Not quite a ludicrous as the title suggests, but not far off. May 2015, and a grand adventure awaited! Two lovely friends of mine were getting married in the Catskills, upstate New York at the end of May, so as well as this being a wonderful thing, it was also a great time to create an adventure. Whilst on that side of the world, it would have been rude not to. (Catskills blog to follow soon).The main criteria for adventure were Spanish speaking, and easy access for the three of us reuniting from London and Hong Kong.
En route to Costa Rican jungles and beaches, I stopped off in New York with the gorgous bride to be! After a sixteen hour flight, I got a train to Penn Station and emerged into Madison square feeling delighted, and rather pleased with myself. Backpacks on my front and back, I did not fit in at all as the merry revelers stumbled past, slurring a New York welcome my way! Being the tourist that I so clearly was, I took the obligatory ‘selfie’ and ‘yellow cab’ photos before hailing said cab, adding another tourist cliché to the list. This time around,
I managed to request the correct cross street location like a local – something that threw me off completely on my first visit last year. It's actually a very simple grid system, but when you come from the curvy intricacies of London, numbers and cross sections seem a little odd at first!
After late night catch ups and gossip I managed some intermittent sleep, but was soon ready to check out New York City once again. There’s nothing like a Saturday morning stroll across Central Park catching up with a good friend. A lovely time of year to be there, the trees were blossoming and it was a perfect temperature. We walked across to Upper East Side, passing the throngs of Saturday morning joggers in the park. It's very organized, with the cyclist lane and the runners lane, and runners are even directed which way round to go. I am not usually a distance runner but I can see the appeal here, although don't hold me to that if I ever end up in New York for an extended period of time!
Upper East Side was very pretty, and full of designer shops and
pricey real estate! A girl can dream right? Amid all our catching up, we ended up walking from 92nd to 34th street when we realized we were quite hungry for brunch! We stopped at ‘Hill and Bay’ for a delicious brunch – and I squeezed in one more tourist classic, indulging in the “New Yorker” bagel of course, and cocktails to kick start the holiday! Brief but wonderful, I’d had my little fix of New York, and was looking forward to coming back again soon…but first, it was time to head back to Newark and catch a plane to San Jose, Costa Rica!
http://www.hillandbay.com/ - Nice place for brunch: Corner of 32nd Street and 2nd Street.
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