Travel

New York City & our first hurricane!

New York, New York!

One of the places I love to come back.

There are a few reasons:
1. It’s never boring – there is soo much to explore, you will never get bored. You can always find something to do. I love to explore it over and over again.
2. Sentimental reasons – I spent here a lot of time when I first moved to the US. I used to live in small town in New Jersey and I took a train pretty much every weekend up to the city.
3. Polish food – you can easily find polish food and even get some groceries. New York has a big polish community that’s why they have much more stuff than NC.
4. It’s so alive – I love the crowd. Maybe besides Union Square.. I cannot handle that. But the ‘normal’ street crowd, bring it on! It’s funny how quickly I can change the mode, to move and walk like a true New Yorker (well, in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ You DO NOT wait on the Don’t Walk sign.. that’s how you can stop a tourist ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 1

Coffee at Gregorys Coffee

I’ve decided no Starbucks for me on this trip. I wanted to explore different cafes and this one was one of them. The coffee was delicious! I got a cappuccino – not too sweet and stronger than the ones I’ve had before. I like my coffee stronger so that made me really happy!

Plus their interior is really cute!

Biking by Hudson River

Something we wanted to try in a long time but never had the chance. We got city bikes for the day and we took a stroll along the Hudson River. It was such a beautiful day!

You can get a bike for 30 minutes or a full day. Of course, we thought 30 minutes it’s not enough and chosen a full day.

We were done after 36 minutes…

High Line

We found this trail by accident. Saw it from the street and wondering what is it.

It’s such a cool place!

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattanโ€™s West Side. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design.

Lunch at Patiala Indian Grill

I got the Malai Kofta and garlic naan. I was surprised by the color of my gravy, it’s usually darker red. But it tasted good, maybe a bit too sweet for my taste.

My husband got Chicken Tikka Masala and was also happy with his order.

That was the best Indian food we had in NYC. We weren’t really lucky with it before. We got so spoiled with delicious Indian food in California it’s hard to find the same taste somewhere else.

Broadway Show – Book of Mormon

Let me just say this if you never have seen it, you have to do it ASAP!

We laughed so much! It’s a great show and I would love to see it again!

Few tips:
1. Don’t choose middle seats
2. The best choice would be balcony – right or left side
3. Don’t buy the big wine glass.

The seats are tiny. There is no space. Once you sit down you won’t be able to leave your row without everyone standing up to let you go.

Our seats were right in the middle.

I had this huge glass of wine.

I didn’t make it until the break.

I had to squeeze through and ask people to let me pass in the middle of the show. By the time I was done in the restroom, I’ve heard people coming in. The break has started. I was a bit embarrassed but also happy I didn’t wait for the break. The line was sooo long I’m not sure if I would be able to make it.

Next time I am getting the seats on the balcony. I was so jealous seeing people sitting so comfortably, and (mostly) being able to get up whenever they want to.

Day 2

Coffee at Voyager Espresso

Another cafe I got to visit. I was so excited to go there. I saw pictures online and I thought this place looks awesome!

Well…

I was kind of right, kind of not.

I couldn’t find it. I walked around twice before I found the building (it’s inside HSBC, you have to take the stairs down).
I was disappointed that is underground.
Then, the inside didn’t look as good as on the pictures.

It felt dirty and to be honest it was. I found a big piece of glass where I eas sitting.

I got the Ice Americano cause I saw pictures and I thought it’s so awesome the way they serve it. I wasn’t disappointed here. The coffee was really good. And the way it’s served it’s different than usual.

I would say the biggest minus was that the place felt dirty. Some signs pointing to the exact location would be nice too. You cannot change the location (underground, no view, no sunshine) but you can make sure it’s easy to find and clean.

I think the place has potential and would love to some changes.

Gym Time

No excuses!

I had my run planned for that day and I hoped I could run outside but that didn’t happen. I wanted to run to Brooklyn Bridge but unfortunately, it was raining and I wasn’t in a mood to get wet. I did my run inside and added short strength workout.

Take out dinner

I felt like something light for dinner. I got salad out from Zytin. It was delicious!

I ordered Coban Salad with chicken patties and yogurt sauce. The salad is really simple – cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, parsley, feta cheese, lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing. Pita slices on the salad.

The portion was perfect for me. I was starving after my workout!

Day 3

Breakfast at Baz Bagle

We walked 20 minutes to get gluten-free bagels. My husband is GF and he loves bagels so we thought it’s totally worth the walk. Plus it’s NY it’s always nice to walk.

They have soo many bagels it’s crazy!

I got Bunny Breakfast – eggs, salmon, whole wheat bagel and cream cheese. I have to say I was disappointed when I saw my plate. It looked really sad ๐Ÿ˜€ tasted great tho!

My husband got GF bagels – they are much smaller than regular bagels so he got two. He liked his bagel but said it’s nothing spectacular. Tasted like the ones you can get in a grocery store. That was a bit disappointing but I guess it’s great that as a gluten-free person you can enjoy your bagel in a restaurant.

Due to the hurricane, we decided to go back home one day earlier. Which wasn’t such a great idea how we learned later.
The plane crew urged us to sit our asses quickly so we can leave as soon as possible.
We were told that the storm is already really close and we might not be able to land in NC. The pilot said he won’t take any risk and if it’s not safe we will fly back to NYC. That already freaked me out.
Additionally, we found out there are 18 planes in front of us to leave so we have to wait.. That freaked me out even more cause in my head we were flying straight to the storm! I was thinking that we will probably die there and it will be my fault cause I asked my husband to change the flight. I know, such a drama queen ๐Ÿ˜€ But the thing is I don’t like storms, winds etc. I always freak out. Always.

The flight was bumpy, we had to stay sited and there was no service during the flight. Thank God I used the restroom before!

It was one of the worst flights I’ve experienced but we landed safely! Now we only had to got back home. It was windy, dark and raining. It wasn’t a fun drive but thankfully I didn’t have to drive. Otherwise, I think we would need to stay at the airport ๐Ÿ˜€

We got home and I was so happy and relieved.

I didn’t sleep well that night. It was really windy the whole night! We have trees behind our house that you can see from the bedroom. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw them moving right and left and couldn’t fall asleep again. I was watching the trees hoping none of them will end up in our bedroom until I passed out.

The next day… sunshine. That’s when I asked myself why did we even fly back earlier? But, oh well. We got safely home and nothing bad happened ๐Ÿ™‚

What this trip has taught me is to not to travel during hurricane season. I won’t have to stress out about the cats and the house. It will save me a headache ๐Ÿ˜‰

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