I have been traveling more than intended or like the past two months so there was nothing more exciting or rewarding than knowing this trip I was going to have a full 48 hours with my two favorite people in Manhattan.
It's something we talk about all the time - how we MUST make sure our work travel gets integrated into personal travel - whether it's for a long weekend or a quick day trip. I miss so much time at home already - not doing these things would be not only a missed opportunity....it would be missed memories that I can never get back.
Weather was not on our side with rain and cold. So we improvised. Nate took Captain in his first NYC taxi, first subway, first NYC pizza AND ice skating in Central Park before I was done with work. I met them at the hotel, in hipster outdoor tents where we ate grilled cheese and drank wine, recapping the day.
Dinner was a trek through intermittent sprinkles to Little Italy, where I happened to choose the most elite, hard to get into and un-kid friendly restaurant...so we switched tactics and went to one of the oldest pizza places in NYC that was also a bit of a tourist trap and SUPER kid friendly. Nate got cupcakes for his dessert, Captain filled up on Dylan's candy bar, and I bought myself a nice bottle of Nebbiolo and then cuddled in bed with Night At The Museum on to get Captain pumped for the next day's field trip.
In the morning we had amazing breakfast, I bought myself a monster 33 ounce BKR bottle, and we trained it uptown to The Museum of Natural HIstory to see Theodore Roosevelt, the T Rex, and about a hundred other dinosaurs. We wandered the halls for over over two hours and hardly made a dent in that amazing place.
As we watched the clouds get nastier, we decided to cab it down to 42nd street so Captain could see Times Square with all it's lights and chaos - rain does not deter the thousands of tourists lining the sidewalks like we had secretly hoped it would.
We ate at the hotel that night, exhausted from the marathon and so happy to be together. The rain only got worse on Sunday - Nate and I found an overpriced diner to eat while Captain waited patiently for us to be done so he could have Dunkin' Donuts - I actually think he won that round.
And then they were off - heading back to LA. So fast.
But so rad.
Stayed: The Arlo Hotel Soho
Ate: West Bourne - coffee and breakfast. Harry Meats Three dinner. Nickel Nickel Diner Brunch. Lombardi's Pizza.
Went: Ice Skating in Central Park. Natural History Museum. Soho. Times Square.