Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Go east, (not so) young man!

I went to New York City last weekend. I don't get east of the Rockies often, so this was a fun opportunity.

My wife had never been to NYC, and I hadn't been since I was 20, several pounds lighter, and had a few more hairs on my head. This was our (very) belated 10-year anniversary trip. So belated that we actually had our 11th anniversary last month.

It was great to go back to the Big Apple.

When people say New York smells, it really does. The best way I can describe it is some blend of food, garbage and old.

Anna and I took the red eye from Salt Lake to NYC, in which I got no sleep. Since we couldn't check into our hotel until 3pm, that left us pulling a 32-hour stretch with zero sleep. I barely could do that in college. Now, in my mid-30s, it darn near brought me to my knees. Oddly, at about hour 30, I found that I broke through a wall and was doing okay. I broke the sleepless stretch by indulging in a 2-hour nap Thursday afternoon. (So, by the time I finally went to bed early Friday morning, I was going on two hours sleep in 40 hours; whew! Now I know why it's called the "City that Never Sleeps").

I'll spare the travel log and just say that we hit a couple Broadway shows ("West Side Story" and "Wicked"); ate lots of food from little shops, carts and cafes; made our way around all of Manhattan except for "uptown." My favorite part of the trip was either the Broadway shows, eating in Hell's Kitchen before and after the shows, or simply walking around SoHo/Little Italy/East Village/Greenwich Village.

Both Anna and I experienced some vindication on this trip. She didn't want to go to a Broadway show. I didn't want to "just walk around" aimlessly. It turns out that we did both, and we had a blast doing both.

Other random notes:
1) A lot of women in New York wear black leggings
2) Most New Yorkers are quite nice, actually
3) Tornados *do* happen in NYC
4) Red eye flights are not for sleeping
5) It's fun to see how much the fashions change from the different boroughs. From buttoned up in midtown, artsy in SoHo, and all the fit folks in Central Park

Get to Gotham if you get a chance. It's a great place to visit.


CJ said...

New York. What a fun and exciting trip. I really hope to go there with my wife someday soon. Red Eye flights are definitely not for sleeping. I have a story about that one day. Anyway it looks like you two had a lot of fun. Great pictures.

Anna M said...

It *looks* like you went alone.

great times!

Ryan said...

Sounds like a great trip. I love New York. I could definitely live there. It might kill my wife and three kids though, so, I will stick to visits.

Didn't you get any pictures with Anna?

So which was better West Side Story or Wicked?

Alan Macfarlane said...

Ryah, I agree. Without kids I think I could live there, and I know Anna would like it, too.

If I had to pick, I honestly think I liked West Side a little better. Wicked is a fantastic *looking* production of costumes and effects, etc. But the story and music of WSS is vastly superior.

Ryan said...

I am not surprised that you liked West Side Story better. I love that play. Great music, great story. I thought this production was a little different with the singing in Spanish. I am too much of a traditionalist to love changes like that.

I still haven't seen Wicked. We got tickets for next year when it is coming to Boise.