The Big Apple
06.09.2013 - 09.09.2013 24 °C
We had originally planned on taking the Amtrak train from Boston to NYC, but like many other things, we'd left it to the last minute and by the time we went to book, the cost almost doubled. When researching other transport options US, Greyhound sounded like the worst option with pretty horrific reviews. My friends would cringe and make faces just at the mention of "Greyhound buses". Also, being susceptible to motion sickness, me on a Greyhound bus just didn't seem like a good idea. But, at a quarter of the price of Amtrak, we decided to give it shot. I can survive anything for a few hours, right? It may have been the extremely low expectations, or maybe we lucked out, but the entire Greyhound experience was quite pleasant. The bus was really clean and new (apparently we had the "new 2014 buses"), and the time went by really fast with the free WiFi. And I didn't get sick! We got to NYC in about 4 hours with no issues. Maybe Greyhound just has a bad rep?
I'd gone to NYC a couple times before, and if it hadn't been a must-see on Vinnie's list, it wouldn't have made it on the itinerary. I don't know what it is, but the city's energy just doesn't really appeal to me. I think it's one of those places you need to know someone who lives there to show you around. Having said that, there is so much to explore in NY, and heaps of pretty places to wander around, I didn't mind being back to explore some new areas. After our first day wandering Central Park and Times Square. Vinnie and I decided to split up once we got NY. Not only because a lot of the things he wanted to do I'd already done, but also because I was starting to need some alone time. I'm sure Vinnie was glad to be rid of me for a bit too!
It was kind of nice to not have a list of sights to try to fit in each day. I didn't have any plan on what I wanted to do, so mostly just wandered. I am a huge coffee lover so found a hidden little cafe called Grumpy Cat near our hostel and parked myself there for a few hours.
The last time I went to NY I really enjoyed the Guggenheim and MOMA, so thought I'd check out the MET this time. I'm not an art buff, but I did love seeing the Monet pieces there - it reminded me of my Uncle and how much he would love it. The MET building itself is really pretty so it was nice to just wander around.
On the Saturday night, I felt a little obliged to head out, being in NYC and a Saturday night and all, so thought I'd see what cheap Broadway tickets I could get at TKTS Booth. I've always wanted to see "Chicago", and it was showing for less than half price, so It was an easy decision. I love the movie and the musical lived up to my high expectations.
Coincidentally, whilst we were in NY, one of my girlfriends from Melbourne, Lucy, was also in town with some other friends. I only realized via Facebook - good old FB. We arranged to meet up for brunch at Penelope's. The wait was over and hour, but the food was great, it was well worth the wait. It was so nice to see the girls and catch up. I felt it was a bit of a taste on what it will be like to catch up with all my friends once I move home.
On our last night, we went to check out the stand up show at the Comedy Cellar. We left it till the last minute to make a reservation so could only get in for the 8:45pm show (which is super late for an old lady like me ). I was hoping to be home before midnight, but we ended up staying out to see two shows because it was so fricking hilarious. We were sat near the front so were picked on quite a bit, but it made for a really fun experience. It was a great way to end our time in NY before heading to D.C.!