Looking at the MTA subway map before going to NYC was a silly thing to do. No matter how many times I looked at the map, I couldn’t make sense of what I was seeing. There were colours, letters and numbers, darting across Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens; none of which seemed to follow a pattern I could pick up on. It freaked me out! I fancy myself to be pretty city savvy having lived in Toronto for almost eight years, but looking at that damn map…
Let’s just say it’s a good thing my husband is a quick study when it comes to getting around.
My initial observation about NYC? There are a LOT more people. I think it’s easier to adapt to the flow of NYC when you’re from a city as big as Toronto but when you’re not sure what the local culture is like it can be intimidating. That brings me to my next subject: the people. Kind, funny, accommodating and just lovely. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I found New Yorkers to be NICER than Torontonians. We all need to smile more – it’s such a small thing that make such a huge impact.
We walked around NYC like we walk around Toronto: without a destination. We made a few reservations and had a handful of key landmarks we wanted to check out, but otherwise we wandered the streets. With quiet joy, we blended in and absorbed our surroundings. Sleeping in, eating like Kings and acting as if we had been living there forever.
The only true downside of this trip in my opinion was the weather. IT WAS SO HOT. Do you know how stupid it is to walk the Brooklyn Bridge at 2:30 in the afternoon when it’s like, 32 degrees with no clouds!? I do! I thought I was going to have the worst sunburn in the history of sunburns (regardless of the SPF 30 I had put on in the morning) but guess what? I GOT A TAN.
… So basically I’m not as pale as I was before the trip. It’s not really a tan. Just less pale.
Alright, on to the photos. Stay tuned for Part II sometime in the near future highlighting touristy NYC!