Welcome to New York

This post was rather delayed, as someone left her phone in a taxi, because she was far too worried about her Christmas tree and Ikea meatballs to bother to check if she had everything…oops! So now I am semi- un contactable and Instagram-less ๐Ÿ˜ฆย 

The layover flew by in a New York minute!

The layover flew by in a New York minute!

I can’t really explain it in any other way, I just knew (and hoped) my first US flight would be to New York. The roster Gods smiled upon me as my swap was accepted for JFK instead of Houston. ย (Houston we do NOT have a problem) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย I was immediately excited and celebrated by calling, what sapping and Skyping every person I knew who was awake and on ground. Then came the packing! Lucky I have so many nice winter clothes, especially a great pair of comfy but classy boots from my mum ๐Ÿ˜€ I also packed a huge jacket, my poncho, and about 5000 layers of thermal clothing because, let’s face it, I’m Australian and I feel the cold.

During the briefing and all through the flight (as long and tiring as it was) I was so happy because once it was all over I would have 24 glorious hours in the city that never sleeps! Actually, neither did I…not before the flight, hardly during my crew rest and certainly not after! Once we passed through customs (Welcome to ‘Merica, ma’am) and I got a sneaky stamp on my passport we went on the bus to travel into the heart of the city (Times Square) where our hotel is. I audibly gasped when I saw the Empire State building and the ย massive skyline in the distance, it was like something out of a movie! Due to the fact that I am a massive nerd, I had a playlist all ready to go for the bus ride, which mainly consisted of Taylor Swift and any song that mentions New York. So really, I did have a bit of a movie situation going on in my head! Moving on…

Once we were changed and feeling slightly more human (not an easy feat when the local time reads 11am and the time in Dubai is getting close to dinner time), I met up withfellow Capricorn Gaia, and we set off for a nearby diner to have pancakes…pretty much the only thing getting us through our really long flight! The result was heavenly. I had cinnamon crunch french toast with a side of Bacon…yum!

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After breakfast we admired Times Square by day and then went to the iconic Central Park and I had hotdogs! Which were tiny, but very yummy nonetheless!

teeny tiny hot dogs!

teeny tiny hot dogs!

Typical eating shot ft. NY hotdog!

Typical eating shot ft. NY hotdog!

Fall Leaves and Colours

Fall Leaves and Colours

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Gaia and I :)

Gaia and I ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up on my list was 5th Ave, so that I could see all the shops, and the original Tiffany & Co. where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck filmed “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Naturally, I had to buy something small, recreate the opening scene and revel in the beauty of the heart of the concrete jungle ๐Ÿ˜€

"I'm just crazy about Tiffany's"

“I’m just crazy about Tiffany’s”

Lucky Gaia was up for being my patient photographer for the day. Thanks Gaia! We then walked down 5th Ave, went to Barnes and Noble (book heaven), found the Empire State Building, Grand Central station and many more beautiful New York landmarks in-between.

Post Card Worthy!

Post Card Worthy!

Empire State of Mind

Empire State of Mind

Patriotism in Grand Central

Patriotism in Grand Central

"Somebody saw Serena get off the train at Grand Central!" Gossip Girl moment...

“Somebody saw Serena get off the train at Grand Central!” Gossip Girl moment…

5th Ave

5th Ave

It was a tiring and magical day, finished off with a steak in Times Square and some M&Ms from M&M world. A great layover that really took it out of me, but every day spent in bed with a cold afterwards was worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Caffeine hit number 3467 for the day.....

Caffeine hit number 3467 for the day…..

yummmm! Too much sugary awesomeness in one shop!

yummmm! Too much sugary awesomeness in one shop!

Times Square at Nightfall

Times Square at Nightfall

Times Square at Dusk

Times Square at Dusk

The ROCK!

The ROCK!

Blending in at Grand Central

Blending in at Grand Central

10 thoughts on “Welcome to New York

  1. Hi Taylor, My name is Gabe and I live in the Bronx in New York City. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, learning what it’s like to be a flight attendant (and I’ve really appreciated your honesty as well) and traveling the world through your photos. It looks like a really fun career, albeit one I don’t think I’d be able to do since I’m already settled down, but it’s fun to see it through your eyes. Thanks for this fun post about my home city. Looking forward to more posts to come!

    • Hi Gabe, thanks for reading and for the feedback (I think the honesty is important)! It is a very fun and rewarding career, although the fun comes with certain sacrifices (like any job) so I’m trying to make the most of the good and ride out the not-so-good. I’m glad you like the post about your home! I’m not sure any words or pictures could do it justice! Very enjoyable and I look forward to visiting again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. By the way, I can empathize with with leaving one’s phone in a taxi as I did it once here in New York when i was out with family friends. I think it’s a great story because once we realized that it was missing, we tracked it using Find My iPhone all the way to the depot in Queens. We then went out there and did get it back. Good luck with getting yours back!

  3. Hey..amazing blog. I just want to ask you if you can show us your resume itโ€™ll be really helpful.I am 17 and figuring out what should I do to get this job when Iโ€™ll be 21 or 22 like you did. Plzzz

    • Thanks Shalini! I don’t really think your resume is the only relevant way of securing this job, you don’t need any specific experience, except maybe customer service (which comes with most high school jobs anyway). You just have to have the right personality type, apply and see what happens! Good luck

  4. Just found your blog and I’m already addicted (in a non creepy way ๐Ÿ˜) Thanks for sharing your exciting life and keep up the good work!

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