Maybe I should start with an apology, since it has been ten months since I last wrote something on here. So, here it is: I am sorry! But finishing the master’s thesis took a lot of my energy and it caused me to be pretty much uninspired for writing blog posts. Please, forgive me.
In my new year’s resolutions I said I wanted to travel more in 2016, and well, in June we went to NEW YORK CITY! The people that follow me on instagram, probably already know this, since I have been posting too many pictures. But the trip to that city was so overwhelming and amazing that I have to dedicate some post(s) to it. It was my first time outside Europe and I loved that everything was pretty much like in the movies (lol). Today I will describe what we did on one of my favourite days of this trip.
We were there for one week and felt the need to do as much as we could every single day (obviously), but on Sunday we decided to take it easy, so we ended up having a picnic in Central Park. This might be a bit cliché, but Central Park is definitely one of my favourite places in Manhattan. Coming from a small town, the crowds and noises of New York were pretty incredible for me and the peace and quiet that Central Park offered, were more than welcome.
So, at the home of our friends, where we stayed during the whole visit, we prepared some lunch and took it to the park. We spread out some blankets and enjoyed our food surrounded by birds and squirrels. Of course there was Spanish cheese included, some good sandwiches and beer that was brewed in Brooklyn. Afterwards we had an icecream from a street vendor and I couldn’t feel more local than in that moment (however I was probably surrounded by hundreds of tourists).
Afterwards we decided to walk around a bit and when we passed the boathouse we basically couldn’t resist and decided we had to get in a little boat and row around on the lake. How very touristy of us. But it was so much fun and definitely worth the waiting line! I should give credits of the pictures to my boyfriend, because I was basically scared to take the camera in my hands out of fear to drop it in the water. No joke.
I think we were allowed to spend 45 minutes in the boat and that was enough time to see different parts of Central Park, like the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain (think XOXO Gossip Girl), the beautiful bow bridge and a skyline of different parts of New York pretty much everywhere you looked. Even after spending several days there, I still found myself being surprised by all the huge buildings.
Before leaving the park we made a stop at the express cafe, which belongs to the boathouse, where you can have a drink and a bite to eat for an affordable price. And then we headed more downtown to finish the day at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. There we had a drink with views over the Empire State building during sunset and my New York experience was pretty much complete.
It was so much fun to experience Central Park from a different angle and I would definitely recommend a relaxed day like this if you plan to visit the city! Though I am pretty sure we haven’t seen enough of this beautiful part of Manhattan yet. I would have loved to do a cycling tour in the park (blame the Dutchie inside me), but time was short and there were other parts of New York to discover. This might mean we will have to go back some day…