Back in November, my sister and I went on a trip to New York City, which I have never had a chance to visit before. We landed at LaGuardia Airport and took the subway into Manhattan before dropping off our bags at our hostel in Upper West Side. By nightfall, we dragged our exhausted bodies out of the bed back into the heart of Manhattan for a full night of tourist experience.
On our first day, we walked around Wall Street, visited the Freedom Tower, had Shake Shack and Halal Guys, went to Times Square, and went up to the observatory deck of Empire State Building. It was an exceptionally tiring but rewarding day to have visited so many tourist destinations in such short time frame.
At Times Square, however, there were people dressed up in costumes as various characters from different film and videogame franchises, who would force themselves upon tourists to take a picture with them, and demand for tips in outrageous amounts. This was a very unpleasant experience, and I would advise anyone to be aware.
Our second day began at the observatory deck of Rockefeller Center, where we had a clear view of Manhattan. On our flight into the airport, we had a closeup aerial view of the city, as our plane had to circle around the island while waiting for the runway to be cleared.
We did some shopping during the day, as I was underdressed for cold November weather. In the afternoon, we were so exhausted that we went back to the hostel and took a nap. Our second day ended in Brooklyn, where we had pizza from Grimaldi's and cold milkshakes from Shake Shack, despite having complained about cold weather only hours prior.
Having eaten so much in just two days, we decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan. On this trip, we walked enough to wear the soles off my sister's shoes, that she had to buy a new pair.
Days 3 & 4 of the trip to follow in a separate post.