Owls In New York City!

Hello Owl friends, Ana here.  We wanted to tell you a little bit about our experience in New York.  We had a blast at BEA and in New York.  This was my 4th time going to the Big Apple, so I knew what to expect, but it was Daisel and Andy's first time.  Here is their take on the whole "the city that never sleeps", experience. LOL

Ah, New York. Where do I even begin. So let's just say NY and I didn't exactly get a long. I was there for less than 5 mins (no lie) and I was already being yelled at. Ummmm, what? Yeah, you heard me, getting yelled at. The welcome wagon decided to come out in full force. -.- *le sigh* That pretty much set the tone for how my trip was gonna be. Serious question for our NY readers: What is it with you guys and power walking? Everybody said "get prepared for BEA" No. Get prepared for NY! I found muscles I didn't even know I had! All the power walking/running, stairs and inclines have left my body broken. Gym? No, just go to NY lol! I'll have a funny story about that later. 

I ended up going with Leydy from Once Upon a Twilight to a lot of places since she had been to the City many times before, and completely loves it. I accomplished a lot in the short amount of time I was there and I'm really glad. We ended up going to see the Empire State zBuilding and, wow, that view was so worth the $29 bucks. You get to see the entire city and it is beyond beautiful.We ended up missing BookCon (thank god) and went out to explore the City instead. My priority for the entire trip was going to the 9/11 Memorial. Chilling, haunting and overwhelming. I went the first night we got there and the silence you hear is like nothing else. The two times I was out there my entire body broke out in chills. I'm so grateful that I was able to pay my respects. We walked a few blocks down to Battery Park and I finally got to see Lady Liberty! She was beautiful even from a distance. I got to sit there for a while and really take everything in. 

Now let's start with the journey we had to go through to get to the Brooklyn Bridge. While at Battery Park we decided to ask someone how to get over there (It was Saturday and some of the trains weren't running. >_< I can't even begin to tell you how annoying that was. I mean, this is the City that never sleeps right? Why would trains stop running on WEEKENDS?!) and they said we could walk. -.-  We searched it on google maps: It would've taken us 54 mins meaning 3 hours. I'm telling you power walking. Well we somehow managed to get over there and guess what? It starts sprinkling. Hey, let's wait it out it's just a cloud... NOT! There was a 10% chance of rain.. 10%!! It started pouring, the bridge was right there, the mission we went through to get there only to be stopped by rain. We found a guy selling dollar ponchos and of course as soon as we buy one it stops raining. I'm telling you NY just loved me. 

Times Square was a lot smaller than I originally thought. I can say I've been, but it wasn't anything that I was crazy about. That Toys R Us was AMAZING though. They have an actual working ferris wheel inside of the store! How cool is that?! :D My last day was spent at probably my favorite place in the entire city. Central Park. That place is absolutely beautiful and I could spend forever in there. Not only did I find an Owl, but that owl guided me into the direction of where Chuck and Blair got married!!! As you can tell from the picture below my smile cannot be contained. I love those two and miss them a ton. It didn't click until I got home but the little pond in front of it is where Enchanted was filmed at too. My worlds all decided to collide. 

Hi Owls, so I am here to tell you some of my New York experience. I was traveling with my best friend Jenn from Books & Swoons, our flight got delayed 5 minutes, then 20 minutes and THEN 1 hour! Yes, way to start our trip, but I wasn't that upset about that. The flight was OK.  We had some turbulence and all that fun stuff that you get to experience up high in the sky, but outside of that, it was a pretty nice. Arriving at the city was a completely different story! 

This was my first time in the City, so I was in awe with all the scenes, so many taxis, so many tall buildings and so many people walking (fast, too fast!).  I enjoyed the City a lot! I didn't get to visit all the places that I originally had in mind because believe me, if you attend BEA, the least thing you want to do at night is walk! I will go back and visit in a real vacation. I would love to see more of what this City has to offer. I am glad I was able to go to The Top Of The Rock and the Empire State building, they both have breathtaking views, definitely worth the money. Overall, I had a great time and can't wait to do it all again (maybe in Chicago next time) !! 
Plane ride!


Tiny Tiny Hotel Room!

Empire State Building!


Dinner Time!


Out for a Walk!


Rockefeller Center!




World Trade Center


Battery Park


Brooklyn Bridge


Times Square


Grand Central Station


Central Park



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