Jess and Chip’s amazing Manhattan wedding (and everything that went along with it- the rehearsal, the breakfast on Sunday, their first dance, walking down the aisle, getting to dance with the boy).
Going with the boy to one of our unofficial first date spots so many years later, and getting to show him some of my New York places, and thinking about how much has changed for me since we first met, and how far we have come, and how happy I am.
Staying in a glitzy hotel together for the first time in the biggest, never-sleeping city in the world.
Catch ups with those I’ve left behind in New York with my move to London - I hadn’t seen them since Christmas last year! It’d been far too long.
Being a tourist in the city, but knowing where to go and how everything works - almost the best situation you could ask for imo.
Eating all the food (1 Mexican dinner, 1 stop at 16 Handles, 2 breakfast stops into City Bakery, 1 lunch at Potbelly, 1 dinner at Bareburger, 1 dinner at Beecher’s Wine & Cheese cellar, 1 breakfast at Friend of a Farmer, 1 lunch at Hummus & Falafel, multiple stops at my local Starbucks…)
Riding the express bus farther than 1 stop - when I lived near the East Village I never needed to ride buses up and down the east side very far. This trip enabled me to finally take it 5 stops - it was so much more pleasant at morning rush hour than the subway!
Sitting one desk over from my old desk at the office - weird to sit there and think that just a year ago I was getting ready to move from the city, and my entire apartment was a sea of massive cardboard boxes.
Seeing my boss in person after 8 months away was wonderful. Amazing what a little face to face can do for a working relationship.
The faces of my colleagues this week was priceless - I didn’t tell that many people I was coming so the surprise and delight was great to see.
I forgot how easy and how much cheaper taxis are than black cabs. Man I love them.
Not specific to New York - but the great feeling of knowing I was back on the same time zone as most of the people in my family and as my best friends. I was not hours or a day behind on my Whatsapp conversations, I got the messages and texts real time once again!
Cheap and good mani/pedis. Damn I miss them. F doing my own manis man.
The really foul awful smell that New York has in the summer. It’s a terrible combination of heated rubbish on the streets, sweaty people, exposed stinky feet, poop on the streets in the sun, homeless people roaming free.. it’s just bad. I don’t miss that one bit.
Finding out that two of my favourite people at my company have resigned just this week. Big loss for the company and for me and the teams I work on (but so proud of them!).
Angry New Yorker commuter face. Even in London when people are basically in each other’s arm pits on the tube, no one glares openly at each other while riding to their next stop. I mean come on people, be a bit civilised, huh?
Re: point above about taxis - I do not miss the safety issues around riding in taxis (e.g. white knuckling the side door and being worried I will not make it to my destination in one piece) nor do I miss the worry about getting bed bugs from being in taxis or putting my luggage in the boot. Gross. Bed bugs.