This trip to New York City came from an offhand comment between Liz and myself last November. She was visiting for a writing retreat and Andrea wasn’t able to come this year because of her school load. Liz said that we should just go visit her. Well, a few months later, we all Skyped while I booked plane tickets and the Airbnb while we talked about what we wanted to do. Plans were made! Click below for more and the vlog!
I had to do the most traveling, since Saturday, May 6, I drove the four hours down to Dallas to meet up with Liz. Our flight left at 6:50 AM on Sunday, May 7, which meant we needed to be on the road by 5:00 AM that morning. The drive on Saturday was nice, if a little boring, but the weather was gorgeous and I had excellent music to keep myself entertained. When I arrived in Dallas, Liz and I watched a bit of the Marvel marathon, went out to dinner, and turned in early since we had to get up so early.
As you can see in the video below, we had some adventures finding the correct parking spot, but we made it and had no problems flying. There were clouds over New York when we flew in, but we still had an excellent view of the skyline. Once we collected our luggage, we got in line for a taxi that would take us to our Airbnb.
Now, this is where the trouble started. The last time I visited Andrea, she picked me up at the airport and rode with me to her house, since that was where I was staying for the first few days. She wasn’t going to join us until much later (and ended up arriving the next day), so I had to navigate our way on my own.
I gave the address to the person at the taxi line, but even then, our taxi driver thought we were going into Manhattan and I had to correct him twice to say Queens. He then had me type in the address to his phone just to make sure. Since this didn’t inspire the most confidence, I tracked it on my own phone. In addition to taking the least direct route (we crossed the same avenue four times when we should have just stayed on that avenue), a street we needed to cross was closed due to a cycling race. So our taxi driver told us to get out and we could walk from there.
So! Liz and I both got our luggage and stood on the side of the road while the taxi did a U-turn and left us. Thankfully, there was a cop directing traffic to turn around, and he said that pedestrians (and cars!) could cross four blocks up. Bonus – it was the street our Airbnb was on!
Sure enough, 25 minutes later, we had crossed the street and made it to the Airbnb. It was a one bedroom, one bath apartment that had a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and balcony. Our host was extremely nice, and showed us around, including taking us to the roof where we had 24/7 access and pointing out the local grocery store, pharmacy, and public transportation stops.
Liz and I were so exhausted we collapsed onto the couch, plugged my AppleTV up, and watched movies for the rest of the day. Like I said, Andrea joined us on Monday, and that post and vlog will be up soon! For now, enjoy this short Day 1 vlog that has a sneak peek of what’s to come!