I am in New York City! Mr. UT and I have been here before, but I have never been here by myself. Actually, the first time was when I was a youngster, and I remember a few things from that time. The first was that the some of the steps in the Empire State Building were green. The second was that a family from China thought I was cute and took a photo of me, and the third was that my dad actually drove through the city.
Mr. UT and I came here about a year or two after 9-11. I remember it was so very hot! I also remember there was nothing left at the Twin Towers, no memorial yet.
I remember museums, Grand Central Station, and lots of delicious food!
This time, I am alone. My friend got sick, and she couldn’t join me, so I decided to come myself, because my Word of the Year is “Challenge”. (It’s certainly a challenge to write this post on an IPad!)
Some of my wonderful recovery friends are helping me from afar, one especially because she lived here on her own.
This is what I am learning. There are so many different people from many different lands, all making the city work. Except for a crabby cab driver, who made me pay cash, grrrr, everyone has been nice and helpful. I have asked several people for directions, talked to some of the street cleaners, and even one big policeman standing guard by the Federal Court Building while a famous employee person was coming out and news people were everywhere.
I learned the Twin Tower infinity pool is deeply moving. Everyone was quiet and respectful by the pool. There was a hush.
I also learned feet swell up and get tired walking on city blocks for 6.6 miles! Lots of Advil today! Lol
Dining alone is interesting. I ordered way too much food for one person, but oh my, it was delicious! I talked to the waiters, bus boys, and texted Mr. UT photos of the food. Then I just watched other people, and enjoyed the ambiance. I also found I ate too fast, but by then I was starving, having survived only on a big bag of Peanut M & M’s!
I had to locate a good pharmacy, to buy some cochlear implants batteries as mine are not lasting long!
The good news is, I have had no urges or thoughts of drinking, which makes me so happy! Besides saving a ton of money, I’m up and ready to go on my next adventure today! Well, not quite up! But I will be! Lol!
Oh, and I had to Google, “How to use a small Nespresso machine!”
With a Strong Cup of Coffee,
On Day 1957,