My flight lifted off from Las Vegas at 11p on Tuesday night. Boyfriend dropped me off at the airport at around 9p.
I had a mini meltdown/panic attack right after I went through security check and found the gate I needed to be at.
I wasn’t scared of being alone or anything like that…it’s just that I haven’t slept without boyfriend in 3 years–not even once. It’s really hard being apart from him. I finally gathered myself up and wiped away my tears (yes, people were looking at me like I was crazy) just a little bit before I had to board the flight.
I got to fly Jet Blue and it was so awesome. I’ve never flown with Jet Blue before. They have free wi-fi, tv, snacks, and beverages! How awesome!
I was able to nap on my flight most of the time. I was only woken up 3 times by the same baby crying.
I also got the window seat; scooore! When the pilot announced that we were about to land at JFK, I opened the shade of my window and was mesmerized by all of the lights.
Just a few minutes later, the sun started coming up. It was around 7a, here in New York, when I landed.
The NY airport was huge. I was incredibly overwhelmed.
I had a little bit of a rough time with the AirTrain. I got on the wrong one at first but then got off and was able to get back on track right away.
I was also confused about how to purchase the Metro Card for the subway but an airport employee helped me and explained to me how they worked…I was not only confused on how to buy it but also on how to insert it so the turnstile would actually unlock for me. After that though, I didn’t have trouble with the Metro Card again!
I had bought tickets for the Circle Line Cruise that circumnavigates all of Manhattan. I had planned to go to this specific coffee shop but I found this one first…plus, I really had to pee so I just decided to step into Kava Cafe which was only a few min away from the one I initially planned on going to and a few more min away from the cruise.
I ordered an Almond Milk Matcha Latte. It wasn’t very hot at all but it was pretty yummy! I’ve actually never had a Matcha Latte before…at least not that I can remember! I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first but I ended up finishing the whole cup. I wanted to have breakfast, too, but I didn’t really have an appetite.
The cruise was at noon and I got to the cafe at around 9a. I drank my latte, charged my phone, and texted boyfriend until around 10:30a when I decided to walk towards the cruise.
It was seriously a dream walking through NYC. It didn’t even seem real.
The cafe was around 10m away from the cruise. I got there a little early but people were already boarding the boat when I arrived.
I had already purchased my ticket online but I needed to talk to the lady at the ticket booth because I wanted to add the Double Decker Grayline Bus’ 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour which is normally near $70 but only $22 when combined with the cruise ticket.
I got onto the boat around 11a. Everyone got to have their photo taken in front of a green screen before they got on. Yes, I took one all by myself (and I purchased the photo at the end, too).
I found a nice spot by the window. There was even an outlet to finish charging my phone.
I could barely hear the tour guide. He was too quiet while the other passengers were too loud. 😦
I was most excited when I saw how beautiful The Statue of Liberty is!
I also thought the Brooklyn Bridge and even a lot of the lesser known bridges were amazing to see and float under.
I never knew that Pepsi-Cola was the first one ever to design neon light signage and that that exact sign is still standing here in NY. That was cool to see and I was super glad to have been able to hear at least that part of the tour.
I know the guide was saying interesting things but I could barely hear him, his voice was soothing, and the boat gently rocked me to sleep. I took a 30m nap during this 2.5h cruise. I have no idea what I missed.
After the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and The World Trade Center, I couldn’t keep my eyes open.
We were able to go out to the front of the boat but I only attempted once, took this photo, then ran back into the warmth.
I was so ready to get off the boat when the tour ended.
I needed to grab a bite to eat and to go to the Grayline Visitor Center to get my real ticket for the bus. I asked if I could start the first day tomorrow and he said “no, unless you buy it tomorrow” but my voucher said it needed to be redeemed today. So, my 48-hrs has been cut in half since I didn’t do any of the hopping on and off today. I saw the bus a couple of times and wanted to but my main priority was food then finding and checking into my hotel.
I ran into the Gotham West Market when I passed it because I read that I had to visit it while here. It wasn’t that cool? I didn’t take any pics inside because no one could keep their eyes off me for some reason. I felt so very uncomfortable in there. I looked at all of the different menus and saw nothing of interest. I do have to say; I didn’t feel uncomfortable or unwanted anywhere else I walked into (even though I looked like a hobo) other than the Gotham West Market.
I continued on my way to find the Visitor Center. I finally found it and got my real ticket. The guy who completed my transaction was really funny and nice to me but all of the other employees had that New York attitude when I asked where I could find him.
I passed Dutch Fred’s right around the corner from the Visitor Center and decided to go back and check out their menu. I saw a Lamb Burger on there and walked right in.
It was completely empty. I was there at around 3p.
The food was mighty delicious. I had garlic parsley fries for my side. 🙂 Yum.
After eating, I had to find the Subway Train to get me to my hotel. It was easy enough to locate but the first F train (the one I needed) was SO packed I couldn’t have got in even if I tried (I didn’t try). Luckily, it came again two seconds later and it was a quick ride to my stop.
I found my hotel easily and checked-in smoothly. I’d tell you where I’m staying but I’m a paranoid freak and don’t want anyone following me or stalking me while I’m here. My hotel room is pretty nice except the ceiling is creepy.
The whole ceiling is like that creepy part of the wall, lol.
They have cute little paintings in my room and along the walls in the hallway!
I’m so happy I chose not to stay in a dorm. I would have absolutely hated it. It’s almost 9p now, which is when I wanted to get to sleep, but I’m probably gonna face time with boyfriend for an hour or so before I do.
I don’t really have any set plans for tomorrow except I need to get on that tour bus at least once or twice.