Saturday, October 29, 2011

Empire State of Mind

I'm back! I can't believe vacation is over, but at the same time I'm glad to be back in my own home. Zach and I went on a road trip to New York and Washington D.C. There's so much to say about each city, so I'll save D.C. for later and focus on NY.

New York was amazing in that overwhelming I-don't-know-where-to-look-first kind of way. Seriously. It was insane. Here are a few (obvious) things I learned the hard way while visiting the city:

1. It's really difficult to find parking. And also driving in general (NY taxi drivers live up to their stereotype – they are lunatics!). We spent more than an hour trying to find parking to visit Central Park. Then later that day we found out turning on a red light is prohibited at all times, after we received a $270 ticket from a not-so-understanding cop.

2. Wear comfortable shoes, because you will walk everywhere. I developed a slight fear of the subway after my first ride, so we walked a million blocks until I was limping and sitting down at every bench we passed.

3. Be aware of your belongings. Zach and I had almost made it to where our car was parked, when he turned to me in a panic, realizing the camera bag wasn't on his shoulder anymore. The camera bag holding not only the camera, but also my wallet! Thankfully we tracked it down at Barnes and Noble and everything was untouched. Relief!

Despite those small setbacks, we had a great time. We only visited for two and a half days, which we crammed with as much sight-seeing as possible.

The night we arrived!

Times Square

The red stairs in Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind music video

Zach posing in front of a protest

Giant rock in Central Park

Soaking up the sun in Central Park

9/11 memorial

I'll update soon with D.C. pictures! Hope you all have a great weekend.

xo Beth