I want to wish a speedy recovery and a lot of strength to New York that is suffering a lot with this whole pandemic situation of the COVID-19. My heart is with you.
Everyone who knows me - even just a little bit - knows how much I love the United States of America. My parents, luckily for me, gave me the opportunity to visit this beautiful country twice.
I'm not going to talk a lot about the first time since I was merely 10 years old and I don't remember that much from New York. However, I remember clearly Miami and Orlando (yes theme parks!!!) and I'll certainly save that for another post.
Back in April 2018, my sister was studying in Baltimore, so we went there to visit her. I didn't get to see much of Baltimore, but I sure felt happy - while listening For Baltimore - All Time Low - for seeing my sister for the first time in three months.
Anyways, the flight was awful, and so was the landing in BWI, but we made it there! It was 10P.M so the first thing we did was head to a Burger King, eat something and then drive to Baltimore. When we saw my sister, me and my mom went CRAZY running for her and hugging her. She was living in """the good part""" of the city. Everything around her building seemed so beautiful (at night) with shiny trees and all that. But then it was morning, and I can assure you that town is oddly beautiful in its way, but I woke up with a gunshot and a "wtf man?" :) Downtown is really pretty - if you ever go to Baltimore they have a beautiful Barnes & Noble. I'm honestly really sad I didn't get to know more of Baltimore. Also in Baltimore we had that whole experience of going to a Giant to buy stuff for my sister and it was so different from our usual grocery stores: way bigger and you can get Starbucks. However, I did see the dark side of it on our way to New York and it was rather scary. But I was glad my sister seemed to be surrounded by good people.
On our second day, we went to D.C. (about 45 minutes away from Baltimore) - a city way different than all the other US' cities I've been in. Firstly, the buildings can't be taller than the Washington Monument, so it makes everything totally different. Secondly, it is more of a business city rather than a touristic one. I really loved it, the vibes are different and its beauty stands out. My favorite part wasn't the White House, it was way too far and I got called out by an officer for putting a foot out of the sidewalk xD But the Capitol is absolutely beautiful and it has a breathtaking garden around it. That's the thing about Washington, it's full of beautiful flowers. We had lunch at a typical steakhouse from Texas and the vibe was amazing.
At the end of the day we sat on the garden eating the best cupcakes in the city!
Now the best part: the car ride to New York seemed so so so long but as soon as I saw the New York skyline it felt like a dream (I was listening Sordid Affair by Royksopp btw). We entered the city through the Lincoln Tunnel, and as it ended, I looked from the window and I was suddenly in the middle of all of those skyscrapers. Our hotel was a block away from Times Square and I went there first to ask for a parking ticket in the hotel. The hotel guy was super happy and sweet - honestly, everyone in the USA seems to be so nice with you, they're completely different with strangers than we are. Anyways, the hotel guy was like "you have a great English where are you from?" and when I said Portugal - like all Americans - he answered "Portugal!! Ronaldo!" but yeah, dad left the car literally in a drawer, amazing.
On the first day we didn't do much, we arrived around 4P.M. so we went to Times Square, Hard Rock and then to a REALLY good Italian restaurant, walked a little bit and went back to the hotel.
The next day, me and my dad went to the closest Dunkin' Donuts and we got donuts for us and our family. Soon enough we started our last day of walking around, we went to the Rockefeller Center - probably one of my favorite places in New York since the flags give me such a good feeling of union between all of the world. Before a walk on Central Park - this time without snow like the first time - we had lunch on a Five Guys near the 5th Ave! The 5th Ave and the Central Park were where we spent our afternoon, just appreciating the views and everything around us. Later that day, before going back to Maryland, we went to Wall Street and Lower Manhattan and saw the Statue of Liberty (from a distance).
All in all, I'm really sad that I don't remember that much from the first time in NY, since we were there for 5 days instead of 2. I do remember visiting the Central Park covered in snow, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero, but there are a lot of things I can't recall. But our first time there is the reason why we didn't spend more than two days in NY this time.
It was New York nonetheless and I miss it like crazy.
I really recommend New York for you guys, even though it is really expensive, it is worth if you stay there for approximately a week, to have time to visit everything - not only the essential - and to live a little bit of the American life and the American Dream we all have.
MY TOP 5 NEW YORK RECOMMENDATIONS!
Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock
(and one extra) The High Line
USA CITIES IN MY FAV ORDER
New York City
If COVID-19 lets us, we have a trip to NYC again from the 25th of December until the 8th of January to get to know more of New York and its surroundings. Hopefully it will go as planned and I'll have more experiences and pictures to post here. AND I'll get to spend my 18th bday (4th Jan) there, and New Year's Eve!!
Hope you enjoyed it, and comment down below you're favorite place in the USA or New York :)
See ya soon!