Our trip to New York was one for the books. I will definitely remember my first trip to the big apple for ever and ever.
New York was just as I thought it would be: loud, fast, cramped, and teeming with great food. There was also a lot that I didn’t expect from the big city, and a lot of things surprised me. So here’s what I learned from my trip to NYC. There may be some things that will surprise you. Also, I want to add, that while certain things may be something I enjoyed, the exact opposite could be for you! Although I doubt it!
- The Subway is really relaxing. I know. Everything you’ve heard about taking the subway has told you that it’s stressful, hot, cramped, and crappy. While the subway is hot, and it can get cramped, the break that you get from walking makes you start to miss the subway. Even on the way from Brooklyn to NY in the morning before we started our 20k plus step days, it was the perfect time to sit, breath, and pray/meditate before the day started. The great thing is, the subway is so unbelievably common that no one cares about you there. No one is going to stare at you, or talk to you, or even think about you. I’m pretty friendly, so I found myself wanting to strike up a convo with every person I sat next to on the subway. Luckily, I refrained, and it was just fine. So yeah, there are times during the day where the subway is hectic and I HIGHLY recommend having your metro card on hand and ready to go. But, most of the time, take a moment to decompress and relax as this incredible system of trains takes you through the city. Just don’t miss your stop!
- Walking is not a joke. Really, it’s not funny. What’s amazing is there were maybe 3 out of the millions of people that I saw who were overweight. By a lot. I’m just trying not to use the F word (fat) here. But seriously. Out of the MILLIONS of people that live in NYC, on top of the PHENOMENAL, we-don’t count-calories-here restaurants, hardly anyone was overweight. Why? You walk EVERYWHERE. So if your sitting on your butt at home reading this, eating bon bons and hiding from the scale, you should try walking everyday. Seriously, just get up and walk. Ok, back to New York: listen to your friends that have been to NY when they tell you to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t wear comfortable boots and think you’ll be fine. You won’t be. Clash your whole outfit with tennis shoes, honey. You won’t be sorry.
- The food is ….. I have no words. If you go to NY with a closed mind then take your pretty ass back to the airport, get back on the plane, and go home. Because the BEST food you’ll find in NY are at the places that make you question if it’s run by the mafia or not. Those kinds of places are family run, home cooked, and probably home grown, and the food will blow. you. away. Trust yelp, too. The thousands of reviews won’t let you down. You won’t find a solid 5 stars out of the 2 thousand yelp reviews, but if its at least 4 stars, GO.
- You will have to wait in line for the bathroom no matter WHAT. You will. I had to wait from 15 to 35 minutes every single time. And I drink a lot of water, so… That part sucked. If you feel the need to pee, and you think, “oh I can hold it!” Don’t. Because by the time you’re ready to burst, you’ll still have to wait 30 more minutes just to pee.
- Starbucks are everywhere. So if you’re one of those coffee hippies that HATE Starbucks, you should keep your mouth shut and be GRATEFUL for the abundance of the Green Maiden coffee shops, and I’ll tell you why: free bathrooms.
- The MET is the BEST museum. I actually didn’t want to go at first… But I am SO glad that I did. I thought it was going to be some modern museum with oddly shaped sculptures of steel (clearly I didn’t look it up before I went), but it’s NOT. It was absolutely outstanding. The MET has art from Ancient Egypt with giant chunks of rock the height of at least five of me carved top to bottom with hieroglyphics. There were sculptures carved from pure marble with unbelievable details of the human anatomy (like strands of hair and toenails, ya nasty!). From giant tapestries to rooms of furniture from French castles like Versailles, the entire museum was awe-inspiring. There is no way you could walk out of the place without being blown away. I guarantee it.
- Pay for the Audio Tour. When you go to the major places like the Statue of Liberty, The New World Trade Center, and even The Met, they offer this walking audio tour for $15 buck or so. DO IT. It’s this little device that looks like a home phone that tells you what you’re looking at and the history behind it. I actually found myself inching closer and closer to a girl at the Statue of Liberty just to hear what her device was telling her about Lady Liberty’s original color being copper. When she realized that it didn’t just get humid, but I had accidentally breathed into her ear, she gave me a weird look and walked away. So, that was awkward… Adrian and I were on a budget when we went, and we didn’t account for these audio tours, so we never got one. And because we didn’t have this awesome hand held device telling us the cool facts about each place, we found ourselves wandering aimlessly around thinking that most things were kind of… boring. Which they AREN’T. New York is not boring. But if you’re not into reading every little plaque at every tourist attraction, and would rather have a guided tour, just buy the audio thing. Seriously, I regret not getting one.
- The souvenirs are really affordable. MUCH to Adrian and I’s dismay. Here’s a funny story: Adrian had this brilliant idea to buy our I <3 NY shirts from Amazon before our trip to NYC because we thought they were going to be $30 a piece in NYC. Here we are at the house with our shirts on, giggling like two criminals that just got away with a big heist, thinking how clever we are than the rest of the world. Fast forward to walking around TIMES SQUARE of all places, seeing a souvenir shop that was selling FOUR I <3 NY shirts for TEN DOLLARS. That’s right. Four for ten. Imagine the look on our faces when we saw that.
- Central Park is truly a dream. The hype is real, guys and gals. I don’t know how many people get engaged in Central Park in a year, but I imagine the number if pretty high because it is especially romantic. The nature there is such a contrast to the frenzy of the city that it’s no wonder so many people were seen in their business suits just strolling through at any given time. If I worked in NYC, I would make time to walk through Central Park at least once a day to breathe, relax, and just be in awe of our Creator. Wow.
- It really is a Melting Pot. I must have heard 25 different languages just walking through New York. It’s humbling, beautiful, and inspiring. You don’t interact with a lot of unique cultures in Texas, and when you do, they’re usually watered down because they’re actually afraid of offending someone. In New York, no one is afraid. At least, they didn’t seem to be. It was so common to look different, to have an accent when speaking English, and then to hear someone speaking in their native tongue. It was so natural it was like breathing. And I LOVED it. I truly loved it. It’s such a different feeling when you’re around a community of people who are comfortable being who they are than when you’re around a community that isn’t. The culture of New York is unlike any other place on this entire planet. And we need more cities like New York around the world. New York, I really do love you.
And those are the top ten things I tell people when they ask me about New York! Is there anything that surprised you? Have any more questions? Leave me comment below! <3