Hello, hello and thanks for coming back to the blog to read part two of my spring break adventures in NYC (didn’t read part one? You can find that here). On y va!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Our Sunday started out a bit more relaxed than our Saturday morning. We woke up at our leisure, got ready, V made she and I smoothies (amazing), and made it to our bus into Manhattan just on time.
If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, then you probably know that I make it a point to go to Hillsong services when I’m traveling on Sundays and they are in the city that I’m traveling. Luckily, there is one based right in the heart of Manhattan, so we were able to go. We got there a few minutes late, but we were still able to find a few seats.
The service was beautiful – the sermon was all about settling and the fear we all seem to have around settling on something, and therefore completely missing the mark on what God’s plan is for us. He talked about how sometimes we settle because we are afraid what will happen if we take the next step in faith. Something the pastor said that I absolutely love on this point was, “Do if afraid.” I’m not sure if someone out there reading this is in that stage or not, but I hope that sharing a tidbit of that message helps you to push onward in your walk with Christ. Do it afraid.
We had a little bit of time between the end of church and our Broadway show, so we went out in search of lunch. After V learned that I had never had a poke bowl before, we decided that in this weekend of firsts, it was the only natural next step.
Verdict: I understand the obsession – they are so good (and so pretty, too!)
After lunch, we headed back toward Times Square so I could get that classic NYC experience.
After a quick stop at the M&M store and Walgreens for some intermission snacks, we headed to the theatre to pick up our tickets for Kinky Boots.
I didn’t really know much about the show before I saw it, but OH MY GOODNESS it was INCREDIBLE. The acting, the singing, the dancing, the message – all of it was out-of-this-world good. V and I were on a major Broadway high afterwards; we could not stop talking about how good it was! I’m so happy I was able to see the show before its time on Broadway ends in just a few short weeks.
Once we got out of the show, we head out to my next NYC bucket list destination – Central Park.
I knew Central Park was big before I got there, but I didn’t really understand its vastness until we were walking through it. Even though there was a complete lack of anything green in the park, it was still so lovely – I’d love to go back in the spring or summer to see it in all its glory.
And of course, we had to do another mini photo shoot under the bridge.
By the time we finished at Central Park, we still had 4+ hours to kill until our 9:45pm pizza reservation, so we hopped in a taxi and headed over to Chelsea Market to do some exploring and window shopping.
There is a bar that V really enjoys just a couple of blocks from Chelsea Market, so we headed there for an apêro (rosé for me, a “gin and chronic” for her).
Even though we spent a good amount of time talking and relaxing with our drinks, we still had a good amount of time left before our dinner reservations. By this point, we were both craving a glass of red wine so after a quick Google search and a ride on the metro, we ended up at a wine bar called Jadis.
They had so many French drink options on the menu and it made me so happy – trust me when I say that when I saw there was Kir on the menu, I squealed with joy and promptly ordered it 🙂
Enfin, it was time for our dinner reservations! Y’all might thing we are crazy for waiting so long just for pizza, especially when there are $1 pizza places on every block, but it was soooooo worth it!
The look of pure joy when they bring out this massive thing of beauty…
…and the look of defeat when it gets the best of you both.
By the time we finished dinner, I was practically falling asleep at the table. A cab, metro, and PATH ride later and we finally made it back to V’s apartment just after midnight. Needless to say, we both passed out almost instantaneously.
Monday, March 18, 2019
AKA, the day of saying goodbye 😦 After packing up my stuff and getting ready for the plane ride home, we enjoyed one more nice chat over coffee and I (very sadly) left her apartment and headed back to the airport for my flight home. I did, however, see this very cute mosaic of a dog in the metro station, which I will end off this blog with.
Overall, I had an amazing time in NYC and I already can’t wait to go back and see more of this beautiful place. I need to end this post off with a huge shout-out to V for being an amazing host and an even better best friend – love you, girly!
Until next time,