores to be opened. We ended up getting home at nearly 4 am…it was a pretty insane day.
My last day in New York was pretty uneventful, the only note worthy place is this deli. It’s call Katz, and you can see how popular it is. It wasn’t a small place by any means, but there were more people than fire code would allow. We had to fight for our table! The boyfriend said he has been to the deli many times, but never seen it this full!
We wanted to get to the airport on time, so we left the city pretty early, we ended up getting there 2 hours before my flight. But with JFK, delays were the norm, I ended up waiting another 2 hours on top of that.
So ended my adventures in New York. Things I didn’t get to do, go to the Chelsea Market, Soho, Meat Packing, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and watch a Broadway show. Next time, I am going to save up enough, so I can stay in the city. New York is definitely worth another visit.