I spent this weekend in New York City! I took a bus down to New York on Friday afternoon and arrived Friday night. I stayed with my friend Gabri, who goes to NYU. I had so much fun sightseeing and vegan-restaurant-hopping and learning about New York from an expert! Here’s a picture we took when I first arrived:
On Friday, Gabri and went to dinner at a vegan restaurant called Peacefood. I got a portobello mushroom panini and Gabri got a roasted vegetable flatbread. I also got a cookie which was delicious. We saw our friend Jamie from high school perform with her improv group, Dangerbox. It was the first improv show I’ve ever been to and it will not be the last! It was different than I expected, but it was funny… especially Jamie’s parts!!
On Saturday, we got brunch at a vegetarian café called The Butcher’s Daughter. Gabri got the Smashed Avocado Toast Benedict, and I got the Soaked Organic Muesli. After finishing brunch, we walked around and went into a few stores. My favorite was Babycakes, a vegan and gluten free bakery where I got a salted caramel cupcake! (I want another one…or five) We also took pictures with the mural painted by Kelsey Montague – here’s mine:
(Of course I copied Taylor Swift’s picture with it and posted it on instagram with the same caption 😆 )
Then we walked around Central Park. It was a beautiful day! I loved walking around Central Park because there is so much going on. The scenery is stunning. There are cool statues (like the Alice in Wonderland one… which I’ll mention again!). Amazing artists sit in the open air mall and sell their creations. People hang out with each other, play sports, take pictures (we saw a newly engaged couple taking engagement pictures!), go running/jogging/walking, or just spend time alone. And perhaps the best part… THERE ARE SO MANY DOGS!
After going through Central Park, we walked to the American Museum of Natural History, which was so cool. We saw a REAL LIVE DINOSAUR!!!! See!?
It roared at me. It was so cool. (What’s that? Um, NO, that is not a skeleton, it’s a REAL DINOSAUR. Stop being a hater…)
I definitely want to go back there. We spent a while in the museum (I think about 3 hours – maybe more, maybe less) but we still didn’t even get to some exhibits – and I only read a few placards in the exhibits we went to. The museum is huge, and so full of history and interesting information. I really loved the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, which was all about the evolution of the human species.
After the museum, Gabri and I went back to her dorm and made pita flatbreads with her suitemates.
Sunday was my last day with Gabri but was just as fun-filled as the other two. We went to church in the morning then went to a coffee shop, where Gabri got a cappuccino, beautifully decorated with coffee art, and I got green tea.
Then we went to Washington Square Park and walked around, saw MORE DOGS, and took silly pictures on the new playground… for example:
As you can see, Sunday was also a beautiful sunny day! It was a little windy, but otherwise the weather was perfect!!
After going to the park, we had our final meal together of the weekend 😥 at a vegetarian restaurant called Red Bamboo. Gabri got vegetable fried rice and I got eggplant “parmesan” (with vegan mozzarella, which I was nervous about, but was actually really good!).
After lunch, we headed back to Gabri’s room where I gathered my things and headed off to the subway… but not to leave! I was going to meet up with my mom!! You see, I decided to stay in New York an extra day for Taylor Swift’s release of her new album 1989 (it is AMAZING, go buy it). I have not missed any classes this semester and (at least to me… not to my professors 😆 ) this was a pretty good reason to miss a day of class. I mean, it’s Taylor Swift, and I convinced my mom to come, so a few points off my grade seemed a pretty small sacrifice to make to spend time with my two favorite people. 🙂
On Sunday night, we walked around and went to dinner. Then, a few minutes after 11 PM, the album was released on iTunes!! So I stayed up to listen to it (imagine simultaneous dancing, singing, and near-crying from excitement…now you have a pretty accurate picture of me on Sunday night), while my mom slept in preparation for the early morning Monday…
We stood there and met other die-hard Taylor fans (“Swifties”) and very excitedly waited for Taylor to arrive. When she did, I got a video of her walking into the studio from about ten feet away! She waved and mouthed “I’ll be back!”. She kept that promise – before her interview, she came outside and hugged, talked to, and took selfies with fans! Unfortunately Taylor did not make it down to where we were 😥 … she stopped about 5 or 6 people short of us! One of the GMA anchors (Ginger 👿 ) came out and started setting up for a broadcast and we said “No!! Taylor’s coming!”. She said, “don’t worry, I won’t get in the way of you and Taylor!”. Well. Taylor turned and saw Ginger, and WENT BACK INSIDE. She didn’t want to interrupt a broadcast… but it was not even happening yet!! 🙄 It was okay, though, because I still had an incredible time and got to watch as other people finally met Taylor!
After GMA, we took a nap 🙂 then went out and about again. We went to lunch at Otarian, a vegetarian restaurant, and both got wraps which were delicious! We walked to Central Park and walked around for about an hour. Here is a picture we took on the Alice in Wonderland statue:
Finally, it was time to leave 😥 and go back to Scranton 🙂 We walked to the bus station and said our goodbyes, and both began our journeys back home. I got back last night. It was an amazing weekend and I definitely want to go back soon, but it is good to be back in Scranton!
Moral of the story:
– Buy 1989
Have a great week… I know you will if you get the CD 🙂