There are insomniacs — and those who will never know what it’s like to not sleep like a baby. There are the naturally thin vs those who can’t fathom not fighting weight issues throughout their entire lives. And then there are those of us who will jump on a plane at the drop of a hat …. and those who think we’re nuts. I recently flew from Vegas to New York City for less than 24 hours and would do it again the second it was offered. I love airports, long flights (uninterrupted hours of reading!), landing in a different world for a little rejuvenation and spark. I’ve been called an escapist, and perhaps I am. But at least it leads to magic in my life! Even if it’s just for a short while at a time.
The first thing I did when I landed? Got ready as fast as I could and headed to dinner… With my best friend from Las Vegas, Melissa. (SHOWN above) Even though I had so many people to see, I couldn’t have been more excited to see her! We clicked so quickly when she moved to Vegas partly because we have similar backgrounds and were New Yorkers (her almost life-long, me for five very impressionable years). To actually hang out in the city was almost too much! She and her amazing aunt took me to Molyvos, a delicious Greek restaurant in midtown, near where I was staying. It was cozy and warm, and the food was delicious.
After dinner, I ran off to Broadway to catch a showing of Rock of Ages, the 80s hair metal musical that is now showing in Vegas. It was such retro fun — I drank Coors Light out of a can!
Afterwards, I stayed out way too late trying to get as much socializing in as I could. It is so freeing being in Manhattan and not having to drive!
The next day, I ran off to meet yet another friend. One of my favorite things about New York, is the diversity of the people — and that you get to see everyone up close as you walk around the city. I was more bundled up than I had been in a very long time, yet so many diehards were wearing shorts!
My destination: a city diner, of course! Nothing beats cheap, dependable diner food for breakfast. Grumpy waitresses and eggs any way I want them? Yes, please!
Afterwards, I met up with my very best friends, but we were all talking too fast to fit everything in before my flight that I didn’t take any photos. Next time! Then I raced off to the airport — an hour to JFK before a five-hour flight home.
It was worth it.
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