As you get to know me a little better, you will soon discover that my version of procrastination is browsing through Sky Scanner. I’m always on there looking and this time was no exception. Before I knew it I’d booked flights to New York. Honestly, they were so cheap would have been rude not to.
After a hop, skip and a jump across the pond, actually arriving in the land of the free was very stressful. Three full flights of Internationals landed at the same time, and I somehow managed to be the last one through security. The man in uniform was not best pleased to see that I had worked in America two years previously. So I was faced with question after question, bouncing from officer to officer, until finally I ‘passed.’
Frustrated I’d spent so long in security, very jet lagged and filled with soggy airplane food, I knew I needed something fresh, something green. So, I jumped on the wi-fi and messaged an old friend who lives in the city and demanded that we go out for salad!
After a scary walk through East Brooklyn, a brief moment of getting lost and a subway ride that I most definitely should not have done in the dark, I made it to Manhattan.
To my delight, it has suddenly become ‘hip’ and ‘trendy’ to eat organic in NYC! I couldn’t have been happier.
My friend, bless him, was excited to have a catch up but wasn’t overly pleased with my restaurant choice. I want to tell you that in spite of his apprehension, he thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Yet ,this was not the case; the burger lover that he is meant that he wouldn’t even give it a try! Well, more fool him.
I munched my way through a giant bowl of organic greens, topped with chopped juicy seasonal peaches, organic goats cheese and roasted almonds. Not quite vegan, but nevertheless healthy and delicious! Just the boost I needed after a groggy flight. In fact, the food was so delicious that I didn’t even pause to take a picture for you guys! But I can assure you, it tasted just as good as it sounds.
Next up was a late night walk around the city with my very own local to show me around! He pained his way through selfies outside wall street, and panoramas of the freedom tower and New York skyline. He was a good sport and did his best not to cringe at my touristy ways!
Having not slept for 24hours, the yawning was becoming more and more frequent until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. So it was back to the hostel for a good nights sleep. Not bad for my first day though, eh?
Written by: Sasha Rae