Caitlin and I woke up at 6am on Saturday morning and headed out to grab some breakfast and a few things for the room but before we could do any of that we had to take outfit photos… obviously!
I’m wearing a metallic oversized bronze sweater from Autograph, black capris and black and silver chunky necklace from Virtu, black singlet from TS14+, black Havianas, bangles from City Chic, canvas tote from Target and sunglasses from Equip.
It was nice to just chuck something comfortable on as we were in for a full day of walking. The sweater is quite light and sheer so it was really nice and easy to wear. I nabbed it on sale for $35 just before I left Australia.
After we’d taken photos we headed inside for our first american bagel with cream cheese. I could only eat half. Over breakfast we decided that we’d try as many stereotypical American Foods as we could just for kicks.
After breakfast we went from store to store trying to find the best deal on phones and prepaid deals. It was a total pain in the ass. If you’re going to the US get your phone unlocked. The prepaid phones they have aren’t software compatible with Android Instagram. BEYOND ANNOYING. We looked at getting a portable wifi unit prepaid but that was around $300 each and we wouldn’t have been able to call each other and we’d have to stay together. In the end we each bought phones with data and credit so we can tweet, facebook, email, and message and we just take photos with our iphones and upload the pics in bulk when we find a hotspot or go back to the hotel. Extremely frustrating.
After all the stress we headed out for a bit of retail therapy. In New York there are so many people and all you ever seem to do is follow crowds, wait to be served or stand in line, it really begins to test your patience. I waited in a queue for a fitting room for 25 minutes. Painful… but the bargains were worth it.
I nabbed these two dresses from Old Navy for just $7 each!
After Caitlin had a little shopping spree we headed to Maccas at Macy’s to try our second American meal of the day. Would you believe that this is what you get when you ask for a large cheeseburger meal!
- One litre of Soft Drink
- 25cm high scoop of Fries
- Two Cheeseburgers
I honestly wasn’t that hungry, I wanted a cheeseburger and a big drink but figured it was easier and cheaper to just get the meal. Caitlin laughed at me as I opened the bag, my jaw dropped and I felt ill looking at it all. I ate half a burger, some of the drink and maybe one or two chips and threw the rest away. I mean the meal doesn’t look that big in the photo but after holding the fries up and using my head to judge scale that is one HUGE scoop people!
I felt too ick after that so we headed back to the hotel and chilled out for awhile. We explored our hotel a little more and I found out Affinia had a sense of humour when it came to their official stationary.
After a bit of fluffing about on the internet and uploading pics we realised it was dark out (8:30pm sunset) so headed up to Times Square to see the bright lights. Commercialism at it’s most flamboyant.
“Oh say can’t you see…”
Caitlin’s sheer excitement about every aspect of being in New York is so infectious, I love it. At moments where my ankles feel like they’ll never forgive me and I want to crash and burn she’ll excitedly squeal and point out something cool and run off random tid bits of information that she’s learnt from all her guide books. So far she’s been the best travel companion.
It was a Saturday night so Times Square was really crowded and since I was still feeling a little off I wasn’t really in the mood to take pictures. I plan to head up there again later in the week on my own to really make the most of all the lights.
“Bright Lights, Big City!”
The people watching in New York City is all sorts of amazing. I think if you sat in a chair, in one spot for an entire year you would still see so much. We didn’t even really venture off 7th Avenue at all that day and we hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface. We were really lucky that our hotel was in a great spot so close to everything.
Rocking my Purple Safari SHUTTER bag Camera Bag.
We’d been so busy we forgot to eat dinner but that was ok as we’d decided to have pizza, our third American meal of the day. We both ordered cheese pizza and it was really really yummy but just like the rest of the food here the sheer size of the portions were monstrous! I couldn’t finish it all but even though my stomach was doing little flip flops it was nice to be able to say I’d tried a few iconic meals.
We got back to room, uploaded pics and got settled for the night…
… but not before taking a pre-dawn photo of the skyline from our window.
#DMNYC Day Three Coming Soon!