Day 6 in NYC: Carlo's Bakery and Broadway

NYC, TKTS Booth,

So almost had a wifi scare yesterday because my roommate had thought she needed to turn over our modem, but thankfully, we found a solution and I can keep updating this blog :) . Anyway, our sixth day in the Big Apple was amaze balls! We started the day early attending a church related thing my mom wanted to do that is based in Brooklyn (she is a JW if you wish to know, AND RESPECT). After that we made our way down to the TKTS discount booth at the Jay St Metrotech and got tickets to the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. My sister and me were beyond excited because that is one of our favorite musicals and movies. 

Since we had time to spare between buying the tickets and when the show, we decided it was a good idea to make our way over to Hoboken, New Jersey, at Dirtsa's insistence. She really wanted to go visit Cake Boss's bakery, the original of course, not the one in Times Square. So off we went to wait for 3 hours to get in for a few cannoli.

Hoboken, Carlo's Bake Shop, Cake boss

So here is Carlo's Bake Shop in all its glory. And like I said we waited 3 hours to get in. The line went as long as across the street where you had to get a number and wait in line until it was your turn. Now it wasn't so long that that is why it took 3 hours to get our pastries, but it just happened to be that shortly after we got in line, Buddy and his crew had a meeting with Governor Christie and the small business committee (something like that). We were not happy, at first, until we started talking and became friends with a nice Irish family who was waiting in line in front of us. We had some good conversation with them and have kept in touch with them through FaceBook! Isn't it great how easily one can make friends while traveling? Anyway, after the 3 hours of waiting, we FINALLY got to the front of the line, and the best part, we got to take a picture with buddy.

buddy, cake boss, Hoboken, New Jersey, carlo's bake shop

We got lucky about that opportunity too since they told us we were the last people allowed to take a picture because Buddy had to leave. That also explains the weird look on my face and Dirtsa's awkwardly pointing. She was trying to tell the guy taking the picture he had to focus. After the picture we were allowed to go inside and place our order. I was able to get a shot of the inside. We ended up getting cannoli and some pirouettes. 

Hoboken, carlo's bake shop, cake boss

Then it was time to go back into the city. Since we still had some time on our hands before the show, we decided to walk around and get some pictures in. Sorry for the blurriness again. I love my Nikon D3100, but really dislike it's lack of autofocus for quick snapshots. 


Times Square, NYC, Broadway


At last, it was time for the show!!!! We were soooo excited. We were also grateful to finally have the chance to sit down since we were on our feet for the greater part of the day. If you haven't seen Phantom of the Opera live, I truly recommend it. It is one of the most magical experiences of my life. The set design was amazing and the best part was the chandelier being lifted up at the beginning of the show. The singing was even more incredible and the performers were excellent. It definitely has been the cherry on top of everything NYC, and that includes all of my time here. Enjoy the pics :)

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Treats & Glitz,
Astrid


Day 5 in NYC: Walking Central Park, ALL OF IT

central park

So I know I was really good on this blog for a while earlier this month and it might have seen I was back to being a bad blogger. BUT this time I have a valid excuse. I was actually avoiding and procrastinating on my final projects and papers by working on this blog ( LOL yes my form to avoid what I should be doing is being productive in other things I've procrastinated on), but alas I had to pay attention to final projects and papers as well as finish up my internship. So now that everything is officially done and turned in, I can get back to giving this blog the much love it needs. Anyway off to what this blog is about and that is the fifth day of NYC touristy things which was walking all of Central Park. 

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Let's Begin

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central park

central park

So when my mom asked what we should do on this day of the vacation week, I suggested why don't we do one of the most NYC touristy things I could thing of which was to visit Central Park. We all agreed that it was a good idea, but my were we naive. See, we didn't know just how big the park actually was, we just thought oh we will get right to the parts of the park we always hear or see in any show that takes place in NYC. Well we were in for a big awakening. When I looked up the directions for how to get there, I had many different options for "addresses" and so I decided that starting at the North End would be the best idea so we could start from the very top (again I was very naive to just how much the park embarked). That meant we ended up starting near Harlem. 

We then decided to choose a random trail that for whatever reason made sense to us and went on our merry way. Well this meant we ended up walking around, somewhat aimlessly, for 2 hours. We seriously just walked and walked and walked and of course I took many pictures in between. Even though we, especially my mom and Dirtsa, wanted to make sense of this trail and end up somewhere of notice where we could call it a day and say we walked through Central Park so this could be over, I must say we got some really nice views. 

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My pretty sister allowing me to take an artsy pic of her on the bridge :)

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central park

Central Park
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre(or so the sign said)


Central park


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Sorry for the Blurriness, hard to focus in bright sunlight

Central Park

Central park

Eventually we did find Sheep's Meadow, and the Carousel, and to much relief a place to eat called the BallPlayer's House. And we ended up walking ALL of the park or at least walked from the very North end to the very South end by Fifth Avenue. So yea, my mom and sister were definitely pissed I made them walk about 6 miles that day. However that didn't stop us from making a quick visit to FAO Schwartz at the end of it LOL. In all honesty though, I really enjoyed myself because the park truly did feel magical. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pictures and here are some more.

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Central park
Carousel

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Food, Finally!

Central Park





Central park
View of the buildings from inside the park

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Mom and Dirtsa

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Mom and me :)

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Ending with the monument(?) on Fifth Avenue.



fao schwartz
Best Ending to a nature filled day LOL
Tired feet, but much love,
Astrid


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Day 1 in New York City: Times Square and Fifth Avenue

So as promised, here is my post on my first day in the wonderful New York City. The picture above is one I took while strolling down the famour Fifth Avenue. I became obsessed with the buildings here as you can tell by this picture LOL. But before I go into that, let's rewind back a little. Once my mom, sister and me changed out of our grossness from flying, we walked over to the subway station just 2 minutes from my new "home" and took the 7 train out to Times Square. We explored for maybe 10 minutes before we decided to look for a place to eat because we hadn't had a proper meal since earlier that morning and it was already 4 pm. So we Yelped nearby restaurants and found Carmine's.


It was honestly the best Italian food we have had in our lives! Sadly, Los Angeles has yet to step up in this regard :( Anyway, for those of you who haven't been to Carmine's, it serves family style plates, i.e. "sharing is encouraged" as stated by the hostess. Indeed, we filled up on a caesar salad and some rigatoni and broccoli and still had left overs. Honestly, if you visit NYC come here and if you want to see a Broadway show, it's right in the theater district. 

While we could have explored Times Square after our delicious meal, my sister had mentioned wanting to go to Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue and so we headed north. We started walking east on Fifth Avenue instead of west though so we had to turn back, and boy was it a long way to her intended destination. However, no true complaints as we got to see some other famous stores as well as other awesome landmarks. The one I truly geeked out over? 

If you guessed, New York Public Library then you are right! Honestly being the bookworm that I am, it really shouldn't come as a surprise. Now you know where I'll be spending my time since I'm trying not to accumulate books while I'm here. The reason being, how will I bring them back to LA with me, since I probably won't stop at 5 LOL. Anyway, we also found St. Patrick's Cathedral(not pictured) which is being restored as well as other really architecturally amazing churches (pictures below) that I don't remember the names of. 



We also found Trump Towers along the way. While I'm not a fan of Donald Trump at all(I find him highly arrogant and therefore annoying), this building itself was quite the view due to how tall it is that you truly have to twist your neck a bit to take all of it in. It also wouldn't fit all in one picture.



Impressive right?! I certainly thought so. Finally though, we made it to Tiffany's. And of course my sister needed a picture to capture the memory.


We also found what I think is the coolest Apple Store, ever! Yes, I know, I'm a total geek/nerd LOL.


Well, it's getting late and tomorrow will be another day of site seeing. I will post all about Day 2 tomorrow which was mostly exploring my new neighborhood. And I'll leave you with some more pictures.

Dirtsa under a Fifth Avenue sign

Famous Yellow Taxi and Police Line(sorry for the trouble, JK)

Obsessed. 

Under scaffolds :)

Coolest Mailbox in my opinion, but then again, I love things with old school charm!

In love with the buildings/skyline here

Louis Vuitton on Fifth Avenue

In front of Tiffany's


Bergdorf Goodman (part of it anyway)

Heading Home on the 7 train.
XOXO,
Astrid



The Move, it's Finally Here

Hey guys so last night was the night; my last night in sunny Los Angeles. I was a nervous wreck trying to pack last minute (I ended up overpacking), but that's what I get for procrastinating and overwhelming myself. I almost, almost ended things with my boyfriend Michael, but in the end we worked through our disagreement and are stronger than ever. Anyway, back to the good stuff LOL.

We made it on time to our flight, though I had to pack an overweight fee. I doesn't really surprise me, I've always been one of those people who like to overpack to be overprepared but uses like half of what she brings with her. Now I know I have maybe dropped a hint here and there about this, but in case you missed it, I'm moving to the Big Apple for the rest of 2013 as part of an exchange program at my school. I have always wanted to go to NYC, even if it was for a short visit, so this is definitely taking care of my bucket list, and then some.

However, as excited as I was to move to NYC and embark on this adventure, it was still bittersweet to leave the city I was born and raised in, behind. Once we got on the plane and seated and shenanigans had been taken care of, it was finally time to relax and get some sleep, but did I? No! I could not sleep a wink on the first plane(we had a stop in quiet Cincinnati, Ohio). I would try to, and then I'd start thinking about how much I miss the little girl I took care of and Michael and a bunch of other thoughts that plagued my mind. My sister and mom sorta slept, so they got some rest. I however slept maybe 30 minutes towards the end and even that was barely passable as sleeping.

Then we had a luggage issue because when we went to claim a carry on that had been too big to fit overhead, we saw one of our checked in luggages, but not the other. Well turns out, neither checked in luggage should have shown up on the carousel so it was kind of a blessing we had to get our carry on or else my luggage would not have made it to where it needed to go. Then we had some breakfast that was not all that great and my mom and sister slept on the floor like bums while I, still not able to fall asleep tried to work on uploading pictures onto my computer.
Oh and our connecting flight got delayed. When we finally boarded, we boarded the smallest aircraft possible.
But alas, we made it to La Guardia Airport safely and I finally got some sleep on that plane. We got a cab and made it to where I will be living for my time in NYC. We were glad to finally be on the ground and quickly set out to explore, but I will save my first day of NYC for tomorrow's post. Talking of which, I know I've been bad at sticking with my 21 days, and I may start it all over, but my reason for failing to stick to it is well the whole moving, packing, getting things together ordeal. So with that being said, I've also decided to blog about my NYC adventures and share them with you. Hope that makes you happy, cuz believe me, NYC is a whole lot of fun :)

Kisses from the Big Apple,
Astrid