Thursday, 8 November 2012

well, i'm home...

So I've made it through a hurricane and I'm back! I honestly have to say, though, that this trip to New York has been one of the most chaotic holidays in my entire life.

It started off fine - I was so excited about going and check-in was simple (my bag wasn't overweight!). My mum had booked us into the airport lounge so the time we had at the airport was relaxing. Obviously there was a trip to duty free (and along with all the other things i bought on my trip, i'll put what i got in a haul) and I bought a few nice things on the plane too. Anyway, when we arrived, things were still looking fine but as soon as we got in the taxi, my mum and I started hearing about the hurricane that was on its way. The taxi driver told us that things should be fine and clear up my Tuesday lunchtime. This was unfortunately not the case. We arrived on Sunday evening and I had planned for us to go out to Hard Rock Cafe for dinner but everything (and i mean everything) was closed. This was the same on Monday and Tuesday - all day. Hurricane Sandy hit on Monday night but the aftermath is certainly going to last a long time (i wish all the best for all the families who have suffered from the storm, especially those in new jersey and queens - the results are horrible there). Anyway, on Monday and Tuesday there were a few things open, e.g. a few shops and a few restaurants so we managed to do a few things. On Wednesday, a few more things were open and it was looking hopeful! However, we were supposed to go home on Wednesday evening and until that morning, things were okay and our flight hadn't been cancelled. But on Wednesday morning we found out that our flight had been cancelled and the next available flight for us wouldn't be until Sunday. As much as I loved being in New York, I just didn't want to stay that long. But on Thursday we got another call and the company we'd booked our flight with had managed to get us on one on Saturday. Therefore, for the rest of our time there we did even more shopping and even managed to do some touristy things! Now I'm not going to put in any more text in this post but give you guys some pictures to have a look at what I got up to :)

our hotel room:

first night out:

out and about, exploring:

rockefeller center:

more exploring:

lunch one day @ hard rock cafe:

night time adventures to the empire state building:

(this picture, and a few others below, shows the areas of new york that had no power due to the storm)

even more exploring:

finally going to the top of the rock:

natural history museum:

beautiful day!:

madame tussauds:

bye bye new york! (until next time...)

So that is what I got up to in New York! Sorry for a few blurry pictures but I think they still look quite cool :) My mum and I have decided that we're definitely going to go back again and we'll take my dad too. Hopefully it'll be less stressful and chaotic next time! Even though I haven't given the best account of the city, I really do think everyone should visit New York at least once in their life. Now I'm not going to talk about my trip any more, apart from say that hopefully in the near future there will be a haul of all the wonderful things I purchased whilst I was way (mainly clothes and chocolate/sweets!).

I started writing this post on Tuesday but the pictures took so long to upload that I didn't have time to post that night and then yesterday I was completely snowed over with work. Ever since I went back to school on Tuesday (was supposed to be on monday but i needed to catch up on the work i didn't do over the holidays due to our delay), I've just had so much to do! Tonight has been the only night this week I've actually finished my homework! Okay, I have some revision to do but the test isn't until the 20th. I had two other tests today including a timed essay which I'm unfortunately redoing tomorrow as I felt it just didn't go right but it was my own choice to do it again (keen bean!) so I'll be getting an early night tonight (can't wait!). Anyway, enough about school, how's everyone else been over the past 2 weeks?

Really bummed that I missed posting on Monday when it was Bonfire Night. I'm, honestly, not that big of a fan of fireworks. I hate the loud bangs and whistles but the colours are beautiful. I've never really been to one of the big public shows, apart from one a couple of years a go (i hated it for the record) and much prefer smaller ones at home if I ever do want to do something. So on Monday, my friend invited me to her house with a few of our other friends to have some fish and chips, play with some sparklers and watch a few fireworks. It was really nice and they weren't too loud or big which was great. I took a few pictures for you so I'll put them here (sorry for poor quality but i took them on my phone!):

Now that Halloween (unfortunately i didn't do anything for it this year apart from buy ridiculous amounts of halloween themed chocolate from america...) and Bonfire Night are over, I can finally think about Christmas! I'm not going to go into too much depth about it as it's still early days yet but I am listening to my Christmas playlist and making a list of Christmas films I want to buy/watch this year. However, the reason I mention it is due to the amount of amazing beauty advent calendars out this year. There are 3 that I can think of off the top of my head but if there are any more out there that I don't mention, please let me know! The ones I'm really interested in are:
Anyway, even if I don't manage to get my hands on them, there's always next year but the stuff in them does look so good! I probably shouldn't have mentioned Christmas in this post as it has just got me more excited for it now! I can't wait to get into Christmas jumpers (topshop and primark are offering really good ones this year!) and just snuggle up. Unfortunately it's not all fun and games and relaxing for me as I'll be revising for my exams in January but I still can't wait! 
I'm going to finish this post here as I need to get to bed and I've said everything I need to say. Sorry for not posting in a while but at least I've had another excuse other than 'too much work'! Hope everyone is okay and you all have a great rest of the week (only one more day people!).


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  2. Wow looks like you had a fantastic night
    NRC ♥

  3. aw such a shame that when you had the fantastic opportunity to go to nyc, a hurrican hit! feel so bad for all those affected by it, no matter how badly

    - ordaining serendipity

  4. Your new York photos look amazing, I'm desperate to go and glad you made it home safely! x

  5. Wow all of these pictures look amazing. I really want to go :)!!
    You looked like you had a great time
    LaceyLoves x

    1. Ah i can't wait to go next year! xo

  6. I'm going to new york next year and I cannot WAIT. Although I'm hoping the weather behaves, it's sad that it ruined part of your trip



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