My Trip to NYC


Clearly based on the creativity of the title of the blog post, I’m exhausted. After 5 days in New York City, I’m wiped. But I need to document my trip now or I never will. Here goes.

Why I Went to New York

I originally booked my trip to NYC to see Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I saw the show, but it happened to be the first show after NPH was done. It didn’t ruin my trip by any means. I still had a blast.

Accommodations

I went outside my comfort zone and decided to stay at a hostel. It’s basically like dorm living, but instead of one roommate, you have 11! The hostel situation was pretty cool. I mostly kept to myself, but did meet people—mostly from Australia and the UK.

The main reason I decided to stay at a hostel was cost. It’s about $50/night to stay in a hostel, vs minimum $150/night in a hotel. Totally worth the savings.

This isn't a very good angle of the room. There were 6 bunks, 12 beds total. I got the back corner top bunk, which was awesome.

This isn’t a very good angle of the room. There were 6 bunks, 12 beds total. I got the back corner top bunk, which was awesome.

Travel

Everything with my flights and whatnot when very smoothly.  I somehow caught the right bus from the airport to the hostel (honestly I just hopped on one headed toward Manhattan). The subway system was easy to figure out and I used that to get around.

Monday

Again, I’m tired, so I’m just going to go through what I did each day.

Monday was my day to travel to NYC. I got up for a 7 a.m. flight out of Waterloo and got to the hostel by about 3 p.m.

I didn’t feel like venturing out on my own that night, but luckily the hostel had a planned walking tour of Brooklyn. It was a good way to meet a couple people and see the city with a group.

Our tour guide was Bill, a native Brooklyn-ite. He was adorable and clearly had a passion for the city. He showed us historical sites and great views of the city. The tour was a LOT of walking (about 5 hours straight), so I was exhausted when we got in around 10. Bed.

Tour guide Bill. Adorable.

Tour guide Bill. Adorable.

Tuesday

Tuesday, my first full day in the city, I pretty much just wandered around. I took the Staten Island Ferry and had lunch on the isle. Otherwise, I honestly just walked around and saw stuff. Nothing of note, but cool stuff nonetheless.

That evening, I partook in some free kayaking. It wasn’t like white-water kayaking or anything. Quite the opposite actually. Everybody got 20 minutes to just kayak around a small area of the Hudson. This provided amazing views of the skylines. I couldn’t take pictures, of course, because lord knows I would have dropped my phone in the water.

I did take a photo of other people kayaking. The skyline in the background wasn't even the good skyline.

I did take a photo of other people kayaking. The skyline in the background wasn’t even the good skyline.

Wednesday

Wednesday I did another good deal of wandering around. I went to the Union Square Farmer’s Market (thanks for the tip, Libby). And for those of you who know me, the follow is a big deal: I bought an apple and ate it without washing it. Yea, I know. I went all out on this trip.

After the market, I headed to the High Line, a rail line converted into a park. It was surprisingly busy, but really cool. I walked end to end.

Wednesday night was show night—Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It definitely would have been soooo much cooler with Neil Patrick Harris, but it was amazing anyway. And now I can say I’ve seen a show on Broadway! I have quite a few pictures from that night, but I’ll just share a couple here. I’ll put the rest on Facebook.

I took a picture with the guitar player...mostly because of his awesome mustache. Yes, it's real.

I took a picture with the guitar player…mostly because of his awesome mustache. Yes, it’s real.

The show sign.

The show sign.

Me being super happy to be in Times Square. Seriously, it was awful. I think it's the worst place on the planet. Too many people.

Me being super happy to be in Times Square. Seriously, it was awful. I think it’s the worst place on the planet. Too many people.

Thursday

My last day in the city. I made the most of it. I spent most of the day walking through Central Park (yes, you can spend all day doing that). I also went to the pool in the park because, well, sun.

I found a unique plant in its natural habitat in Central Park.

I found a unique plant in its natural habitat in Central Park.

Thursday night was a blast too. I headed to Marie’s Crisis bar. On my way, I saw a delightful ice cream shop, and got hit on by a homeless gentleman (not the only time this happened, just the most memorable).

Ice cream! I didn't have any because I had had Ben & Jerry's earlier that day.

Ice cream! I didn’t have any because I had had Ben & Jerry’s earlier that day.

So Marie’s Crisis is pretty much the best bar ever (again, thanks, Libby). There’s a piano and a piano player and he plays songs and everybody sings. Everybody. Including me. It was amazing. I almost didn’t leave.

But I did leave. And I headed to what I thought was a drag show but was actually a burlesque show so I left and went home and went to bed.

Conclusion

See, my headings are just lazy.

Overall, the trip was amazing. Everything went far too smoothly, and I’m so happy for that. I had a great time.

In case you didn’t realize, yes, I went alone. I’ve come to love traveling alone. The freedom and independence are incomparable. Highly recommend.

While I was gone, my little monkey stayed at Grandma and Grandpa’s (my parents’ house).

Somebody might have wanted to go for a walk.

Somebody might have wanted to go for a walk.

We were both quite happy to get home. Little miss is sleeping beside me, and bed is my next stop.