What are two girls to do while exploring New York? It turned out to be lots of eating and seeing musicals, two of my favorite things. My big sister Rachel and I spent 4 days exploring glorious New York City, and below is a quick recap of the best things we did! For more photos, check out the link on the “My Photos” tab!
We arrived at around 7:00 in the morning, dead tired and ready to take on the Big Apple! We took an expensive taxi ride into Manhattan, dropped off our bags at our hostel in Kips Bay, and headed off in search of sustenance!
Of course, our first meal had to be a bagel and coffee. We stumbled upon a random bagel place and they had rainbow bagels, so obviously….we had to get one. After feeding ourselves, we decided to wander around the city like actual New Yorkers!
After a good amount of walking, we headed to the East Village for our lunch reservation at Instagram sensation “Raclette.” We’d seen many videos of this cheesy masterpiece and were eager to try it for ourselves. Check out the video Rachel took below for some ooey gooey awesomeness.
We then walked back to our hostel for a much-needed nap before our evening out on the town! What was on our agenda? None other than the amazing musical Waitress! Both Rachel and I LOVE the movie, and what could be better than seeing it come to the stage with music by Sara Bareilles! And what made it even better? My college friend Lauren came to join us!
The show was absolutely incredible, and we then headed straight home and to sleep off the jet lag!
Day 2 was jam-packed with typical tourist-y activities. Stop #1? The Statue of Liberty! We took the subway like real New Yorkers and headed to Battery Park.
After a quick breakfast of pretzels (did we do this “New York” thing right?), we hopped on the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. I had visited once before at age 15, but it was Rachel’s first time! We had bought tickets that let us climb to the pedestal, a lovely climb with my still-struggling knee, but gave us absolutely beautiful views! See below my favorite shots!
Stop #2? Ellis Island! We opted for a self-guided tour and then spent about 20 minutes searching for long lost relatives in their database! Rachel was successful in her quest, but I was not. Still, tons of fun and a great experience!
Stop #3? The 9/11 Memorial Museum. This was a stop I’d been wanting to visit for years, and something that I believe all Americans should experience.
Afterwards, we were both in the mood for something happy. We then raced to Times Square and impulse-bought tickets to the opening night of the revival of Falsettos! And by some stroke of luck, we ended up in the seventh row. Of opening night. WHAT.
And with that, day 2 came to a close! Stay tuned for part 2!
-Girl in New York 🙂