Here are some pics from the latest adventure. The biggest lesson learned..."Flat" Mike is just plain boring compared to the real thing. While he was basically with me in spirit, it just wasn't the same. I missed the little guy. I'm 100% positive, however, that I would not have been allowed in several touristy locations with him in tow. Seeing as how you basically have to undress for security every time you enter a building, foot tall ceramic garden gnomes would more than likely be construed as a weapon :) "Flat" Mike served his purpose though, and many stories could be told of Emily's Adventure in New York.
The quick and (not so) dirty on the trip:
- Traveling through NYC feels very similar to getting lost in a foreign country. The tightly packed city was so much more diverse than I was prepared for. English was, by far, the minority language and everyone seemed to speak in an awesome accent. I met several Australians (who don't just go on vacation... they GO on vacation) and had my picture awkwardly taken (or stolen) with a gentleman of Asian descent on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
- Manhattan was much cleaner than I expected. I did see rats and maybe almost screamed, but I didn't cause too much of a ruckus.
- Broadway is awesome. Cute boys on Broadway are even more awesome. I got to see Newsies and First Date, and both were spectacular!
- I will never, EVER, say again that I want to spend New Year's Eve in Times Square. Too much crazy and way too many "interesting" smells.
- My fashion choices would not fly for more than a weekend in the big city. But then again, I already knew that...
It's' true, the city never sleeps and everything is at your fingertips which is pretty darn cool. So in memory of a fantastic trip, I'm going to drive with my hand permanently attached to the horn of my car, use street directions as guidelines, and walk quickly and with purpose everywhere I go. Oh New York City...I'm going to miss you.