Monday, June 29, 2009

East Coast Trip 2009

Note: I am going to write all about our trip to the East Coast, but I am going to do it in sections because it takes so long and all the video clips will be in separate postings.
DAY ONE NEW YORK
Friday June 19th at the crack of dawn (4am) we woke up and my dad drove my mom and I to LAX so we could catch our flight to NY. I had never been to NY and my mom had only made a short visit a few years back that wasn't so great, soooo to say the least we were excited!
I will not be calling this a vacation because to me a vacation involves relaxing and really our trip was more like a marathon to see and experience everything we possibly could. We arrived in NY around 330pm but by the time we got to the hotel via large bus with many people it was around 6pm. We went straight to dinner in the hotel and then we walked around time square. Our hotel room looked right over all the action on Broadway. We we walking around for about 5 min before some guy comes up to my mom and says 10 dollars each for a comedy show starting right now so her response is yeah! I thought here we go we are already getting ripped off! It turned out to be a great show and really funny. Once back in the hotel my mom and I went out for desert and some drinks and I remembered my friend Ryan from college was living in NY, so I called him and we made a plan to meet up the next day.


AIRPORT WAITING

VIEW OUT OUR ROOM


TIME SQUARE



AFTER COMEDY ACT

DAY TWO. RAIN.
Saturday June 20th (a year ago Grant and I met) We woke up to the sound of my friend Ryan calling at 940 am hahahha and rain. When we were done getting ready we went down to time square and we signed up for one of those double decker bus tours. Not the best idea when it is pouring rain, but funny! We used the bus all day to hop on and off of and the guide was good because they tell you about everything you are passing along the way. We got off in Little Italy and had some really good Italian food and of course gelato yum. Mid afternoon we took our bus to Ryan's apartment and we were able to hang out with him for a while. He is in his last year in dental school, we went to college together and really had some of the wildest times ever, I can laugh just thinking about some of it. He lived above me and all my roommates through out college in the dorms.
Later that night my mom and I got dressed up and went to dinner at a place called Spice Market and it is called that for a reason! Some of the spiciest food I have ever had, but very good. We took the subway home and I never laughed so hard when the subway jerked taking off and my mom lost her footing and stepped right on this guys foot. To make matters worse the poor guy was only wearing flip flops! Later when we were away from the guy laughing she said I heard a crunch when it happened ahhahahha.

ON THE BUS GETTING WET

LUNCH IN LITTLE ITALY

MORE BUS ACTION

IT TOOK US ABOUT 30 MIN OF WEARING THESE PLASTIC TRASH BAGS BEFORE WE REALIZED THERE WERE ARM HOLE LOL

ME AND RYAN I HADN'T SEEN HIM IN ALMOST 2 YEARS



OUT AT SPICE MARKET

THE FOOD MADE YOU SWEAT

DAY THREE MORE RAIN
Sunday June 21. We started the day out at Carnegie Deli (very famous) for breakfast and had the best omelet and bagel ever. Right after breakfast we caught a cab down to the water front so we could go on the circle line boat tour and see the statue of liberty. It was really cool to see the statue and if we go back we want to go to the top of it! This day was a little crazy right after the boat tour we took a bus to Grand Central station and had lunch and then right after that we went back to the hotel, changed our clothes and then hightailed it to the play West Side Story. We had a hard time sitting still in the play cause the seats were really close together so at half time we went and got a beer to relax and as we are coming around a corner we see an old lady with a really tight face lift and my mom says "did she just come out of a wind tunnel or something?" I lost it laughing I was doubled over and thought I would die.
After the play and switching clothes again we took the subway to a restaurant called Serendipity (I guess Oprah ate there and now its famous, but that's not why we went). We went cause our friend Betty told us they have the best desert there called frozen hot chocolate. We didn't end up getting that we ended up getting way too much. I got a pecan sundae and my mom got what they called pineapple upside down sundae it was sooo good. So good I felt sick!

BREAKFAST AT CARNEGIE DELI


THE 75 MIN BOAT TOUR


GRAND CENTRAL STATION
LUNCH
THE PLAY WEST SIDE STORY
RIGHT BEFORE I DIED LAUGHING

THE NAKED COWBOY WAS PERFORMING IN THE STREET LUCKY US
THEY WERE ALSO DOING YOGA IN TIME SQUARE FOR THE START OF SUMMER


SERENDIPITY DESERT

YUM THAT WAS GOOD
AND NOW I AM SICK
OH WELL IT WAS WORTH IT

DAY FOUR LEAVING NY
Monday June 22, we left NY. We woke up early and had breakfast across the street at Juniors and then packed up and caught a bus to the airport where we then caught a cab to get our rental car. Then we were off to drive through NJ to Cape Cod Mass.

OUR LAST MEAL IN NY
MY MOM POSING IN TIME SQUARE

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW, awesome post Shannon. Looks like you had a fantastic time, some amazing photos!!
Bet you're looking forward to Grant arriving - hope you are getting through your 'to do' list.

Take care
Mel

beeswax said...

Shannon,
Good blogging, lot's of great pictures of our trip. Thanks for going with me and putting up with my crazy-ness.
I had such a good time with you and will think back on this trip while you're off to NZ.
We sure know how to have fun and laugh and eat!
Love you, MOM

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