It’s Been a While

Since my last post A LOT has happened…I came back to NYC, an amazing friend has stayed with us the last 4 days, we had a spontaneous trip to D.C., got “kidnapped”, and so much more. I hated to miss writing to you, but between running from city to city and figuring out some major life choices I just couldn’t do it. I am thrilled to be back tonight, and plan on sharing all my crazy adventures, secrets and hosting a few giveaways in the next couple of weeks!

But first, meet my very fun friend Sara.

Strolling the High Line.
Strolling the High Line.

Sara and I met while working together in Albania. She taught first grade, I taught second grade and we both kept each other from going insane while working for some not-so-nice people at a brand new international school. I cannot even begin to describe the wild and crazy times we had while living in the Balkans… there were road trips to Croatia, ski trips in Kosovo, hitch-hiking across the borders, late night dance parties, costume making, party planning and top-secret bunker painting adventures.

It’s been almost two years since I’ve seen her and I couldn’t have been more excited to have her stay with us the past weekend. It’s been a while since she’s been to NYC so we wanted to give her the grand tour.

We went to Time Square at 1am and found it to be virtually empty. I guess tourists go to bed early on Easter Sunday.

Time Sqaure
Time Square

We spent hours exploring Central Park, which has yet to bloom. Belle was desperately trying to be included in every photo.

Central Park
Central Park

If you are ever in the city and want to see the Statue of Liberty, but avoid spending $25, then take the FREE Staten Island Ferry. You get a great view of the Manhattan skyline and of Lady Liberty.

Staten Island Ferry
a Staten Island Ferry

We have habit of taking all of our guest on the top of a hotel roof to get a view of the city. This is probably (definitely) not allowed in most hotels, but it’s just so darn easy!

Illegal roof-top gazing
Illegal roof-top gazing

We shopped, ate and drank WAY too much this weekend, but how often do you get to live it up with your friends from Albania in New York?! Besides, Sara did all the shopping, I just got to live vicariously through her purchases.

FAO Schwarz shopping
FAO Schwarz shopping

The weather has yet to improve here, but we toughed out the wind, rain, and cold weather every single day.

Sight-seeing in the rain while looking like Russian babushka's.
Sight-seeing in the rain while looking like Russian babushka’s.

Even though we haven’t seen each other in years we didn’t skip a beat. We even managed a road trip to see another Albanian-friend in D.C. during her short stay! That story will have to wait for another day. Looking forward to getting back in touch with all of you!

Cheers!

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