It wasn't smooth sailing to make it to New York however. My flight from Sydney was delayed for some reason so was late getting into LA, then I wasn't allowed to have an express pass to get through Immigration (and the queue was looooong!) so I made it on to my connecting flight with 10 minutes to spare!
But that wasn't the end of it! My luggage took a while to come out of the carousel at JFK Airport, and then the car I had booked I was late...
So even though my plane had landed at the airport at 10pm, it was after midnight before I got dropped off at my hotel.
And I was dropped off at the wrong one....
This may have been my fault... I'm not sure. But imagine being dropped off at a hotel in the middle of a city you don't know, and you've paid your driver and he's gone, and they tell you you are at the wrong hotel. I'd been travelling for about 30 hours at this point and I may have briefly considered bursting into tears... but I didn't! Instead I got the hotel to give me a security guard, and they walked me and my luggage the two blocks to the hotel I should have been at - The Night Hotel.
And this was my room:
I think I need congratulations for having the presence of mind to take a photo of my bed before I laid down and slept on it!
And by crikey that bed was comfortable!!!
And I slept well, and it was a good thing I did because I got right into it the next day! My first morning in New York was to be spent with my online friend Daffny from A Vintage Nerd, and her family!
We had a picnic in Central Park in front of Belvedere Castle!
With gluten free cupcakes!!!
It was so lovely! The weather was amazing (especially for someone coming from winter), Daffny's kids loved the presents I gave them, and it was wonderful to talk to Daffny and her husband Andreas IN PERSON!!!
Once we had had our fill, we packed up the picnic and moved into The MET!
Wow, is that place incredible! Even with three small children in tow which meant I was distracted, I was blown away by the things that they had there!!! The exhibit I was most impressed by was the Egyptian Exhibit. They had moved a temple block by block and reassembled it in this giant modern glassed room... INCREDIBLE!!!
What I loved most, I think, was the graffiti... see the 1820 carved into the rock there. People have been graffiti-ing for longer than I ever imagined!
There was even a sphinx that Daffny and I took a selfie with!
A proper sphinx!!!
It had been a big morning for Daffny and her family, so they headed on home... and I headed to a Broadway show!
Yes, I took myself to my favourite play on Broadway - Les Miserables. I'm not ashamed to say that I sobbed when the music swelled at the start, and I cried like a baby when Jean Valjean died at the end. What an amazing experience! I'm so glad I did it!
And that wasn't all for the day. I also met another online friend, Hannah, after dinner. We talked and talked and talked until we both realised it was after midnight and she needed to go home and I needed to go to sleep! We were so distracted that I forgot to take a photo. Its ok, Hannah will feature again a little later. I needed a good nights sleep because I had big plans for the next day....
Yes, thats my leg getting tattooed! I had made an appointment in the months prior to my arrival to get a tattoo from the gorgeous Erica Flannes, who works at Red Rocket Tattoo. If you like tattoos you should do yourself a favour and check out her Instagram (she posts under @ericaflannes), and if you are in New York, get a tattoo from her. Her work is amazing.
Now that my tattoo is healed I can show you a really good photo of it.
Yes, I got a magnificent sewing themed tattoo. That is my scissors and my tape measure, and Erica added the spool of thread and the strawberry pincushion into the mix, and came up with the design. Isn't it beautiful??? The most common question people have asked me since is 'Did it hurt?' and the answer to that is Yes. It was 4 hours of agony. But I didn't die, I was fine the next day, and I have a wonderful permanent reminder of my holiday!
So that is my first two days in New York - I sure crammed a lot in!
Have you been to The MET? Did you know that people have been grafitti-ing things since forever? Is Les Miserables your flavourite musical too? What do you think of my tattoo?