Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Many Firsts on our Trip to the Big Apple
Our first impression of New York City and Long Island was loud, dirty, fast paced, little greenery, and requires the constant use of the horn. Oh, and motorcyclists are crazy for driving between lanes of cars. Rush hour was not as bad as I expected, though I had been stuck in bad traffic in LA and Atlanta, so I prepared myself for the worse.
Since we were visiting during the middle of the day, the streets and subways were not as crowded as they typically are, and I greatly appreciate it. I don't know how I could be packed into a subway like sardines while smelling the urine and having to touch someone who is also sweaty. Big cities are not for me.
On the train, which we were waiting for underground after getting off the subway, we celebrated our visit to the city with a beer...good ol' Bug Light tall boy. The beer hit the spot and cooled us down while we waited and apparently missed our train, which never came on the tracks we were led to by our New Yorker friends. So I had fun running around, looking at train boards, and hauling butt up and down stairs with Aidan in my arms as AJ help bring strollers up and down the stairs. Then, to top it off, a nice New Yorker wanted to point out that the last car was the quiet car, so she accurately assumed we were not from around New York. Why thank you, but we're going to board your quiet car.
I absolutely loved watching the game in Yankee stadium, and I cannot wait to make a second game. The game, even though the Yankees lost, was everything I imagined and more. I know a few years back, I tried to not like the Yankees since I was living in the South and needed to be a Braves fan, but I couldn't. After attending the Yankees game, I will forever be a NYY. Though, I think I need a new hat since my favorite hat is apparently not a lucky one. Oh, and I concluded the day by having my first dirty water dog, and it was delicious.
Aidan did exceptionally well in NY and on the flights. He stayed up past his bed time with a smile on his face, he slept in, and he chugged his water to stay hydrated. In addition, he slept on 3 of the 4 flights, flirted with the passengers and stewards, and ate his food with no issue. The boy makes traveling easy, even when our flight was delayed and we had to run in the ATL airport to make our connecting flight to NY.
As far as New York goes - the city is exhausting but we had a spectacular time. We would love to return to the city and see more. So until next time, that's all of our firsts.