The Girls Take NYC

One of my best girlfriends and I recently returned from a trip to the big apple. We were hoping to take our ladies’ trip across the sea to Ireland, but that fell through so we settled instead for a pub in the East Village where the bartenders were all Irish. We had a great time and were the only tourists within 0.1 miles of the pub, so I’d say it was a successful alternative to Ireland.

One can never eat too much pizza in NYC. Especially after midnight.
One can never eat too much pizza in NYC. Especially after midnight.

 

La-la Lady Liberty
La-la Lady Liberty

But really, we had a fantastic time in Manhattan. The city never disappoints, and as always, it leaves you wanting more. and more. Mostly, more money. But hey, its more of something at least. We did *most* of the quintessential we-are-new-york-tourists type of things… Ellis Island, Chinatown, Broadway shows, and Central Park. New York is one of the cities that you can return to time and time again and have a completely different experience each time. It just never gets old. And, there is always more to see (and eat).

The Lion King on Broadway... simply amazing!
The Lion King on Broadway… simply amazing!

The first time I ventured to the city I had just graduated high school went with a school group. I remember feeling exhilarated trying to navigate the streets and subway by myself. Everything was just so BIG. and BUSY. I grew up in small-town-America, so it was a culture shock, in the best possible way. Then, a few years later, I returned with the hubby and we met some friends from Canada. It was freezing, and I experienced true snowfall for the first time. Central Park was magical covered in ice. Beyond that, the cold just royally sucked. This past week, we had a great time window shopping and just being girls in a big city.

Long live dim sum
Long live dim sum
Being girly at Serendipity
Being girly at Serendipity

We met some really kind (and unkind) people, made new friends at a bar, walked many miles in boots that were not made for walking, ate all the dim sum our heart could desire, and got mistaken for locals… a lot (how flattering!).  Still, I haven’t even begin to touch the list of restaurants I want to try and shops I want to venture into so, until next time, NYC.

Swooning at the fall colors in Central Park
Swooning at the fall colors in Central Park

 

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Peru: A Tiny Peak into South America

It was all worth it for this view
It was all worth it for this view

A little over a month ago we decided to travel south in anticipation of seeing a great wonder of the ancient world. Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket lists, including ours. If you love history, chances are you love the mystery behind this great Incan wonder. For me, the huge appeal to MP is the great mystery of it all. It begs the question, “Just what exactly is this place?”. Who knows? That’s the best part. That’s what I love so much about history.

Desolate Beauty

Let me tell you, it was a journey for us to get to this place. While we did not hike the traditional Inca Trail due to permit restrictions, we decided on doing an easier (or so I thought) and shorter hike through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. We then took the train to Aguas Caliente to spend the night and make it up to MP before the sunrise.  When choosing trains, I highly recommend the Vistadome by PeruRail. The views were incredible and it was such a nice ride. We trekked with Alpaca Expeditions, who came highly rated on the trusty Trip Advisor. This was our first major trek, and it was an adventure to say the least. I, unfortunately, got a bad case of what I refer to as “Alpaca’s Revenge” aka food poisoning.  I’ll spare you the details, but just so you know there are no restrooms to find relief in the middle of the Andes. And so that happened. It was certainly the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever completed, but the sense of accomplishment upon reaching our destination was unparalleled.

We made it!!!!!
We made it through the high pass on our Trek!
We made it through the high pass on our Trek!