My first blog – New York (& Proposal)

Hi!

Starting a blog is hard! I have so many things I’d like to write about, I’m having a hard time picking one for now.

As I already mentioned in the About me part, I’m engaged!!! M. proposed to me when we went to New York recently so I thought that might be a nice start of my blogging adventure.

So, to start this off: last March we were together for 5 years and he gave me a trip to New York as we both wanted to visit that city at least once in our lives. In June we went to the big apple for a week and we did it all:

On the first day we rented the blue Citibikes (duhh, we’re Dutch, we cycle), rode over 30km, walked 20.000 steps as well and got trapped in a mile long parade of Porto Rican people (how do you say that in English?). We ate our first Hotdog near Central Park and just enjoyed all the things we saw. We walked the Highline (does anyone know what those huge flowers are? Also got our first pictures of Lady Liberty of course.

As it wasn’t the best weather, we had to take cover from the rain once every while so we got to hide in Central Terminal and enjoyed the great architecture. After that, we walked to Times Square and HAD to visit the M&M store.

We got a very nice dinner at a small Thai place on 56th street, New Topaz Thai. After that we (fully jetlegged) got on our bikes back to the hotel where we went into some kind of a coma.

Day 2. We started early so we could get on Top of the Rock before lunch. After enjoying that wonderful view on Central Park and the Empire State building and Manhattan in general, we went to the Library. We had to fight our training as the slow swoop evacuation signal just kept on going and we both are trained to leave when the alarm goes off, really annoying ! They were just testing the system (we asked, to make sure).

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Next we cycled all the way down to Ground Zero. That place really made an impact. Goosebumps all over. 

We walked to Wall st. as M. really wanted to see that. Loved the atmosphere there by the way. Felt very much like towns near the Mediterranean sea. Very odd, but nice!

To be the ultimate tourists, we also had to take the ferry to Staten Island and back, so we did. 

Next we felt we were up for a burger, cause you can’t go to the US and not eat a burger, right? So we went to Bareburger, on the corner of Ann st. & William st.

Again, we were fast asleep that night.

On our third day we were tired of visiting so many things so we decided to have a lazy day in Central Park. With some books, an e-reader, magazines and lots of water we headed into the park. After having laid down for a while we went to explore the park a bit more, going towards the lake. I have to say, it was a really hot day, like really really hot, so it was nice under the trees. M. saw all these small rowing boats on the lake and said: Ow let’s go rent one and get up on the lake.

And I, miss not-romantic herself, said: WHAT!?! NO!!! We’ll burn alive on the water!

When I looked at Maarten I noticed I screwed up a plan of his and that is when I got suspicious, like, why do you need a plan for anything?

So we walked around the lake a bit more, and M. got really touchy and kept hugging me all the time. After a while we got to a really pretty bridge above the lake with a violinist next to it (for real, like it was planned). After staring for a while at all those romantic couples (burning alive) on the lake, M. took my backpack and took something from it. And I was like: OOOOWWW, that is what I just screwed up!

This poor guy had to improvise and find a new spot for his proposal, aaaah so sweet!

So on that bridge, M. asked me to marry him, and I (still very clear in my head and not screaming YES!!!!) said: don’t you think you should ask me that on one knee? And so he did!!! And of course I said yes. Aaah it was so sweet! So you get it, we didn’t take too many photos that day besides this one:

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On THE bridge in Central Park

We had dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant  (Osteria Cotta, Columbus Av. & 84th St.) and called it quits quite early that night 😉

The fourth day we started with a breakfast at the Brooklyn Bagel & coffee Company (recommendation! Best bagels we ever had!) and we went to the Met museum followed by a long bike ride along the Hudson river down to Soho for some sightseeing. As we had some time to spare until our Broadway show we decided to WALK all the way from SOHO to 44th street. I can you: I needed new shoes after this trip. So after dinner at Virgils Real BBQ at Times Square (mega portions, just order a mini portions, don’t get pursuaded to take 5 ribs instead of 3. Two was more than enough for me.) we went to see Escape to Margarita Ville, so much fun, laughed soooo much. I don’t have many pictures of this day because we were kind of tired of our cameras.

Our 5th day involved visiting Coney Island, as it was again a super hot day and we figured the beach would help us cool down a bit. Big mistake! It was super windy, but the wind was hot so you got covered in sand within seconds and melted away due to the heat. So we got some hotdogs at Nathans (. stood in line for 30 minutes! WHY!?!?).

After taking the train back to Manhattan we decided Central Park would be the best option to avoid melting any further, so we spent the rest of the afternoon at a lovely quiet part of the park with lots of shade. Dinner was at Joe’s Shanghai on 56th St. Very nice Chinese restaurant!DSC_0046

Day 6 was our last full day so we decided to go see what we wanted to see again. So we went back to our favorite coffee bar Irving farm coffee roasters,  China town, Little Italy and SOHO. Here we finally did some shopping, and we tried to go for dinner at Chelsea Market but we found it kind of a tourist trap. Very crouded and not very good food (sorry, not the best experience during our trip).

For our final evening, we had booked a sunset sail on an old sailing boat. That, besides the proposal, was the best part of our trip. It was so nice, the weather was perfect, the sunset was gorgeous, the boat was nice and big and a super good remake of the original America boat that won the first America’s cup (sailing competition). Can’t describe it with words, it was just super relaxing and wonderful.

On our last morning we packed up our bags and went to Central Park until it was time to catch the train to JFK and head home…

We loved NYC, but as we don’t usually spend much time in a big city like that, we were pretty worn out by the time we got home. So many things we have seen and experienced.

Maybe one day we’ll be back, any suggestions for us what to see & do?

Love, Laura