First off, I need to say this: when you read the title, you have to say it like the cowboys on the Pace commercials when they discover that their salsa was made in "NEW YORK CITY?!"
The reason I never blogged about it is because I was lazy, got distracted, forgot....you choose something.
SO, I will tell you about our wonderful trip, now.
Last June....no....back further....LAST June (of 2007) my hubby and I took our annual "weekend" kid-free outing. This time, it was to NYC. Now, DH is the "world-traveler" being a pilot and all. Me? I'm just a country bumpkin out of place in any setting but one with dirt and sticks within spitting distance. So this trip was a NEW thing for me. I was so excited....and a bit scared.
We stayed in the Waldorf Astoria (my choice.) I wanted to stay in someplace famous. You hardly ever hear of the "Motel 6 of New York." It was gorgeous (I'll put up some pics.)
We did some sights...went on top of some really tall (frighteningly so) buildings. We walked a LOT. My feet hurt. (I need a foot rub....Aaron?)
We flew in on a Friday afternoon (late) and were home by Sunday night so we had to get a lot of stuff done in a brief amount of time.
The highlight was going to a Broadway show. We saw "Chicago." Joey Lawrence played the male lead. He is a cutie-patootie. We were on the 2nd row. At the end, when the girls threw out flowers, I caught one. It is packed away (somewhere ) waiting for me to scrapbook it.
We took the ferry out past Ellis Island, on into Staten Island. There, I met a cyber-friend. So fun to meet people IRL when you have been getting to know them online for a few years.
Probably the thing that stuck out most was the subway travel. Now, the cities close to where I live have public transit...by way of buses. I had never been on a subway. I've only been in a taxi MAYBE a dozen times.
But, being the bumpkin I am (and not a city girl in the least) I was really nervous when it came to being out on the street....even more so when in the subways.
First off....NYC stinks.....OMG does it stink. I was surprised at how dirty it is. There are neat things to do, but man, oh man. BLECH.
On the full day that we were there we went through St. Patrick's Cathedral. It was gorgeous...as was the wedding that was taking place inside. Seriously. Hundreds of people going through and around the edges of this church, and there was a couple getting married there. Hmmmmm....wonder how much that cost them?
Anyway, one time, we were on the subway and this girl was standing in front of me. She had track marks all up and down her arms. I know of people (including friends) who have done drugs. That is sad enough, but to be an adult and strung out? Poor soul. It just makes me sad. (And I know you are curious, but I have NEVER done an illegal substance...save alcohol when I was underage.)
The biggest scare...and it is funny, looking back, but it freaked me out! The subway had come to a stop, we stayed on. This man (obviously a user and homeless and suffering, I'm sure, more unpleasant afflictions) got on. The doors closed and he said,
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!"
I immediately bowed my head...I was convinced that we were about to die.
Heh....he was begging for money.
That probably happens often.
Anyway, those are just a few things that we did. Now, I want to go back. Since I don't have to do the touristy stuff, there is more stuff I want to do without rushing around. Like the museum,
GYROS!!!! OMG....the GYROS!!!
and more Broadway!
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