Now I Know Why They Call It The City That Never Sleeps.

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's been a week since I have been home from my big weekend in the big apple, and I'm not lying when I tell you that it has taken me this long to recover from my trip. In short, I had an amazing time. There was a moment on Sunday night or early Monday morning, depending on how you look at it, when I turned to my friends (some old and some new) and said, "this is one of the best nights of my life." Looking back, it truly was. I left feeling like New York was a city that I should have lived in a decade ago. A time when staying out until 3 am was the norm, and there would be no screaming children the next day to care for. When I got home, I realized that back then there was no way I would have appreciated it the way that I do now, and honestly my broke grad school self never would have been able to see the city like I saw it last week. Expensive? Yes. Freaking fantastic? Absolutely! Was it worth it? Do you even have to ask..... hell yes!!!!

Here is my New York by the numbers breakdown:
  • Years since I have been to NYC- 8
  • Times visited prior to this trip- 2
  • Total hours spent in New York- 46
  • Total hours spent sleeping in New York- 6
  • Neighborhoods visited- 6 (my favorite was the Meatpacking District, followed closely by the West Village.)
  • Restaurants patronized 3 (Cafe Cluny, Pasits, and Alta)
  • Bars toured- 7 (The Standard hotel became our home away from home.)
  • Beers consumed- 12
  • Bloody Marys- 2
  • Margaritas- 4
  • Hangovers- 2 (yes, that's one for every day)
  • Cupcakes consumed - 2 (like every other tourist I waited in line at Magnolia for a taste of the good stuff.)
  • Pizzas bought at 4 am- 1
  • Dresses bought- 3 (more on this later.)
  • New friends made- 2
  • Miles walked- 100 (okay, probably not 100, but it felt like 100!)
  • Landmarks seen- 0 (I know, I know, bad tourist.)
  • Days needed to recover- 6 (and you know I'm not joking about this one.)
As you can see it was a short but fun packed trip. At the time I thought that sleeping three hours a night was not the best idea, but how else could we fit everything in. Now I truly know why they call it the city that never sleeps! After last weekend, I cannot for the life of me understand why it has taken me so long to visit. Given that it is a four hour bus or train trip, I can assure you that this mum will be making a lot more trips to the big apple.... that is after I can catch up on all those missed zzzzzzzs.

I have much more to share with you from the trip, including my review of SATC 2, which will I will be posting all this week.

* The photo above was taken from the bathroom at The Standard, yes even the city's bathrooms are to die for!


Mira said...

Oh, I am so jealous. That sounds FABULOUS! I need to start saving my pennies for my own weekend away. Happy recovery.

FortyNotOut said...

Oh New York I ♥ you so. One day I'm coming back! Your weekend sounds fab YM.. sounds like you had about as much sleep as we did when we visited. WHo needs sleep when there's a Starbucks on every corner?? xx

Jodi said...

I remember feeling like I was in a different country when I was there. Also, like I needed an entire wardrobe in black very exciting place. My friend her blog is on my page "gal in the city" lives there it seems like the down side is not enough men all her friends are single at 33.

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Sounds fantastic, hope I get there one day!