I'm dangerously close to moving to New York City after this past weekend...
For graduation a couple of months ago I was given a Southwest Airlines giftcard and upon receiving it immediately exclaimed "I'm going to New York City!" The day my greatest friend Caitlyn (yes we have the same name, it's fine, we're used to it) told me she was moving to NYC I was already planning a trip to visit...just as soon as I got a couple of 'big girl job' paychecks under my belt.
We wasted NO time (or expense..whoops!) this weekend doing any and everything we could squeeze into about 56 hours. I had no agenda except that I wanted to walk across The Brooklyn Bridge and have a cutesy glass of wine on a rooftop somewhere (we spent probably 5 of our 56 hours on rooftops..it's actually the best). We basically ate our way through the boroughs with delicious brunches, burgers, Chicken Parmesan, and Insomnia Cookies squeezing a few rooftop cocktails in between. I got to see the amazing Manus x Machina exhibit at The Met after a stroll along Central Park, dove into the backstreets of Chinatown to enjoy a literal hole in the wall restaurant, lusted after everything and everyone in the Soho district, tootled around The Highline and the Chelsea Market, cried at how wonderful Dumbo, Brooklyn was, lounged around Spanish Harlem, and so much more.
Up until this past weekend I had put NYC into a box labeled 'Loud, Rude, Crowded, Smelly, Cold'. I'd been to the city probably 5 or 6 times prior so it felt justified. It wasn't until Caitlyn took me around the other 90% of NYC (that wasn't touristy Midtown; the only place I really ever visited in my past trips) that I realized that this place was NOTHING like I thought it was. New Yorkers are actually extremely pleasant people and the city has 1,000,000 things to offer outside of Times Square and the massive Christmas tree at The Rockefeller Center (I know my NY natives are cringing at how much I missed in my past trips to the city #sorry). So basically, I get it now and I love it!
I'd go back to this wonderful place in a heartbeat. I'm so thankful for an amazing friend who accommodated my childish excitement and wide-eyed wonderment at all of the 'new' I got to experience this past weekend. A friend who kicks her boyfriend out of the bed and onto the couch so I have a soft, free, adorable place to sleep (sorry Forrest, you're also incredibly awesome thank you so much for everything!). Grateful for a friendship that can stand the test of time, distance, and differing 'such is life' circumstances.
Thank you Caitlyn for an amazing weekend in your beautiful city. Until next time!