Travel Journal – New York, Day One

Empire State Building

New York – the energy, the vitality, the creativity and the hustle and bustle of the city – I think those are the first things anyone notices about New York. Second of all, was how this city manages to make anyone feel completely at home. Thirdly – how many amazing places there are to visit in this city from restaurants and bars to museums and urban green spaces – one week was definitely not enough time spent in this city.

I think spending my birthday in New York this year was possibly the best birthday present I received – as well as spending it with the best person in my life. And yes, there were the times we had the odd couple squabble (this was our first time travelling as a couple), the times we were simply sweating in the humidity, especially in the stinking hot subway, the times when jet lag caught up with me in the early evening and just made me so grumpy – but I wouldn’t have changed a moment of it. And so without further ado, here’s my mini travel notes of those magical seven days in New York.

Day One:

After an incredibly long flight from Perth by way of Dubai, my plane finally touches down at JFK. I’m tired but incredibly excited and also totally happy to see J, who has come to pick me up at the airport (he’s been in America for the last couple of weeks on a summer course for his MBA). We take a taxi to his hotel where we stash my things before heading on a walk to check out Times Square and to grab a drink before moving on to our gorgeous home away from home in NY – a charming little studio apartment in the West Village.

NY AirBnB Apartment

After settling in, we spend some time walking around the neighbourhood – our apartment is pretty close to the Hudson River and the iconic Bleecker and Christopher Streets and we had a lot of fun checking out the shops and restaurants and bars. We ended up having dinner at the fun and funky (though I suspect quite touristy) Caliente Cab Co. I don’t know how it happened but somehow we ended up ordering the chips and guacamole for an appetizer…whereupon they rolled out this HUGE bowl of guacamole!

After the huge meal, we decided some drinks were in order and ended up at the Garage where we sipped cocktails and listened to some live jazz before turning in for the night.


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