Paul and I took a quick overnight trip to NYC last Wednesday! WE HAD A BLAST!!!
We decided to take the train. I have driven to New York several times, but truly looked forward to just zoning out and not having to worry about travel. There is a train station in Harrisburg ten minutes from my house...
... that my dad happens to work at! He has been a car inspector at Amtrak for the past _____ years! I have visited him at work before, but this was Paul's first time visiting my dad at work.
My dad escorted us onto the train before even the crew boarded. He gave us some behind the scenes info about how the train runs and how they check the brakes and things like that.
My dad is MacGyver!
The train was warm, cozy, clean, and smooth. I recommend train travel for everyone!
After a 3.5 hour train ride, we arrived at Penn Station! We didn't even go upstairs, we followed the signs to the subway and hoped on the 1 train to go uptown.
I had actually only ridden the subway once with my mom. I was in high school and barely remember it. All my underground train riding has been on the T in Boston. I was very nervous to ride the NYC subway even though I mapped out our itinerary with the MTA trip planner first. I just wasn't sure how well things would be marked and if I would understand the signage... But I did and it all worked out well!
"Don't act like a tourist!" I warned Paul. Then I snapped a selfie of us riding the subway.
We stayed on 87th street on the Upper West Side at the same hotel we stayed at when we went to see The View. I knew how tiny the rooms would be but it was still shocking!
You see the white on either side of the picture? That's the wall!!
Since we had some time to spare and were only a couple blocks from Central Park, we walked through the Upper West Side neighborhood for a little stroll around the park!
Then we headed back to our hotel and got all spruced up for SURVIVOR KNOW IT ALLS! We rode the Subway to Times Square. I know it is very touristy, but it is quite a sight at night!
The event was at Caroline's on Broadway. We were there to watch the latest episode of Survivor and then watch Rob and Stephen do a live broadcast of Survivor Know It Alls.
You can read all the nerdy details HERE!
But some highlights...
I MET ROB CESTERNINO!!!!
PAUL AND I HAD GREAT SEATS!
I MET ERIC STEIN!
AND AUBREY BRACCO!
AND STEPHEN FISCHBACH!
It was so surreal to see Rob and Stephen podcast together LIVE!
We were so hyped up after the show. Back at the hotel, Paul fell asleep easily but I had trouble calming down from all the excitement. And then a hangnail on my toe got pulled back. It hurt like hell!!!!
A bloody toenail did not deter me from getting up early and running 8 miles in Central Park! I only got 3 hours sleep but it was important to me to run at such an iconic place while I had the opportunity.
We had to catch the train home at 9:30. I am a worrywart, so we departed for the train station earlier than we needed to. Armed with coffees and breakfast sandwiches from Starbucks, we road the subway to Penn Station.
It was so nice not to have to drive home! I was so tired, so riding the train was warm and relaxing.
We were home just before 1:00! My dad was there to greet us, but we couldn't chat long because he had to do work on the train.
As you can guess, when we got home, we had an epic reunion with the kitty cats! It's hard to be away from them for 26 hours...
Have you ever ridden Amtrak?
How about the NYC subway?
How about the NYC subway?