I’ve learned a lot from my recent trip to New York City (aka The Big Apple) for the biggest social media conference among women, otherwise known as BlogHer. Many lessons include the differences of raising kids in a big city as compared to the country, it has distinct smells all it’s own, as well as many more.
Upon arriving to NYC my travel conference partner and I were greeted by her brother, whom lives in Manhattan. He spared us a cab ride from the airport to our hotel by picking us up and giving us a tour of his family’s Manhattan apartment, many landmarks, lunch at a Turkish restaurant, dessert at a fine chocolate store, and so much more. While sightseeing I enjoyed watching their two boys, close to my sons ages, and realized they are a lot alike. Thanks Mike!
During our visit to NYC we headed down to Time Square and stood in aw of everything that made up the popular tourist attraction. I have to say it had an unpleasant scent of it’s own and believe it or not I found myself preferring the bad smells of the country over that. Oh my gosh am I becoming a country girl? I guess so.
I was anticipating rude and pushy people, constant crowds of people, and the fear of getting lost. Believe it or not I found myself comfortable walking the streets of Manhattan and it was enjoyable. There were spotty crowds of people, but I noticed it gets more crowded the closer you get to Time Square.
There were a couple of times were a local noticed we needed some direction and they stopped to help. We learned there are other modes of transportation that cost less than a cab ride and one of which was the Subway. It was intimidating at first, but once we took the chance and road from the World Trade Center Memorial back to 54th street we found it was easier than we thought.
Looking forward to returning in the future, but I must say I wouldn’t mind trying big city living for a year; however, that will never happen.
Have you been to New York City?