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 🙁
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. (Houston we do NOT have a problem) 😉 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 😀 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 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!
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!
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 😀
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.
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! 😀