Last weekend I spent 48 hours in New York City.
New York is my favourite city that I’ve ever been to (except London of course). Last year I spent 2 weeks there and I didn’t think I’d get a chance to go this year. But a production company got in touch and said they were filming a sex ed series for YouTube and wanted me to be in it. And they were filming in New York.
So of course I said yes! Even though it meant only spending 48 hours in the city and despite my fear of flying.
I was on set for one afternoon and the rest of the time I had to myself to do what I liked! Which was basically seeing friends and eating. I also didn’t take my vlogging camera with me. Instead I decided to take lots of pictures and I really enjoyed posting a little “48 hours in New York” series on my Twitter.
Day 1 – arrival
The production company had left me a gift basket in my hotel (which I managed to get back to England with me!). Inside was chocolate, wine, tea, a mug and a vibrator. Perfect. That evening we went to this gorgeous little Greek place in East Village and sat at a table on the street. Then we went to this arcade bar round the corner called “Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade” which was so much fun! I’m no gamer but I love bars and arcade games.
Day 2 – my only full day
I went to breakfast with Rosianna at The Standard Grill and we walked along the High Line. I then wondered around Lower Manhattan by myself. Went to Union Square then Washington Square Park and got myself ice-cream and pizza (in that order).
Then in the afternoon I was filming for The Box. The series has started now on YouTube and I’ll let you know on Twitter when my episodes are live. You can watch my little teaser here:
In the evening I hung out with Sara Dietschy who is an amazing daily vlogger/film maker you need to watch if you don’t already! We went to the famous Shake Shack in Madison Square Park with her snapchatter friends Frankie and Izzy.
Day 3 – leaving
My flight wasn’t until the evening so I got up early and had breakfast with Tim Kellner – incredible film maker and photographer and just cool guy! We walked around West Village and along the river (a bit of the city I hadn’t seen before). I then visited the YouTube Space and they had an Oval Office set! So I played President for a bit before getting my nails done and going to the airport.
I was exhausted by the end of the trip and arrived back in London Sunday morning and did absolutely nothing for the rest of the day and it felt wonderful. If it’s your first visit to NYC then I wouldn’t recommend trying to do it in 48 hours. I didn’t need to do the tourist stuff and just filled my time with people and food.
Maybe I’m insane but it’s a lifestyle I could definitely get used to.
What’s the shortest amount of time you’ve spent in a new place? Did you manage to enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!