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December 2015

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What the NYC Ball Drop is REALLY Like!

NYC_NYE

(Image from livestream.com)

Last year my fiancé and I were in New York City for New Years Eve. It was on our bucket list to experience a NYE Ball Drop first hand. It was a cold cold day and we knew we would have to get there early so we bundled up and headed downtown for noon.

The lines had already begun! Hundreds of people were already there getting in position for the big moment. They had each block gated off making pens of sorts and were filling them with people. Once one area was full they would open the one behind it and shuffle people into that one.

I looked around for somewhere to get food or a port-a-potty if needed and to my surprise there wasn’t one in sight. We asked the nearby police officer who was directing traffic and he informed us there wasn’t anything like that around. Basically once you were in you couldn’t leave. He then told us the people that had lined up already were wearing diapers so they didn’t have to leave! My fiancé and I looked at each other and immediately decided it wasn’t worth it. I love Taylor Swift like the best of them but I didn’t think she was worth sitting in my own filth all day! We decided to do something else for the day and come back at a later time.

Around 10pm we wandered back to Time Square and stopped in at a small french restaurant where we each grabbed a sandwich and bottle of water to tie us over for the evening. By this point the crowd of people had grown by thousands and we were really far from the central point of Time Square. Fortunately you could still see the ball and they were broadcasting everything on the huge screens that cover almost every inch of buildings in the area.

People were freezing and huddled together waiting and children were running around playing tag. Some people were hopping the barriers to go get food or use the washroom but if they got caught they were told off and occasionally not allowed back in.

We couldn’t hear what was happening as far back as we were so we kind of just shuffled around and debated whether or not we wanted to sit on the dirty streets of New York City as we waited. (We did!)

Finally it was time for the big event and the crown all counted down to the New Year in sync. We watched the ball slowly make its descent and cheered as it reached the bottom and confetti exploded all throughout the streets. Everyone was laughing and hugging and then just like that it was over and everyone started heading home.

This is what surprised me the most…I kind of expected it to turn into one big street party but the second the countdown was over everyone was ready to go home. After standing around in the freezing cold all day I kind of understood and we found ourselves shoved into the shuffle, making our way to the subway too.

All in all it was a pretty good experience and I’m glad we got to see what it’s like, but I did find it slightly overrated. I certainly wouldn’t want to do it again and understood why people would pay $400 for the parties at the Olive Garden or Applebees. At least there you are warm, fed and can use an actual washroom!

I hope wherever you are that you have a great New Years Eve and have the best year yet in 2016! See you next year! 😉

Travel

5 Honeymoon Destination Ideas

The world is full of beautiful destinations for honey moon’s and it’s not the easiest to narrow down. I’ve been engaged for almost a year now and we can’t seem to make up our mind on where we want to go. Every day we seem to change it!

1. Bali

Bali Indonesia

(From amazingplacesonearth.com)

The more pictures of Bali I see the higher up on my bucket list it climbs. From the friendly people to the huge infinity pools I can see why it’s a travel must! Known for it’s coral reefs, beaches and yoga retreats it truly is beautiful!

2. Maldives

Maldives South Asia

(From getsready.com)

The Maldives in South Asia are a similar story. The crystal clear water and blue lagoons are a huge draw for vacationers and honeymooners a like! Who wouldn’t want to stay at one of those hut resorts right on the water?

3. Mexico

Mayan Riviera Mexico

(From voyagesarabais.com)

Though I’ve been to the Mayan Riviera before, I’ve never been with my fiancé. This was one of the best trips of my life and there was enough to do even for a non-beach person like me. The excursions offered through the resort were amazing and really let you experience the culture of Mexico. It’s also one of the most romantic places I’ve been if you want to just hang around the resort with your significant other!

4. The Classic Eurotrip

Europe

(From caribbeannewsdigital.com)

Then we have the classic Eurotrip! One of the options we have been toying with is taking a flight to somewhere in Europe, hopping on a train and checking off as many destinations as we can! I’ve always wanted to make a trek through Europe and this may be our chance!

5. Australia

Australia

(From public.iastate.edu)

Another place we’ve always wanted to go is Australia. I’m not sure if we’d do Sydney, Brisbane or Perth but the scenery is beautiful and such a draw. I’d also like to see the Australian outback!

So those are the 5 places on our radar currently for our honey moon next year! What are your thoughts? Is there a place we should check out?

Travel, Uncategorised

10 Things to do in NYC for New Years Eve

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It’s almost been a year since my feet hit the pavement of one of my favourite cities in the world. New York City. I have been to the city four times in my life and every time I see a picture of it my heart aches to go back. There is so much to do and see that it truly is the city that never sleeps.

Last year my boyfriend and I went for a few days after Christmas and to experience New Years Eve in NYC. Everything about it was amazing (especially when my boyfriend proposed New Years day in Central Park…which is a story for another time).
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So what should you do if you find yourself in New York City for the Christmas season? I’m here to break down my favourite things we did during my last time there!

1. Fifth Avenue Windows
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As you can see by the lines out front, the windows of Fifth Avenue are a thing to see! The artists that create them must have the worlds biggest imaginations! Last years theme was fairytales and it was incredible to see the different takes on the classics.

2. The Tree at Rockerfeller Center
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This one’s a given right? It would be crazy to be in New York City at the same time as this tree and not go see it! The tree is even bigger than you imagine it from seeing it on TV and it worth seeing in the day time as well as the evening.

3. Macy’s
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Shopper or not you should go to Macy’s. They always have it done up so nicely for Christmas, it was featured in Miracle on 34th Street, and they have the biggest most watched parade of the year! That should be reason enough but if not it’s one of the biggest stores in the world!

4. Radio City Music Hall
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There have been so many amazing performances held here that it should be on your list to see while you’re in the area!

5. The Rockerfeller Center
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Everyone has a different opinion on which building you should go to the top of (Empire State Building or Rockerfeller Center), but I went with Rockerfeller. My deciding factor was that I wanted to see the Empire State Building and Central Park from above. If you do the Empire State the Rockerfeller Center is in the way of Central Park. I would also suggest going in the afternoon, this way (if you want to hang out long enough) you can see the city during the day, sunset and at night!

6. Central Park
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Central Park is by far my favourite part of the city. I’m a runner, so I dream about living there and heading to the park for a morning run. It is also so cool to have nature planted perfectly in the middle of a huge bustling city. If you want to get away for awhile, this is the place to be. In the summer they have little free book libraries where you can grab a book to read in the park and return it when you’re done!

7. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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I just love this church! It’s so beautiful and has so much history. If you love architecture then check it out!

8. Freedom Tower / 9. 9/11 Memorial
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Speaking of history, the new Freedom Tower, Memorial Pools and 9/11 Museum should be on every travellers list. The Freedom Tower is so big, beautiful and I love what it stands for. The 9/11 Museum and Memorial Pools will really amaze you and put the terrible events of September 11th in perspective. You can get up close to pieces of the tower and learn about all the people affected by this tragedy.

10. Time Square/New Years Eve Ball Drop

NYC_NYE

(Image from livestream.com)

Ah yes…Time Square. The busiest place in the city no matter what time it is. The ball drop was really fun, but also really strange. They gated off every block and filled each ‘pen’ with people. Once that pen was full they would start filling the one behind it. My fiancé and I went early in the day and expected to be there all day, however we didn’t think of one thing! The police officer directing traffic informed us that once you’re in you can’t leave! Not even for the bathroom! He then told us the people that are there all day actually wear diapers so that they won’t lose their place! We weren’t having any of that and went to do something else for the day and returned closer to 10 for the actual festivities! We were blocks and blocks and blocks away but you could still see everything and it saved us from freezing/having to pee in a diaper.

There are of course so many other things to do and see in the city that never sleeps, but this is what I got up to last time. Let me know what your favourite parts of the city are if you’ve been and if not what parts of the city would you like to see?