New York Day 1
Anyone that has ever spent even a small amount of time with me knows that I’m not a morning person, so a 8:50AM flight from London Heathrow should have sent alarm bells ringing, but when you’ve been having a bit of a rough time, a flight at any time to any location seems like a bright idea.
To my disgust I arrived in London at 5:30 AM, having not slept (I would have been 100 times grumpier If I’d slept for 2 hours rather than 8). After a few additional questions from security (my travel companion seem to have got herself onto a special rota, lucky us!) and being stuck on the runway for an hour I was on our way to New York! It was 10 years since I first went to New York this year so I am incredibly excited to be coming back, see how much the city has changed and really appreciate the experience post Gossip Girl.
I managed to convince my dad I could be trusted with his new GoPro since my failed attempted at vlogging in London recently (I kept putting my finger over the mic so the audio was absolutely terrible), I thought I would give it a second go and hopefully get something worth sharing! Considering I’ve already taken 10 minutes worth of video just from my first day here, I think I’m going to have something to piece together.
My flight landed in New York at 1 PM, perfect timing, right? With another terrorist attack involving a bomb going off the day before our trip security was high, as I knew it would be, meaning it took me so much longer to get out of the airport, let alone into the city. I was recommended (and I used my trusty CityMapper app) to get into the city via the AirTrain from JFK, I thought about getting a cab or an Uber but with it being midday we knew it was going to be expensive and traffic could be bad so I chose to get the $7.50 train instead.
December in New York is absolutely freezing (yes, this should have been obvious to me). I stupidly packed my gloves in my hold luggage so my hands were frozen trying to use my phone for directions and trying to find my way through the subway system was a nightmare because I forgot to take my glasses with me, this was going to be a pretty tough job already. Having snowed the weekend before it was so much colder than i’d expected it to be and despite me trying to be sensible and buying a whole new wardrobe (my original wardrobe does not do winter), I still felt very unprepared for my week ahead.
I met my host at his beautiful apartment on the Upper East Side to drop my bags before heading off, despite me being exhausted from having about 4, non-consecutive, hours sleep in 48 hours I refused to let jet lag hit me, so I grabbed a bite to eat and a few cocktails to make sure I didn't get into bed too early. I cannot wait for our first full day in New York tomorrow!
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