A Quick Trip to New York

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I just got home from a quick trip down to New York.  My friend Inna (a recurring character on the blog as she calls herself) lives down there and since it's been several months since I've seen her, we decided it was time for me to get down to the city.

Because of all the New Years plans going on, I wasn't able to get down there until the 2nd and I could only stay until the 3rd.  Just by coincidence, another friend from Ireland, Clíodhna, happened to be visiting the states so we coordinated meeting down in New York.

I took a super early bus down there and we managed to completely fill the day with activities.  We attempted to go to the top the Empire State Building, but there are still a million tourists in the city from New Years so the line was over 3 hours long.  Instead we decided to go to the Met.  I've been to New York a few times, but I had never been to this museum.
Fun Fact: All of my things for the weekend were packed into that bag.  I'm pretty much a professional light packer.
The rooms of Egyptian art, architecture, and artifacts were my favorite.  Knowing these things were thousands of years old is just so cool to me.  It's hard to look at these items and not start imagining the stories behind them (of course there are plenty of placards that actually DO tell the story behind them, but sometimes I like to let my imagination wander).

After visiting ancient Egypt, we made our way to the 19th/early 20th century European paintings.  I will never pretend to know much about art or artists, but I do love looking at all of the paintings.  I rarely have more to say about them than "that's so pretty" or "the lighting on that one is cool," but I still enjoy them nonetheless.  I did get pretty excited to see Van Gogh, but that was mainly because of the episode of Doctor Who that he appeared in.  I know that was fiction, but I did feel a little closer to him than I did most of the other artists in the room.

 After the Met we went to find food.  We ate at this tiny authentic Mexican place.  I didn't see the name of the place while we were there, but after some internet sleuthing I found that it was called El Aguila.  Despite the crowds we experienced everywhere else, we had this small three-tabled shop to ourselves and it was perfect.
From there we headed to Rockafeller Center.  Before  checking out the tree we watched a light show on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue.  We then entered the mob scene that was Rock Center.  The tree was beautiful, but there were so. many. people.  I think the traffic was mostly caused by the Lego store, but we almost just turned around and left.  Luckily we made it through the mob and out the other side and, because we hadn't quite experienced enough crowds, we decided to head over to Time Square.  Ironically this was the least crowded place we visited.
 It was getting pretty cold at this point so we headed back to Inna's apartment to relax.  We had sangria, ordered thai/sushi, and watched some TV.  The plan was to go out, but by 10 pm I was struggling to keep my eyes open.  My friends graciously forgave me for being a big bum and went out without me.  It sounds like they had a great night but got home close to 5am, so I'm glad I made the decision to not even try.

Because of the late night the girls had, we spent most of Saturday in our pjs drinking tea and watching tv.  When I had originally planned this trip, that was about all I was expecting to do, but since we had Clíodhna in NYC for the first time we were motivated to cram a lot more into our short time there.

It was so nice seeing the girls and, although it might be a long time before I see either of them again, I know we'll have a great a time as we did this past week.


  1. Oh, New York looks even like a more wonderful place in Christmas, wish I could visit someday!
    Seems like you had a great weekend there :)

  2. It looks like you had an amazing visit with your friends! I hope I'll get to visit NYC finally this year :) Love all the pics. I hope you'll have a very happy, healthy, wonderful new year! :)