One word to describe the city: Towering
Cost per person: $85
Kilometers driven: 1418
Hours spent: 30
Attractions/Sights: For a full list click here
Rating: 10 out of 12
Ideal visitor: 12-79 (lots of walking!)
We don’t remember the moment our conversation that night changed from joking chatter to serious, plan-in-motion dialoging. But we think it’s safe to say that at some point we all realized how much we, like Frank Sinatra, wanted to wake up in the city that doesn’t sleep. And since we’re young, planless independent women, there was nothing to stop us from making our dreams come true.
Unfortunately, none of our other homies were willing to come on this grand adventure. Their loss.
The excitement was practically making the car buzz as the skyline came into view. I mean, come on. Is there any skyline in the world that is more exciting than NYC?
Of course, 2002 J-Lo blaring from the speakers and being that only-slept-two-hours kind of hyper made it that much more exciting. To be honest, you should probably just go here and have this song playing while you’re reading the rest of this post. We kind of looked like Channing and Jonah here (minus the uniforms, of course).
Walking out of the parking garage into the shade of towering skyscrapers, battling against crowds of people and honking taxis – we were in NEW YORK BABY!
Coming from Canada in January meant that at 4°C (that’s 39° for our American friends), we felt like we were taking a tropical vacation. Except not really, because as it turns out, 4°C is still pretty chilly. Add in some rain and the fact that we spent about 80% of the time walking outside…
Like the true Canadians we are, though, the cold did not stop us from our adventures. Wandering up and down giant streets stopping occasionally to pop into free attractions and gawk at landmarks made famous in pop culture, we managed to do a lot.
We saw a Gutenberg Bible at the library,
checked out the bright lights at Times Square,
ate a hot dog in Central Park,
creeped wedding preparations at the Plaza, pretended to shop for jewellry at Tiffany’s,
enjoyed NBC memorabilia at 30 Rock,
and explored the Met. All terribly touristy and fun.
The first half of the day was full of intellectual stimulation (a tour of the library, which I know sounds crazy boring, but was actually fascinating) and repeatedly saying “I can’t believe we’re actually in New York!” I mean, technically, the second half of our day had its fair share of excitement and intellectual stimulation (The Metropolitan Museum of Art is nothing to joke about). I think, however, that the second half of the day is best summarized by this photo taken at the Met.
This photo was taken during an embarrassingly long break* where the three of us tried to pull together enough collective energy and brain power to make a decision about what to do next. It pretty much sums up how we were all feeling: tired, confused, a little distressed. Believe it or not, we managed to summon a second third bazillionth wind (and I think more impressively, remained friends at the end of the conversation).
Pro tip to all you people out there considering this type of trip: there is no such thing as over-planning your day. Listen to me. You will be tired exhausted practically dead at some point in the day. You will be unable to process information. And you will be frustrated that your travelling companions are just as exhausted and brain dead as you. Make as many decisions as humanly possible when you’re all well-fed and well-rested. You’ll avoid losing an hour sitting on a bench trying to connect to free wifi so you can decide if it’s time to eat or take a ferry ride or if you’d rather just curl into a ball and give up on life. Not that that happened to us. But trust us. #wespeakfromexperience
After a final dinner in the Big Apple (which of course included some Coca-Cola to get the energy levels back up), we started making our way out of the city. As we were sitting in a row of cars, listening to the angry honking and shouts of other drivers, we realized something. We could do this again. Another city, another adventure. So now it has become a challenge.
It’s probably fitting that New York was just the start of something bigger. Because like Jay-Z knows
there’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
The lights will inspire you
*let’s just say that I’m pretty sure the security guard thought we were planning a heist. #anhouronabench #ipromisewe’rejusttired