On the first of November, NPY and I took off on Porter from their downtown airport, headed for New York for our second time in three years. We figured that our friends BiNK might not stay in that city for too much longer so we should visit and explore the city some more.
As much as I think I’m a planner, I’m not really that diligent about it. I added to a list I kept for months places to try that I picked up all around from personal and food blogs. I sent out some emails to arrange meet ups. But it was only in the last couple of days before the trip when I started and finished with one night of frenzied planning. I dropped the places I wanted to hit up–food and sight-seeing–on Google Maps to get a visual idea of which activities were close to which food. Then in the Google Docs word processor, I created an itinerary with as much detail as possible to organize all the days and feel planned out. Since we had access to wi-fi, I refined the itinerary every night with which MTA stations to start and end at and double-checked street addresses and intersections.
Our dining exploits (20 unique places over 6 days) are outlined across two blog posts. In addition, we visited Times Square again, watched Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, walked around Central Park just before the ING NYC Marathon, visited the new 9/11 Memorial, wandered through SoHo and Chinatown again, walked back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge, went on the NBC Studio Tour, mobbed a celebrity after his show, shopped on Fifth Avenue, visited Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, and walked on the High Line!
It’s always such a stark and jarring contrast to be back to the daily grind.
******** This is a blog series complementing my regular blog posts with the original idea was to share our parallel lives, NPY’s and mine, while I’m in Toronto and he’s in Vancouver, 3,400 km away. For me, it’s been pretty fun because I’m this long-time blogger and enjoy repackaging parts of my life in “blog bites”. It’s been more difficult for NPY who hasn’t experienced a change in scenery (although I do not think it is necessary) so I’ll be continuing this with just my photos. I might have something every day. I might not.