13 Hours in New York City

Last year, I took a quick trip to New York City–and by quick, I mean exactly 12 hours. I made it my goal to see as much of the city as possible. We traveled from The Statue of Liberty to Little Italy to Times Square to Central Park.

This year, my partner in crime was my good buddy, Matt. And let me tell you folks, he’s one of the very best travel partners I’ve ever had. We’re both introverts and we like musicals, warm weather and good food.

Matt had never been to NYC, but all he wanted was see a few shows and enjoy the city–And I made it my mission to do just that. We started in Times Square at the TKTS booth to see what shows were available.

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Afterward, we made a quick trip to Rockefeller Plaza before things got crazy and headed to Hell’s Kitchen to find a warm place to eat lunch before our first show. After lunch, we were ready for…wait for it…wait for it…ROMEO & JULIET starring the one and only Orlando Bloom.

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We’re so excited! And creepy looking! At one point, a man stopped Matt on the street and said, “Hey man, I like your glasses. You look like a narrator.” <–just a fun fact.

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Orlando was practically looking into our souls because we were just four rows from the stage. We were also sitting on the aisle and could practically touch him as he ran up and down the aisles during the production.

After the show, we tried to enter the lottery for Book of Mormon tickets. Every single person I’ve met who has seen the production tells me I shouldn’t see it because I would either a) be really uncomfortable, b) be extremely uncomfortable, or c) start crying and leave. We didn’t get selected, but it was still fun to try.

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We settled for another trip to the TKTS booth to purchase tickets to Avenue Q. Before the show, we found an AMAZING Italian restaurant to grab some food, wine and tiramisu.

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Y’all, I don’t know if it was because we had been walking around the city for over 10 hours or if it was the glass of wine I had at dinner, but Avenue Q had me cracking up the ENTIRE time. Really cool theater. Really fun show.

After the show, Matt and I were past the point of being tired–we were delusional. It also took each of us about three days to recover from the trip. We’re getting old but we’re ready to go back–when there is a hotel room involved so we can take an afternoon nap.

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