• Caitlin McAninch

Escape to New York City

I wouldn’t say I’m a small town girl, because I’m not. But with that said, I am definitely no city girl either. When my aunt told me that New York City was only a three hour bus ride, I knew I better take advantage of my proximity and head to the Big Apple. Up til this past weekend, I have never been to a city this big, and to be all honest, I don’t think I want to again.

I’ll be real right now. I can honestly say I probably didn’t do this trip right. I took the cheap route and stayed in a hostel and I also went by myself. I will admit I got pretty lonely and sometimes grumpy when I couldn’t find what I was looking for. But, I still really enjoyed seeing the city and eating from the food trucks.

I’ve said this before, there is no better way to see a city than taking a double decker tour bus. Those things take you right where you want to go! This weekend I got a 48 hour pass, and there was a stop right next to my hostile, so I never stepped foot on the NYC Subway or Public Transportation. I just used by tour bus. It was perfect. It took me to everywhere I had on my list, and it was incredibly easy to hop on and off.

I’m not sure if I’ve shared my special ability with my readers yet. I have the gift of direction. I’m never lost and if I’ve been somewhere once, I will always be able to get back there. I know where east is, and I can always figure out how to get back home. So, no, I do not dislike New York City because I got lost. I get asked that a lot… I never got lost. I couldn’t find the zoo, but I never got lost.

While I was in NYC I did all the cliché activities: went to the Rock, Times Square, ate cheesecake, Statue of Liberty, walked around Central Park, shopped in China Town, visited the 9/11 Memorial, wandered down 5th Avenue, anddddd… a bunch of other stuff. I was great at waking up at 7 on the dot, and was out the door at 7:15 every morning. I didn’t get back until about 10 or 11 each night. All three days were spent walking, riding, walking, riding. I did NYC in three days perfectly. So well in fact, I really don’t think I missed anything. I even ventured into Harlem and Brooklyn.

Traveling by yourself lets you do that. I go at my own pace and nothing holds me back but myself. If you want to get a lot done, travel alone. It’s the best way.

Well, there is one thing I skipped. A Broadway show. I never have issues doing things alone, but when it came down to it, I felt a little silly going to one by myself. The only reason I would probably ever go back to NYC is if Dylan wanted to go, and to go see The Book of Mormon. My obsession with South Park makes me really upset that I missed that show. One day…

My most favorite part of the whole trip was Saturday evening. I saw a sign that a food truck gathering would be happening that night. I was so stoked when I arrived. There were about 20 trucks all set up in this tiny plaza, and each one was serving tiny dishes. Not something I ever see in Reno. I was able to try a few things, including this AMAZING Lobster Roll and super delicious Korean Tacos.

Overall, yeah, NYC isn’t my place. My mom says I need to give it a second try, so maybe one day I will go back with her! Until then, this small-ish town girl is good.

Have you been to New York City? What did you like or dislike about it? Share in the comments below!

New York City

Distance: 2,690 miles

Driving Time: 1 day, 14 hours

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