A week ago, I had the opportunity to fly across the country on a work assignment for one of my new clients. I had never been to New York City, and it's been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. After a long day of working, we finally checked into our hotel at 6:30pm Eastern Time (which still felt like 3:30 for a West Coast girl!). With my co-workers exhausted from the long day and choosing to just order room service, I decided to make the most of my one night in New York. Who knows when I would be back again? It was the best decision I could have made, and I definitely took advantage of my limited time in the Big Apple!
When I hopped in the cab, I excitedly told the driver to please take me to Times Square! I casually mentioned that it was my first time in New York, and that I wanted to see as much as I possibly could in the next couple of hours. To my surprise, the guy actually offered to be my driver for the night and take me anywhere in the city I wanted to go. So I started checking off the bucket list left and right! First up was Times Square...
I had only seen Times Square on TV every New Year's Eve, and when I got there, the bright lights and pretty sites were even more amazing in real life. As I walked up and down the streets, I had the biggest smile on my face because I couldn't actually believe that I made it!
Such a tourist!
Where's Waldo? Haha. Now I can say I've been on a billboard in Times Square!
After quite a bit of walking, I stepped into a small pizza place for an authentic slice of New York pizza...
It took me a while to decide which one to try, but after some careful thought and consideration, I settled on a heavenly slice of "lasagna" pizza. It was unreal!
After a full meal, I called Junior, my driver, to pick me up and take me to our next stop, the Empire State building. I knew I wanted to see it that night, but I did not think I'd have time to go all the way to the top. But that's exactly what I did!
The view was amazing! It was such a thrilling experience, but one of my first thoughts when I looked out over the beautiful city was that I wished I could be seeing this with Corey and my family. They would all LOVE it! It was a little chilly up there, so after a few minutes, I called Junior and told him to take me to Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, and out for some real desert! I ended up seeing Manhattan, parts of Jersey, the Bronx, and ended the night driving over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was such a cool experience, and I'm so glad I took advantage of my few hours in New York!
It was a little bittersweet finally making it to NYC and seeing everything I've always wanted to see by myself, but it was still so amazing. I will definitely be going back with my whole family someday!