Hi everyone

Let’s continue with NYC- Day 5 & 6::

We attempted to wake up early, ubered in the city, had the well-known bagels at The Best Bagel and Coffee located in New York, New York. We grabbed some coffee at Starbucks and walked towards the Madison Square park and the Flatiron building. We sat down and spontaneously booked tickets to the Broadway show for the same night. We explored a bit at the Museum of Sex and then were headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art aka the MET.

The Flatiron building.

The Flatiron building.

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Had the best lobster rolls at

Had the best lobster rolls at Luke’s Lobster and that lemonade you see was absolutely fantastic!

Pre-show "the Book of Mormon"

Pre-show “the Book of Mormon”.

We got caught in shopping at Opening Ceremony, Zara, and at a Reiss (a London brand) sample sale nearby (haha my weakness!!!) and were almost late to the show. The Book of Mormon took about 2.5 hours starting at 7pm, located at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre near Time Square. The musical/theoretical/live show was worth every penny as I’ve never laughed that much in my life. I’d totally recommend watching it or any Broadway shows available. For dinner, we had some pretty good Chinese soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai and ubered again to the other side of the Brooklyn bridge outlooked to the NYC skyline and the statue of Liberty from afar.

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The Brooklyn bridge

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DAY 5:: It’s so sad to leave NYC already, but my flight was scheduled that same night. We made a quick stop to see the last exhibition at the stunning Frick Collection (Frick’s personal home) and had some amazing Thai food for lunch at the Pure Thai Cookhouse before heading back to D.C.

The garden in the Frick Collection

The garden in the Frick Collection

Stopped by my favorite store Acne Studio in Greene street

Stopped by my favorite store Acne Studio in Greene street and made some cheeky purchases, omg kill me!!!

Some street views before heading out

Some street views before heading out. The far right building is the new World Trade Center.

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Believe me when they say NYC/D.C traffic was the worst. We literally stayed still in traffic when we were in Delaware for 3 hours, hence I was late for the flight. I had to reschedule the meeting planned for Thursday the next day, stayed back in D.C. I feel so bad for my friend who had to drive for almost 12 hours straight and then had to pick me up again from the airport and ended up hanging out with me for another day. hah! We visited the Holocaust museum and walked around the National Mall area for the last time.

Thanks so much for reading my travel diary, this D.C/NYC edition. NYC is thus far my favorite city. It has always and is forever my favorite city as I find there’s something about it that is so refined, sophisticated, and arty from the street to the people’s fashion. I will move and live there one day.

Tips to travel and navigate in the big cities:

  • Download google map app, Uber app for quick and affordable pick-ups, Yelp app for restaurants, hotels, and places you wanna visit, and google search in general (who doesn’t use this?),
  • Always have cash with you for either tips or some places won’t take cards!
  • Bring your student ID because most of the museums do have cheaper prices for students as opposed to adult ones.
  • Wear good shoes. As you can tell by my shoe options, I ended up having 6 hug blisters on my feet for wearing shoes that aren’t made for walking, long distance at least. :/ Walk as much as you can to enjoy the view and enjoy what they mean by “the hustle and bustle of the big cities”
  • Taxis are the least preferred method in my opinion. We did end up taking a taxi to make it to the Broadway show on time.
  • Read signs carefully for street parking (of course we got a ticket right in front of our hotel). Ramp parkings can get really expensive as we paid like $28/hr twice. So be prepared!!!
  • Don’t be afraid to spend money and try out new food/things when someone suggests, BE OPEN MINDED and above of it all HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE MOMENT!!!
  • Make sure you travel with the right partner/people who share the same interests or ways of traveling. My friend was absolutely amazing and such a pleasure to travel with!!! ( We both took the risk cause this was our first time travel together! haha). I admit that this tip concludes it all as it plays a huge part in making a trip successful!!!

I LOVE NEW YORK!!! (And D.C too, of course!)

I’ll be back very soon!!!

stay inspired | as always

An Trieu