We’re going to New York City for three weeks! Are we mad? It’s going to be BOILING for goodness sake.
I LOVE London Town; I love the fact we have so much at our fingers tips, but, I have to be honest, with two children under seven, I have dreamt of a beach holiday (across the much smaller pond) in France for the large part of this year. However, my husband Bastie has the chance to work in NYC for two months – and this is obviously too good an opportunity to miss. Thankfully it is over the summer holidays so we can go and see him.
It may be more adventure than holiday, as I feel slightly ill at the thought of mixing children (mine) with jet lag. Plenty of people have told me ‘it’ll be fine’ and I’m sure it will be. Well…it’ll pass eventually. Watch this space. Writing at 2am may be my saving grace.
A slight hitch involving the US Embassy’s visa-making machine has delayed us by several days – it must be technical but I have an image of some old guys clambering under some giant printing press in exasperation – daft. I know.
FINALLY, three days after our original planned departure date, we get the go-ahead and the all important passport and visa are delivered safely in to my husband’s hands. Full steam ahead! Flights sorted within a few hours and we’re off. After one more sleep. Whoop!
I have been to NYC before – the last time was eight years ago – and I found out I was pregnant in our studio rental, right there, in downtown Manhattan. This is different though. It’s part holiday, part living as-per-normal whilst my husband works and me and the kids hang out. What an adventure. It really was too good to miss.
1. We have found a lovely family home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – yes, FAMILY HOME in (what everyone tells me) is the-place-to-be or ‘hipster-hangout’ may hit the nail more specifically on the head. This residence was found via a call out for help on social media and took all of two days: no stress. Just a lovely old work friend and a family they ‘found.’ And the family has been amazing. Very grateful.
(AirBnB was our next point of call if friends could not help)
2. I have friends from the UK who are going to be there at the same time! Whoop! Pieces of jigsaw slipping together!
3. Various places-you-have-to-go have been thrown our way and sound intriguing, such as: DUMBO (something under Manhattan bridge), free pools in EVERY park (slight exaggeration but it sounds THAT good), beaches EVERY where (kind of), Dylan’s sweet shop (important to the little boy in my life…), and that park that extends for miles above the ground? Have to find out its name: The High Line?
I have had doubts – I know it’s NEW YORK, but my husband will be working and we will be exploring a city in the middle of summer, without our usual network of mates. But, whatever happens, we are going to have a story to tell – roll on that 7 hour 30 minute flight!
See you on the other side.