First of all, let me apologize for my lack of photos. I guess I’ve been so absorbed by the city that making memories in my head seems more important than documentation. (Except for these people hand making shoes in Henri Bendel, because how amazing is that?!) Besides, tourists snap tons of photos and I am a New Yorker in training.
I need a lot of training though. I’m so used to the Toronto train system (East, West, North and South) that I forgot about all the different trains here and ended up in Brooklyn when I was trying to go to Times Square – just a little out of the way. After switching trains I found my way to the magnificent Times Square, no problem. I spent hours upon hours there with Boo meeting fictional characters, riding the ferris wheel in Toys R Us and trying on princess dresses in the Disney store. She ended up choosing Merida from Brave despite my best efforts trying to sell her on The Little Mermaid.
I’ve been told that directions aren’t really my strongest skill, however, after spending yesterday in Central Park I thought I could find my way back to the water park, no sweat. Well, I was literally drenched in sweat after speed walking around the entire park trying to find this place so Boo could splash in the sprinklers before dinnertime. What a work out. I was also wearing leather shorts and had a silent panic attack when she jumped into my lap to warm up – eek. Troubles of a fashionista…
She fell asleep on our way home and left me to be stumped by the subway once more, alone. Luckily a woman from Nebraska, who offered to help me carry the buggy, had a life-saving subway map. The plan was to go out for dinner once we got home but instead we got takeout meatballs from Meatball Obsession – which fuelled every bit of my obsession with meatballs – and watched Justice League. Why she’s so into superheroes, I’ll never know.
It’s completely bizarre to be in New York this time with a child. Usually I would be discovering new restaurants, making new New York friends and shopping at all the fabulous new stores but instead I must find kid friendly places. But, it’s not so bad. What do you think we should do tomorrow: Carriage ride? Coney Island? Double decker sight seeing?