So, as I mentioned in my last post, it’s been a bit quiet here recently due to a number of reasons, one of which being a week-long work trip to the US of A (alright for some, eh?), and then spending the following week recovering from a combination of jet lag and exhaustion, whilst still working 9-5. Now that I’ve had time to think, let me tell you a bit about my trip….
The work part took me to Baltimore for 4 days, which although was a lot of fun and a very productive few days in the office, I won’t bore you with the details as I saw very little of Baltimore itself (unless you count a rather crazy taxi journey from the station which involved more u-turns than I care to remember).
I was lucky enough to squeeze in a couple of tourist days around work, the first being in Washington D.C. I saw the White House (of course), and what felt like hundreds of Starbucks stores (there really s one on every corner) but have to say I was more impressed by my visit to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I only wish I’d had more time to explore this more thoroughly, and check out all the other museums in the area as well, as if the Natural History Museum is anything to go by they could have certainly filled a week on their own.
As a reward for my hard work, I headed to New York City at the end of the week, armed with some spending money, but unfortunately not an umbrella. Luckily I was travelling with my manager who I get along well with and have similar interests to, so there was no arguing over where to see (or would where to shop be more accurate?) on our whistle-stop tour of the city.
Arriving in NYC late after a severely delayed train journey, we quickly dried off in the hotel from the downpour we got caught in on the way from Penn station, but didn’t let that dampen our enthusiasm for taking in the city. With inappropriate footwear, a light jacket, and only a beret to protect me from the elements, we followed the bright lights to Times Square and soon forgot about our wet feet and numb hands.
The following morning we headed back to Times Square and hit a few shops on the way, my favourite new find being ‘Loft’ (www.loft.com) which I’d never actually come across before. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to go back and purchase the couple of things I had my eye on, but after browsing online I feel I’ll soon be rectifying that!
We filled our afternoon with a stroll down Madison Avenue, secretly hoping to be transported back to 1965 and bump into Don Draper or Peggy Olsen, but no luck on that front I’m afraid. We headed off down 5th Avenue instead, and found ourselves in Banana Republic for more time that we should have given our few hours remaining. (In my next post I’m planning to tell you all about my purchases from the store).
A bit more aimless wandering and a quick trip to Macy’s and JC Penney later, and it was time to head back to the station and travel to Newark for our flight home. It only took a few hours, but I definitely fell a little bit in love with NY while I was there, although after a hectic and tiring week was happy to be heading home.
Thanks for having me America, maybe I’ll be back one day!