Breakfast was early at 7 a.m. to get ready for a meet up with a family friend way back from U.A.E. We walked to Hoboken Station from our rented condo and headed to 42nd Street/ Times Square.
Riding the New York Subway reminded me very well of Vancouver. It was crowded, people were always in a hurry and the trains were very frequent unlike back in Calgary. As tourists and my elders being quite unfamiliar with using transit, naturally, we moved at a slower pace and locals showed obvious signs of annoyance. That was expected on my part because Vancouverites act similarly.
We arrived at Times Square early and achieved so without getting lost. Since we had time before our intended meet-up, we roamed around H&M and Modells. At Modells, a salesman greeted me with, “Hi, how are you?” and to my reply, “Good, and you?” To his surprise at my friendly gesture, or rather Canadian ways of politeness, he gave me a big smile which made my day. Having been to the States multiple times, I am well aware that it is rare for salespersons to encounter friendly customers, let alone ask them how they are doing.
There were mascots everywhere in Times Square. We decided to take a picture with them and realized after that they asked for tips. Personally, I don’t mind but, if you ever visited New York, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Can we just laugh at how there are two Elmos? Who’s the impostor?
Then we headed to McDonalds for a little snack: panels of TV screens everywhere, an ambiance of an old club and 4 floors high! How odd is that? Then we headed to Hard Rock to be gifted with souvenirs from our family friend. The Gibson guitar deco was so cool!
Soonafter, we rode the Staten Island Ferry and got a gorgeous view of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty. On our return, we went to the 9/11 Memorial, ate at Così (which was delicious) and to my dismay, looked around for Parsons but did not find it. However, we visited the Strand bookstore, a 3-level beauty filled with so much knowledge and art! I decided to snatch up a book of Maya Angelou’s poems as memorabilia, as well as an addition to my collection.
We had an exhausting day of taking the stairs and Subway all day, but it was quite the experience. We felt how it was like to live like a New Yorker and to be honest, I think it’s not our cup of tea. We very much enjoy our slow-paced, decongested and laid back life in Calgary, but we’re not ready to return until we finish our adventures. Tomorrow, we shall commence again!
A plus tard et avec l’amour!