This past weekend I hopped a train to New York City for a winter weekend getaway to celebrate my baby sister’s 25th birthday. Yes, she may be a quarter century old now but even when we’re wrinkly old ladies she will always be my baby sister.
Although I’m more of a small city girl (hence why I chose to live in Boston), I always have a great time in New York. There really is so much to do, plus having my family and many close friends in the area is always a bonus.
We arrived at my sister’s apartment right after 8:00 pm Friday night and got ready to head out to celebrate (no rest for the weary!). I ignored that fact that I’m an old lady disguised as a thirty-year-old and lived it up as only the early to mid-20s crowd can, chowing down on delicious pizza and throwing back pickle shots in the East Village. (In case you are wondering, a pickle back shot is a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. I know, I know, it sounds disgusting, but as long as you like pickes it masks the taste of the whisky amazingly.)
I saw some friends of mine I had not seen in months and friends of my sister’s that I had not seen since about a decade before they could legally drink. Alas, since the music was blaring I spent most of the evening shouting and pretending to have actual conversations with them.
Amazlingly I managed to stay out until about 1:00 am. This is the second time in a week I had actually stayed up past 10:30 pm. It’s like I’m 22 again (hah!).
The rest of the weekend was thankfully much more low-key as I spent it catching up with people and having non-yelling conversations, enjoying the beautiful (albeit cold) weather, walking around New York, and taking a ridiculous number of pictures with my camera. Here is just a very tiny sampling:
Top row: Late brunch of one of the most delicious eggs benedict at ABC Kitchen in Union Square. Ingredients are locally sourced, organic, and humanely raised, and the decor in the restaurant was beautiful.
Second row: Was so excited to come across this gorgeous hand-spun & naturally dyed yarn made by Catskill Merino Sheep Farm at the Union Square Farmer’s market. It took all my willpower (and a reminder of all the unused yarn I have at home) not to buy it.
Third row: At my friend Boris’ apartment in Brooklyn Heights; that’s him (left) and Sam (right)
Fourth & Fifth Row: At the Brooklyn Museum, taking advantage of the first free Saturdays doing a craft project and Boris photobombing.
Last Row: Me and Sam at this cute little cafe around the corner from the museum.
Highlights from the weekend included:
- Food, food and more food (why do I eat so much every time I travel?). My sister even managed to find me a passion fruit donut! (Which, by the way, was much better than the passion fruit donut from Dunkin Donuts I had in Colombia)
- A trip to the Brooklyn Flea, my first attempt having been thwarted by Superstorm Sandy
- Meandering around Brooklyn with some of my closest college friends
- Snapping lots and lots of photos
- Spending some time with my family, who came in on Saturday for a birthday lunch with my sister
- Hanging out with my best friend, sister and her roommates for a hilarious dinner where we talked about the most inappropriate things
- Taking the train–I love the train, it’s so much more enjoyable than driving or taking a cramped bus
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