Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 3: Union Square, Museum of Sex, Grand Central Station, High Line, Chelsea Market

Union Square was one of my favorite places! The buildings are older and the whole place made me feel so happy. It wasn't a specific place on our list, but instead happened to be our subway stop while heading to the Museum of Sex. We stopped at Forever 21 for Victoria could pick up a new pair of shoes and I hunted down some contact solution at a close by Duane Reade. Our next stop was the Museum of Sex!

Straight from Wikipedia: "The museum focuses on a variety of sexual preferences and subcultures, including lesbian and gay history and erotica, BDSM, pornography, and sex work."

On one floor I was watching some of the first porn footage ever created and in a different area I was looking at the history of sex toys. My favorite place was the boob bounce house! I'm sure this museum is not everyone's cup of tea, but I highly suggest going if you are ever in NYC.

Next we took a train into Grand Central Station!
It was huge and so beautiful!
Pictures do not do this place justice.
You definitely have to experience it first hand in order to get the real feel of the place.

Right across the street from Grand Central Station is Pershing Square.
It's a cute restaurant where scenes in the movies Friends with Benefits and the Avenger's were filmed.
We were going to eat there, but with one glance at the menu we decided to walk out and find a place where salads are not $20.

After we grabbed quick bite to eat at Cafe Metro we hopped on one subway and a bus to Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. 
We went on the High Line.
It's an old above ground railway that the city turned into a walking path.
It's a beautiful bit of nature in the middle of all the craziness.

It was beautiful seeing nature reclaim itself.
The view was spectacular and the walk itself was pretty long so you got to see a lot.
Chelsea has some really artsy modern buildings as well if you are into architecture!
In the same area of the High Line is Chelsea Market!
No picture could capture how adorable the inside of the market was.
Take my word for it and just go to it, especially if you are hungry and looking for cute places to eat!
After our long day we ended back to Brooklyn.
For dinner we ate at a cute Indian restaurant on our block.
We started talking with the lady who was sitting next to us.
She gave us some really great suggestions on places to go!
People are so friendly here.

After Victoria hunted down some chocolate we went back to our warm apartment.
Another day down in the books!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Day 2: Rockefeller Center, 5th Ave, New York Palace Hotel

We had a late start for our first day in the Big Apple, but still managed to cram in a ton of stuff. We bought an unlimited ride 7-day metro card for our time here, which was a brilliant idea! We took the subway and the buses so many times just in our first day that it has practically paid for itself already. We are pretty much subway pro's at this point.

Our first stop was Central Park, which was actually not on the list today, but we got lost and stumbled upon it. We ran into it again towards the end of the day as well. It was cold and rainy so we decided that exploring would have to wait for another day.
We walked around the Upper East Side for a bit while looking for a place to eat.
We picked a cute little cafe called The Barking Dog.
The girls of Sex and the City were filmed eating there during episode 13 season 2. 

When we were walking in a random direction we found 5th avenue!
We didn't do any shopping, but I'm sure we will in the very near future.
St. Patrick's Cathedral was beautiful!
It was a place we didn't have on our list, but just got lucky enough to stumble across.
Rockefeller Center was a must see place on our list.
The famous Christmas tree is up until January 7th!
All of New York City is still full of Christmas decorations, which I love!

It was a super crowded area with it being a popular tourist attraction and being right next to a ton of 5th avenue shopping stores. 
I'm proud of the brave souls willing to ice skate in fronts of thousands of people!
The next place on our list was the New York Palace Hotel.
As Gossip Girl fans it was a must!
A bus was preventing us from getting a good picture.

It felt surreal actually walking through the gate and into the hotel.
If only my parents were rich New Yorkers!
By this point we were cold, wet, and tired.
We decided to call it a night and head back to Brooklyn.
We stopped at a cute grocery store on the way home and bought a few groceries.
At home we watched Gossip Girl and ate pizza, which was the perfect ending to our day.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

NYC: Day 1

Traveling cheap means you often run into fun situations that you could avoid if you weren't traveling cheap. For example: Victoria and I were on different flights to New York even though we left from the same airport in Florida. This occurred because we bought cheap tickets. So I got to take a nap on the airport floor, because Victoria's plane left 3 hours before mine. We also flew into two different airports in New York/New Jersey. 
Victoria got an uber to take her to the apartment we are staying in.
It was a super easy process for her so I decided to do the same.
My journey was less than perfect.

First, the wrong uber driver picked me up, but we didn't know that at first.
So while I was in essentially a complete strangers car he gets a phone call from the person he was actually suppose to pick up. 
After he freaks out, he decides to just change to be my uber driver and attempts to change it on my phone. He does this while driving and swerving in and out of the lane.

The uber driver I was suppose to have keeps calling and my new uber driver keeps hanging up on him. At that point I was convinced I was going to be kidnapped and murdered.
My uber driver gives up trying to figure out the uber app and I tell him I'll just pay him in cash.
He looks up the cost of a typical uber drive from Newark to Brooklyn, which is between $84-104. 

I don't have that kind of cash on me so I tell him I need to go to an ATM.
Once we get to Brooklyn he pulls up next to a bank and hits a parked car!
He then proceeds to drive away and says, "We can't use this bank anymore!"
So now I am part of a crime.

We pull up to a new bank and I insist on taking his phone with me.
I was not about to leave my bags in this strange guys car without having some collateral. 
He hands over his phone and jokingly asks if I want to take his scarf as well.

I finally arrive at my destination.
I insisted I would only pay him $60, because of the disaster I just dealt with.
He only tries to up the price once, but once I mention that Uber has no idea this transaction even occurred, he settles for my $60.

I get to the coffee shop that Victoria was at.
She had already made friends with the young barista named Doris.
I tell them about my adventure while drinking some coffee.
After making plans with Doris for later in the night we head over to our AirBnB.
After settling in we met up with Doris again.
She had us watch the coffee shop for her, while she started to close up!
Being from Wisconsin makes you trustworthy apparently.

Doris invited her friend JD to join us for dinner.
When we were walking it started to hail.
We ate at the Kimchi Grill and had some amazing tacos!
We talked to Doris and JD about every topic under the sun.
I felt like they were lifelong friends and nothing was off limits.
New Yorkers are pretty awesome!
Doris and JD then took us to the local bar called Crown Inn.
We drank a lot of cider and ended up meeting two guys from Serbia. 
When Doris and JD had to leave Victoria and I stayed and talked with the guys.
I'm definitely a nerd when it comes to conversations and Europeans can keep up!
Victoria and I stumbled back home in the AM.
We had the perfect introduction to New York.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas in Florida

Before our adventure in NYC, Victoria and I made a stop in Florida to celebrate Christmas with her family. Our time with her family flew by!

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with her extended family. 
We had a lot of good laughs!
It's fun getting to know your friends family.
At this point Victoria and I have our lives so intertwined people aren't even surprised that we spend holidays together.

It was a perfect mini-vacation between school and our time in NYC.
We just relaxed, watched movies, and spent time with family.
Lounging around was exactly what we needed after the crazy semester we just had.

My sister facetimed me when our extended family got together for Christmas.
It was nice seeing everyone and I actually felt missed!
I'm starting to think it was a good idea to skip a Christmas with my family, because people got a chance to miss me. 

Our week just flew by and before we knew it we were right back at the airport about to start a new adventure...