Travel Time: My Weekend in New York

Honestly, I can’t believe that any part of my body is able to function right now. Why? Because, like the title of this post says, I just spent the weekend in New York! Usually when I go, I’m there to meet family and there’s something major planned, but this time was a little different and pretty special.My super, incredible, amazing sister and her boyfriend decided to participate in the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour. So I booked my flights, found a hotel and made my way to NYC. I thought that this trip would be super relaxing since I wasn’t participating, but dear God how I was so wrong.

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Okay, I know I sound dramatic, and usually it’s because I am for a little affect, but this time it’s serious! I don’t know how we pulled this off, but we somehow were able to fit SO MUCH STUFF into literally 48 hours in New York. First, we made our way to Rockefeller Center to see the Anselm Kiefer outdoor sculpture. It is breathtaking to see in person. We also visited the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I always love to go into churches and cathedrals because I love the architecture and beauty that are associated with them. I have to thank my dad for that one.

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For those of you who know me well, you’re probably going to think my next statement is a complete lie, but here it goes: We walked a total of 13 miles on Saturday. I’ll give you a second for that to sink in… okay second is over! So my lovely sister and I had to head over to Red Hook by ferry to pick up her material for the bike ride, which was a fun way to see different views of the city. However, once we were done, Caroline looked over and said that she would like to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I thought that would be a fun idea and that I would like to do it. Well it wasn’t until I looked at my Google maps that I realized it was about a 45 minute walk just to get to the beginning of the bridge! I have to admit, it was exciting to explore a few different areas of Brooklyn and to finally have a moment to do something super touristy.

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Now, your girl here was getting pretty hungry, which was turning into a hangry feeling. Trust me when I say you do not want to experience a hangry Alex. Anyway, we decided to walk to the bike shop, which was another 30 minutes, and I couldn’t wait any longer to have something. So we found a place called FLIPSIGI, which I really recommend. I mean, when are you going to experience a Filipino Taqueria! I recommend the Poke Bowl, it hit the spot right when I needed it most. Anyway, long story short, we ended up picking up the bike and walking it back to the hotel, which was on 48th and Park. So in total, we walked 13 miles in one day.

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That night, I met up with my friends Hannah and Olivier and had an amazing time at dinner at Pylos. Honestly, I always forget how much I love Greek food. If you’re in the area and are craving something good, head over there. You will not regret it. Unfortunately, we had to call it an early night because the bike tour was starting at 7AM and my sister and her boyfriend had to be ready to go at 5:45 in the morning! If you can believe it, they actually made it there on time.

I can tell you that I have no idea how either of us functioned on Sunday after our full day on Saturday. But, we always have a great time in New York. Sunday was filled with the bike tour and pizza, which was exactly what we both wanted. It was sad to leave my sister and go back to Miami, but luckily there are plenty of more family trips coming up this year!

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