I am finally writing about something besides running! :)
This is a super long post btw!
On Saturday, G and I went to NYC!
We haven't been in 3 years and were excited to head down to the big apple :)
The awesome thing is that two of our friends moved down there last month and we were able to spend some time with them, yay!
We took the train from the capital, Albany.
Last time we went to the city, we drove 2 hours to catch the train.
Well we learned really quick that was not ideal.
When we got back to our car, we were so beat but we still had to drive 2 hours home!
This time we took the train that was super close to our house!
We were so excited that we were going to get to NYC in 2 hours and 35 minutes!
|On the train!|
We arrived in NYC and we came out of of Penn Station.
Every time I travel to NYC, I usually arrive at Grand Central so I was a little confused at first.
G had booked the trip so I just assumed we were coming out of Grand Central.
Nope! But we realized that we were literally under Madison Square Garden!
I told G that it would be super easy to come here for a concert because all we have to do is take the train down, walk out of Penn, wait in line, watch the concert, and walk back under Penn!
Easy Peasy :)
This is what our day looked like...
|Look at the sun!|
We had planned weeks ago to come on this day and had purchased the tickets.
It was SO hot!
The temperature was 96 degrees BUT the FEEL was 109 degrees!
Seriously, it was so darn hot! We were sweating like crazy!
Once we arrived in NYC, we walked to Times Square.
One of the things I wanted to do was go to the M&M store because I wanted COCONUT M&M's,
When we were in the city 3 years ago, this was the only place I could find them.
They ARE so stinking delicious.
I didn't see them.
I asked an associate and THEY DISCONTINUED THEM!
My whole day was ruined.
I legit almost started crying and G was laughing at me.
He thought I was a fool.
So I purchased peanut M&M's because #whynot.
Fun Fact: Did you know there are 5 M&M stores in the world?
1. Las Vegas, Nevada 2. New York City 3. Orlando, Florida 4. London, England 5. Shanghai, China
We have been in the Las Vegas and NYC stores. G says we have a good chance visiting 4 out of the 5 stores. He has no interest in going to China, lol!
We were planning on meeting our friends in the afternoon.
Around this time it was 11am and we were hungry!
We decided to go to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.
It is one of my favorite places to eat in the city.
Well it turned out not to be so great.
I like their burgers and I noticed on the menu that they didn't have a basic burger.
All I wanted was a burger with tomato, pickle, ketchup, and mustard.
I asked the waiter if I could order that and he said that was fine.
Now, their other burgers were $17.95!
It has gotten super pricey there!
It use to be like $14 for a burger.
Usually, when you order something more basic, they discount the price.
They charged me $17.95 for the burger and it was DISGUSTING!
It was so thick and soooooooo basic.
I couldn't even finish it.
G and I were so disappointed that we plan on not returning the next time we go to the city.
After lunch, we found a Jamba Juice!
I had a mango smoothie and it made me smile!
Then we met up with our friends, YAYYYYYYY!!!
We were so excited to see them! We hadn't seem them in about 2 months, maybe??
I am so fortunate that G has always liked my friends' significant others.
Every friend that I have had and we have met their boyfriend/girlfriend, he has always been able to get along with them which makes "double dates" easy! :)
Our friends had a few places for us to visit and we were more than happy to go exploring.
FYI: Times Square is NOT the only thing in NYC ;-)
My friend had asked if we have ever rode the subway.
I was like "ummm, yes I believe so."
The first time we have ever ridden a subway system was in Paris!
They call it the "Metro" and we became "Metro Pros" in two days when we were visiting Paris. It seriously made traveling so much easier!
Well the subway system in NYC is so confusing!
It is definitely similar to Paris but thank goodness my friend knew what she was doing because G and I were lost!
We got on the subway and walked to "The High Line."
To sum it up in my own words: The High Line was created around old rails in NYC. They let plants and what not grow over old rail road tracks. There is a nice pathway and plenty of spaces to sit and relax. They even have water fountains.
Fun Fact: This concept was inspired from Paris :) who had done something similiar in the 90s.
On a cooler day, the High Line would have been on point.
There is some shade but not enough for a "109 degree" day!
|One of the views! We wanted to jump in the Hudson!|
|The High Line|
Don't ask me why we sat outside when we should have sat inside the market.
Probably because we are cool kids :)
Our friends wanted to take us to the "The Strand" which is a huge book store!
Three levels of books - you can buy new, used, and rare books.
It was super cool!
Instead of taking the subway, we took an Uber.
We took all sorts of transportation while in the city.
|The third floor - rare and used books.|
After visiting some books, it was time to get our dinner on.
We couldn't decide on a place to eat so we decided to wing it and just walk around until we found something.
We had to take the subway back to Times Square.
Fun Fact: The people in New York City call the subway "the train." This kept confusing the heck out of G and I. Just call it the subway :)
While we were trying to figure out a place to eat, we happened to see a place on a corner called "The Counter" where they had burgers and fries.
I wasn't too hungry and I definitely did not want a burger.
I ordered a "simple salad" and fried pickles.
Oh.M.GEE!!!!! The fried pickles were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They were thick dill pickles and they served them with apricot sauce - SO SO SO GOOD!
The boys created their own burgers and were in absolute heaven!
The Counter was super good!
I did have a problem with my order but they fixed it quick and our waitress was super nice.
It was a little tight in there but it was great to try a new place!
|Fave new restaurant!|
After this, G and I had about 45 minutes until we needed to leave to catch the train.
The train, not the subway ;-)
My friend wanted dessert so we decided to wonder until we found something.
Well, they found Coldstone!
I was still so full from dinner, that I did not partake in dessert.
Plus, Coldstone upsets my stomach.
Sadly, it was time for us to leave.
We said goodbye and made promises to come spend a weekend with them and explore more of the city.
G and I went back to the train station.
Luckily, for us our train was on time.
We were sad that our awesome, hot day had come to an end but we were glad to be going home.
We needed to shower like no other and our feet had hurt from walking around all day.
|The view on the way home :)|
We stopped at the Rhinecliff station around 9pm and we seemed to be sitting there for a really long time.
I thought that maybe a lot of people were getting off this station until an announcement was made...
A tree had fallen across the tracks - a LARGE tree - and we could not move until a crew came to remove it.
The people who worked on the train had no idea how long it would take us.
We were 45 minutes from being home!
TWO stops away!
I texted a few of my friends to tell them.
One of my friends lives 30 minutes away from Rhinecliff and offered to come pick us up.
At first, I felt bad because it would take him 30 minutes to come get us, than an hour to drive us to Albany, and then about 40 minutes to drive back to his house.
He bet me that the tree would be cleared up by 10:30pm and I said it would be cleared up by 11pm.
Well at 10:35pm, we were told that the clean up crew had NOT arrived and that it could take hours.
So I texted my friend and he came to pick G and I up.
It was suppose to take us 2 hours and 35 minutes to get back home!
It took us 6 hours!
G and I kept thanking my friend for coming to get us!
He was seriously a life saver.
G and I got home around 1:30AM and were beat.
We climbed into bed and were passed out.
I didn't wake up until 10am on Sunday!
G and I were super curious to find out what time the train had arrived at Albany.
It arrived at 4:36am!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank goodness my friend came and got us!
I texted him and thanked him again for coming to get us.
I am so thankful for good people in my life!!
We tried NOT to let the train incident dampen our day because we had a great time in HOT NYC with our friends!
We also remained positive and said what we were grateful for:
1. This happened coming home so we could see our friends!
2. The tree did not fall on us or anyone else.
3. It happened at a train station!
4. We were not stranded. We were in our home state only an hour or so from home.
5. If worse came to worse, we could have called our parents to come and get us.
You always have to stay positive :)
OVERALL, a great day!
Have you ever had a travel incident?
Do you like day trips or prefer overnight stays?
Keep Running Like a G!