Freezing my backside off here in New York City. There's still confetti on the ground (and the occasional piece still impossibly hanging around in the air) from New Years Eve. I finished one set of consultations and have the second set tomorrow. This city truly is unlike any other. My impression, on the taxi-ride in from La Guardia was of a wall of buildings, like a cliff. (Or like that scene in Inception.) I love how I can see into a hundred (or more) offices and restaurants and hotel rooms from my room. It's kind of chummy, no? Like we're all camping out here together. That said, New York is a little intense. Just judging from the Starbucks, this is a place where you'd better know exactly what you want and be prepared to fight for it.
Anyway, I'm glad that I had the chance to stop here on my way out of the country. What could be more American than the Big Apple?
So far in New York I have...
1) Ogled Times Square like the shameless tourist that I am.
2) Taken the subway 3 times.
3) Gotten lost 0 times.
4) Eaten Cuban food at Havana Central.*
5) Eaten Sri Lankan food at Sigiri.**
6) Seen a show on Broadway.
And...spent a lot of time in my hotel room - sick. Because that's life for you.
*Shoutout to Havana Central - excellent food, right off Times Square, and best of all they made me - a sad single traveler - feel welcome and a part of the action. Not every restaurant knows how to deal with lone travelers and it was much appreciated.
**Sigiri is the only Sri Lankan restaurant I've found in the US, so it's truly a miraculous little place. The string hoppers were great, as was the company. (The waiter mistook me for a member of another party and seated me with them. Rather than explain the mix-up we decided to eat together and it was lovely. I guess that's the other way to eat as a single traveler!)
Happy New Year everyone!