The Big City



On Monday we left with our son to spend two nights in New York City.  Last year we visited in March and that time it was 70 degrees.  This time we weren't so lucky with summer time temperatures.  We still had lots of fun.

I know some of you live near NYC and I wish I could have set up some visits, but our schedule was jam-packed from the morning until the evening!  One day I'll be there with some blocks of time to spare to making blog friends into real in life friends.


On our first full Monday, my fitbit  clocked over 20,000 steps :)  I'm telling you - crazy!!  I'm thrilled I was well enough to do that amount of walking.  The next day I had only 13,000 because I was too tired and my body was sore.

We walked all over Central Park and I remembered to take lots of photos.  A park information worker gave us a lovely walkabout trail at the lower half of Central Park.  She was quite helpful!


Monday night, we went to the Kinky Boots musical and was thoroughly entertained for the evening.  There is nothing like a LIVE performance.  I appreciate the talent, sweat and hard work that goes into entertaining an audience.  I also think of the creative people who designed the set, the costumes, the choreography.  Amazing amount of participation that makes a seamless performance.


While in a big city, I ponder if I could live there and be happy.  I think I could but you know what?  I do love living in my teeny tiny town.  I'm lucky that I can be in a city quickly and then be back in the country just as fast.


I grew up in Pittsburgh and my father's dream was to be in the country.  We moved to the suburbs when I was eleven years old and that was a culture shock for all of us.  When I would go to sleep, I would hear nothing.  No traffic, no sirens, no car horns, instead I heard crickets.  Also my mom would exclaim how dark the nights were without street lights. I remember the novelty of having a large lawn to run around and play games, sometimes in bare feet.  Even smelling a freshly cut lawn!


Walking around NYC, I noticed the noise and the hum of busy people, the kindness of others and striking up conversations in a little neighborhood Chinese restaurant . We met someone from Pennsylvania. How coincidental!


Hot street pretzels, a smiling immigrant waiter telling us his story of how he came to New York and his future wishes and dreams.

Oh, nearly everyone asked where I was from so I guess I don't look native to the city.  I believe it's because I wasn't wearing a black coat. Everyone who's anyone wears a black coat!


Comments

  1. This sounds like a perfectly wonderful trip with your husband and son, and I love seeing all your great photos! I think we do have the best of all worlds; I love living in a rural area, but can head north to NY, south to Phila., or east to the beach. Home sweet home is always best to me!

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  2. Born and raised in a small city, lived in a big city and hated it, back to my hometown for a long time. And now back in the big city I hated! LOL. Oh well, we are actually going to be very far outside the big city, but able to enjoy the good things about said big city. Having my car robbed and sounds of gun fire were the things I didn't care for the 1st time around.

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  3. What a lovely trip! Your photos are gorgeous! Even though the weather is not as warm, it looks like you had a lovely time! But, I agree - I am a country mouse as well!

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  4. Someday I would love to go the NYC and walk through the park! Thank you for sharing your lovely trip.

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  5. I grew up in a small town, going to college, the city I was in was much larger than where I grew up. My roommates grew up in huge cities and commented on how dark and scary it was to drive on back roads. That's practically all my family drove when I was young and when I learned to drive. I found it hilarious that they could drive 8 lane free ways but be scared of back roads. I completely understand the culture shock.

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  6. That's a plus to get in some solid cardio while on holiday. How cool to be near NYC.

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  7. Gorgeous photos of Central Park, Karen! I really enjoyed them and your thoughts about moving from Pittsburgh to the suburbs when you were a young. I've always thought that I would be happiest living in a rural location, but lately I wonder if that is true. Maybe not!

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  8. You were right in my back yard, yet I have never seen Central Park. It looks like you really enjoyed your trip.

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  9. Karen, I do hope if you return sometime that you will let me know so we could meet up. That would be wonderful! We recently saw Kinky Boots and got such a kick out of it!😊 I'm glad you had such good weather. xx

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  10. What a wonderful few days in the big city. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Sounds like you had a great trip. I think you've definitely left your city roots behind. You went to the Big City & took photos of country-like scenes. :)

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  12. 20,000 steps! You outdid yourself! But, I'd have tried the same... so much to see... so little time. Loved all the photos, but my favorite was hearing about your family and moving to the rural area. I love visiting big cities. I always think it would be fun to live there... for awhile. But, give me small town life for the long haul. blessings ~ tanna

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  13. Interesting vacation pictures. I want to go there to the 9/11 memorial. Im glad you had kindness and goodness around u!

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  14. What a wonderful trip, Karen! Everyone sounds so friendly, how lovely. Wishing you a happy Sunday and great week ahead. Apologies also for being a bad blog visitor! xx

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