Remember your first sleepover, the time when you were so excited and couldn’t stop chatting with your bff/cousins all night long and didn’t want to sleep? A week into my stay with the bff here in NYC, we still haven’t run out of topics to talk about at night despite seeing each other 24/7. Last weekend, we were chatting about life in bed, unable to fall asleep when we decided to do something YOLO. We did a little bit of research online (and by that I meant clicked on a few google-d links and laughed at our insanity) and left home at 4.30 in the morning to go on an adventure.
We were a little afraid at first, thinking that going out so early in the morning was going to be dangerous; but we soon realized that we were wrong. There were people travelling in groups after partying and there were people going to work. The city was wide awake, just a little quieter than usual. That moment was when I finally understood why New York City is called the city that never sleeps.
We wanted to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park, but ended up in a viewing point in DUMBO instead (I just found out that DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, which makes a lot of sense to me right now). We wandered through the neighbourhood and walked pass torn down brick buildings, and what welcome us at the end of the path was awe-amazing.
We first saw a carousel, and realized that we were standing between Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. On our right, the sun was rising into the sky. It was admittedly one of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen in my life.
We then went bagel-hunting after the sunrise. The queen of Yelp had already bookmarked a couple of good places beforehand, so all we had to do was to visit the one that was open at 6 in the morning. We ended up in Ess-a-Bagel, a place that serves really good bagels and cream cheese, but has the worst service for a food place. All of the staffs were grumpy and unhelpful, and the production flow was really slow and inefficient.
We passed out after we got home from breakfast, and had the worst skin condition after that night/morning. To all of you who love your skin and do not want to have bad pore conditions or acne, I do not recommend staying up all night without sleep. It’s the worst treatment you can do to your skin besides sleeping with make up on. But then again, sacrifices had to be made for adventures and experiences like that right? 😝
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this much before coming into the city. All I wanted was to spend some quality time with this girl friend of mine after being separated for 2 years. However, I was constantly being surprised by the city as I had all these spontaneous trips. We had been running around the city in the evenings to burn those calories we gained and I never failed to be charmed every time I run through a new trail.
Photos below were taken with my Moto X as I ran around the city:
I’m so glad that I packed my running shoes with me for this trip. Running around the city was such a great way to explore new places. Oh, and is it weird that I’m already swearing to come back again before I leave this place? I am falling in love with New York City.
P/s: Check out my music pick of the week as I get lost in New York here!