A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of spending some much needed big girl time in New York City with my couSiS (cousin/sister) Julie, and our very young and super hip aunt Cherelle. This visit was long overdue!
Let me tell you, it was one hysterically gut busting, good eatin’, smorgasbord-for-the-senses-good time!
Having only been to the “Big Apple” once before with my in-laws several years ago when Marley Bear was just a baby, I really wasn’t able to get the full flava of the city.
This time was very different.
I was completely immersed in that iconic NY culture, so much so, that well…I pretty much felt like a born-again New Yorker.
But you have to be in good shape, both mentally and physically, to live in the big city. I’m pretty sure we walked nearly 15 city miles, and caught no less than 10 brain-twisting trips on the subway daily. Plus we increased our carbon footprint by discarding no fewer than five fliers, pamphlets, and brochures per block for shows and various activities. After awhile, I even learned how to not accept them… politely.
And how about all of my preconceived notions about New Yorkers? Loud, arrogant, gruff, rude, and inconsiderate – armed with their thick accents, coney dogs and pizza slices! Heck, I thought half of those city slickers were intent on picking my pocket or swindling me outta my travelers checks.
I was expecting to see a parade of drug addled, sideshow freaky people (well, we did see a few of those, but hey, no judgement) who planned on accosting me at every turn while I walked, eyes down and shoulders hunched, clutching my purse for dear life.
Instead, I discovered very helpful, friendly, hospitable, seemingly honest folks, who contributed to an amazing and flavorful trip.
Julie even lost her credit card, but it was returned to her the next day. How’s that for busting the stereotype of the impatient, wise-guy borough dweller!
Heck, we even scored free breakfast our last day there at Cherelle’s cute little neighborhood coffee shop.
Not to mention, all the things that the big city has to offer. Our itinerary over the course of two days included a lot, but my favorites included:
- The Broadway Show Kinky Boots.
- The off broadway show King Liz.
- A Double Decker bus tour ride.
- Dizzy Gillespie’s Restaurant and Music bar.
- Times Square.
- China Town shopping.
- Red Rooster Soul Food restaurant.
- 9/11 Memorial
This trip was such a fun and eye-opening event, that we’ve decided to make it an annual affair!
We felt like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte.
Until the next time ladies…
And speaking of Charlotte…Meanwhile, back at the ranch in Charlottesville, the husbands where dutifully holding down the fort like good daddy’s should…a couple of regular ol’ Good Fellas.
Big Eddie, Lil Eddie, and Langston came up from North Carolina to keep Marc and the girls company while we were living it up in Gotham. Instead of Three Men and a Baby, there were Two Men and Five Babies. But no surprise, they held it down like they do!
Thanks gentlemen for helping to making this trip possible. Get ready to do it all again next year.
Keep your burp cloths handy!