New York is like Paris in the sense that it’s just one of those places you need to see in your life. Since I haven’t been before, you can imagine I’m getting incredibly excited as the date draws ever nearer (12th December – yes please!).
We’ve already booked our international flights on Icelandair (flying via Reykjavik in Iceland, too bad I’ll only see the inside of the airport for a few hours!) from Amsterdam to New York. I’ll certainly have mixed feelings about leaving our expat life here in The Netherlands but either way, you can bet I’m raring to go and check out The Big Apple.
Anyway, New York… so it’s a GIVEN that we’re going to see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. We’ll waltz amongst the world famous art galleries of the MET, the MOMA and the Guggenheim, as well as the Natural History Museum.
We’ll explore the island of Manhattan…
…and take the ferry whilst we soak up the sights.
So what are five things that are not-so-touristy that I’m looking forward to sinking my European spoiled teeth into?
So I hear New York has amazing hot dogs. I like hot dogs. That’s reason enough for me to get excited! In all seriousness though, Trudy has been to NY before and has advised me that hot dogs are epically party in your mouth and are like $1. Win!
So we booked tickets to watch the mighty Knicks face off the not-so-currently-steamrolling Cavaliers (Le Bron, we hate you). I expect New York to win and I expect it to be awesome. Tickets were actually reasonably priced, we got them from a ticket trade site owned by eBay for like $60 each!
Looking forward to roaring along with a crowd of New Yorkers to a few slam dunks in a loaded Madison Square Garden stadium.
Cinemagraphs? What the hell are they? Well, making a splash in the fashion world they are like GIFs for adults and have their origins in New York. The hot dog image/video above? That’s an awesome example of a Cinemagraph, hopefully we can make some that are just as good!
Trudy and I are learning how to make them but with an obvious travel focus. I’m loving the whole process and I’m finding it’s an excellent tech and creative outlet for me. Check out the Cinemagraph Series, where we’ve made some fun ones and posted them already.
I know, it may seem a bit strange that I’m excited to be tipping people, especially since being an Australian I’m not a big fan of tipping and it’s not ingrained into our culture at all.
However I feel like it’s going to be nice to just know exactly how much I should be tipping. There’s no maybes about it – no humming and ahh-ing about whether to tip and how much we should tip. It’s just done and at a set rate. The food will be cheaper anyway so it all works out in the end.
I’ll be tipping 10% for average service and 15% for excellent service!
I hear New York is beautiful leading up to Christmas. Cold, yes, but dazzling and wondrous in terms of Christmas decorations and trees. I’m expecting shops bedecked in Christmas cheer and cosy cafes oozing with the excitement that always comes during the days up to such a celebrated annual event.
There should be ice skating and warm drinks and busy shops with life buzzing all around us.
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