New York City | The Bits You Didn't See

If you follow me on Blogger, then I'm pretty certain you follow my YouTube channel, and if so, you would have seen my recent vlog that I uploaded about my recent trip to New York with Jack ... psst, we got engaged!

I feel that the video portrayed what we did very well, but it didn't portray my feelings on the trip, and it didn't show you the everyday bits and pieces - that's why you're now reading this.

The first thing I have to say is, you HAVE to watch a Broadway show whilst you are there. We were lucky enough to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the first night, and I can't stress enough how good it was! You get caught in the emotions of the characters, you find yourself singing and bopping along to the songs and before you know it, it's over and you are downloading the songs to sing-a-long to in your own time.
[Little tip - if you go to the TKTS stand and buy them on the day that you want to watch a show, you can get the tickets cheaper than if you bought them prior to your trip!]

 There is nothing that can prepare you for the breathtaking views that you are about to take in. Heading to the top of the Empire State Building in the day time was an experience, it's lovely to see New York from a birds eye view and away from the bustling streets, especially considering how much time you actually spend on the group looking up! Equally as beautiful is the view of New York from the top of the Rockefeller Centre, lots of recommendations said to do this at night and it was really worth doing it that way round - it's completely different seeing New York at night, the lights, the buildings, it's an incredible man made city!

Times Square is a huge tourist spot (pretty much the whole of New York is!), and it's constantly busy no matter what time of the day it is. Again, it's an area that is so surreal when you are there, I think CeeLo Green summed this up "Bright Lights and the Big City". No matter what time of the day you go there, it feels like day time because of how bright it is!

The 9/11 Museum and Memorial will emotionally impact you more than you realise. I couldn't understand people taking selfies there, it felt like a mourning site so posing for a selfie seemed so wrong in my eyes. The museum was full of artefacts and new information about the terror attack that I had never heard of, and really showed the immensity of the emotions that must have been about during that time - you will spend a lot of time not talking, and allowing your emotions to roll down your face.

Some of the not so nice reality things to mention; the number of homeless people, this really did knock me for six when I saw this. They are willing to do anything just to gain some food or money from you, one man stood outside a 7/11 all day opening the door for people in the hope that he would gain some money for it. There was a lady who was 69 years old begging for food, and an amputee who was sat on the same spot for the entire duration of our trip. Completely upsetting, and the contrast between the rich and the poor spoke loudly. How can a city with a 'Trump Tower' care so little for those living there?

Everyone is in a rush, you will have to pick up your usual walking pace unless you're used to living in London. If you're not moving at the same pace as them, you're in the way. To cross the streets or Avenues you have to follow their crossing system, which is similar to a button controlled crossing in the UK just without the buttons, and the timing is so precise that they all know exactly what they are doing - but don't worry, you will become one of them during your trip, and you won't even realise.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to the Big Apple, and I would definitely recommend you taking the plunge and making your journey over there if you have been thinking about it. I'd like to go back, but hopefully not become unwell this time, just perhaps in a couple of years.

Next stop: Mexico!

Getting engaged to my best friend was one of the highlights of my trips, and means that New York will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart!


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