Monday, April 18, 2011

Happiness is...a mini road trip.

My roommate is moving back to the west coast in a month or so and decided she could not leave without having been to New York City.  So, this past weekend we hopped on the Chinatown Bus (cuz it's cheap) and spent a few days wandering around the city that never sleeps.  It's a wonderful town!

Here are some of the highlights:

The view from the Top of the Rock

MOMA amazingness

Mmmm, cheesecake!

Our fun show

Our ultra fabulous hotel (cuz it was cheap!)
Lady Liberty

Washington Square Park

Devouring a Gray's Papaya hot dog

The original Winnie the Pooh animals at the NYPL

scrumptious hot chocolate at Serendipity

Times Square

Central Park

More Central Park

Bethesda Fountain
Saturday our weather was horrible and we spent the day drenched and running from place to place trying to avoid the worst of the storm and the puddles.  The rest of the weekend was lovely, perfect for walking uptown and downtown and all around town. And the walking made it perfect for working off all the calories from the food we were constantly eating (food trucks have got to be one of man's greatest inventions.) 

I love the hustle and bustle, the manic busyness of city. I love the energy and excitement and air of possibility.  However, it also exhausts me. It's a place I love to visit for short amounts of time but have no desire to stay for any extended period. The longer I live in a place that is constantly on the move the more I realize just how much I don't fit into that lifestyle.  Give me open spaces and slow paces.  Not in a city, but close enough to be able to get to museums and concerts and ballets and restaurants when the mood strikes me. But until that happens, I'm happy to take advantage of all the great places and opportunities so close by.  

What places make you happy? Where do you recharge, find your energy, get away from it all, experience new/different things?

1 comment:

  1. OOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I am jealous of your trip! I got to go to New York twice one summer while Matt was working there. I LOVE it because there is so much to see and do. Sadly, because Matt lived there for an entire summer he hates it there. Hopefully one day soon I get to go back... Until then, thanks for the pictures and memories!