Last weekend we had the most generous opportunity to go to New York City for the holiday weekend. Erica’s parents paid for our trip as a belated graduation gift. Erica has been to NYC before but not since she was 18; this was Declan’s first time in the Big Apple. It was a busy couple of days, filled with lots of walking, lots of great food, and well, just read our summary below…
Our much needed “vacation” technically started on Thursday night when we went to go see Mumford and Sons in Pittsburgh. It was a beautiful evening for a concert and they sounded amazing live. The show was totally worth it, however, the traffic was not. A 30 minute drive took 2.5 hours to get to the venue. And trying to leave was a nightmare. We literally crawled out of there. No joke, we’d move a few feet, turn the car off, wait ten minutes, and start the car once the line stated to move. All in all we got back home at 1 am.
The next day Declan had work and Erica had class, both of us were exhausted. We met back home after, quickly packed up our stuff and set of for NYC, a six hour drive from Pittsburgh. We were delayed a bit when we stopped at Panera for dinner. A team of high school field hockey players arrived just before we did. So an estimated 15 minute stop turned out to be well over 45 minutes! We finally got to our hotel, a few miles outside of the city, at 1 am.
We woke up early on Saturday because we had some special brunch plans at 11 am. We took a bus and the subway to Brooklyn and arrived at Hunter’s just in time to meet our favorite blogger Sasha from chezsasha.com! If you didn’t know, Sasha was one of our first followers when we started our blog almost 3 years ago. We’ve only communicated through our blogs and Facebook. This was the first time we met her in real life (it was really her, it didn’t turn out to be some weird Catfish scenario)! When we found out we were going to visit NYC, we asked if she would be free to meet up. She not only met up with us, she hung out with us the whole day! Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture of us all together, we’ll have to save that for when she comes to visit Pittsburgh 🙂
Anyway, we started the day with an amazing brunch and proceeded to walk around Brooklyn. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and stopped at Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club for some refreshments and conversation. Next, we toured the 9/11 memorial. A somber moment but one that didn’t dampen our spirits as we caught a subway train back into Brooklyn for some dinner at Crif Dogs. We then hit up a Swedish espresso bar to refuel, for the evening was fast approaching and we were drowsy after hot dogs and a hot day. We went to a rooftop bar in Williamsburg where we spent the rest of the evening talking with Sasha, meeting some new folks including Sasha’s boyfriend Rene, and of course enjoying some tasty beverages (one of which was beer from Hofbrauhaus!). We left a little before midnight to get back to our hotel. It was a great day, thanks Sahsa!
For the third straight day we went to bed after 1 am. We got to sleep in a little on Sunday since the Broadway show we were seeing, Wicked, didn’t start until 2pm. After the show, we walked Central Park and ate some amazing Italian gelato from a stand that was adamant they weren’t open on St. Michael’s Day – September 29th (our anniversary btw!). We were still hungry and a bit tired, so we took the subway to Little Italy where we enjoyed a delicious dinner. Pasta, wine, dessert, you name it. As you can see, we licked our plates clean…
On Monday we finally got to sleep in! Well rested, we headed back home to make it back just in time to see our Pitt Panthers battle it out with the Florida State Seminoles in our first ACC football game. Since we are alumni, we don’t sit in the student section anymore, but the view ain’t too bad from our new seats!
It was a hectic Labor Day weekend but totally worth it. Thank you everyone who helped make it happen!