Those of you who are reading this should be applauding. Go ahead, you can do it right now. Why do I deserve your praise, you might ask? Because this year it only took me one week to blog about my New York trip. That’s right, one week. Instead of… six months, like last year. I’m totally becoming a better person.
Amber came and stayed at my place for almost a week, and we decided that since she had never been to the east coast before and New York is only a four hour bus ride away it was necessary for us to take a quick jaunt up to NYC. Annie, the world traveler, had somehow never been there before either, and since she was even closer to the city than us we all splurged on a hotel and met up for an adventurous weekend. We were only there for 32 hours, but we packed it full with all sorts of fun, which will be showcased in the pictorials below.
First stop: Times Square. We decided to embrace being tourists.
We accidentally found a Pylones store, which was the company that made almost all of the stuff we loved at our most favorite London store – Octopus. I may have bought a robot kitchen timer that I originally fell in love with in London. Is it the most important thing I could have spent my money on right now as an unpaid intern? No. Did I want it? Very much so. That won.
Annie and I are slightly obsessed with 30 Rock, so we made a stop by the grand building itself. Tour tickets were sold out already for the day, but we hung out in the area for a while content with ourselves.
We then pretended like we were going to get half price tickets for a musical. Until we realized they were still a million dollars and we had plenty of other things to do.
Amber had a short list of things she wanted to do, one of which was going to Tiffany’s to pay homage to the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Also on the list was the never-ending and magical Central Park, where we spent many hours on a quest to find The Sidewalk and Rom Com bridge.
Amber made friends with the bubble man, who was super nice and let her become his bubble apprentice. He also fulfilled Amber’s requirement that she see a famous person, because he was totally on the last episode of Glee.
Annie was really excited the whole time we were in FAO Schwartz.
We played dress up and princesses and colored pictures and made friends with Indiana Jones and played on a giant piano and did whatever we wanted.
Ginormous stuffed animals are still really desirable, in case you were wondering. They’re just so fluffy and friendly.
Now that I’m thinking about it, this wonderful toy store totally could have had it’s own post…
As you’ve probably noticed, none of us ever really grew up. So we needed candy for fuel.
Times Square at night. You didn’t think we’d only go once, did you? Our hotel was actually super close.
We went other places too, like Serendipity and Grand Central Station.
Our final stop together was The Strand, which is a fabulous and famous bookstore with a funny little coincidence – the wife of the Senator I’m doing my internship for, Senator Wyden, actually owns and runs it. We came away with a stack of books we recommended for each other.
We parted with Annie because her bus left a little earlier, and then Amber and I went and chilled on the steps at Times Square, watching the pre-Tony’s crowd. A wonderful trip all around.