Saturday, 21 September 2013

Organised Chaos

To tell you the honest truth i am having trouble with this post, i dont know how to describe my love for the city, i cant express the vibe of New York, the streets, the people, etc. I woke up in the morning on 27th August 2013 in my hotel with a sore throat and huge tonsils, i believe this happend due to the change in climate. To assist my sore throat i decided to get a nice warm skinny latte from the nearest starbuks i could find, i got ready and headed out. There was starbuks at every corner in NYC, it was very convienient for me. My stay at NY was about 5 days, not enough i know. My day began for me at Soho , NY shopping district on the 27th of August, I took the subway to christopher street, and walked for about half an hour to get to Soho. On my way, i took in the morning NYC air, snapping pictures of by passers, i did some people watching in the parks, etc. It didnt feel like 30 minutes at all. It was the experience i always wanted. The streets of Soho was packed with tourists from all over the globe looking for a good bargin.

 I walked around, the strip to locate the few store i have the capacity to shop from. H&M, Forever21, Zara, Topshop,, Steve Madden, etc. I started off with Forever 21, it was MASSIVE. there was 2 floors of just goodies. My head spun, i didnt know where to start looking. After spending a good 1 hr and half i finally had my picks, . A Navy coloured lace mini dress, leopard print trousers, and an ACDC crop top to go with my trousers, few rings, and couple of bangles. I was happy with my purchases. The disadvantage i found with the store is that all the sizes was gone. Normally when i shop oversea's i try and buy things that are unique, or versatile pieces that i can recycle over seasons. is where i bought a printed jumpsuit, it fit me like a glove. I cant get over the quality and feel to it. It's also one of those things that just pops and we need more of these in our closet.

After my shopping, i decided to walk back to the subway. I walked and walked and i walked, after 1 hour later of walking i realised that i may have been lost, it was 35 degrees, i was wearing tight pleather jeggings, and a white muscle tee, which wasnt the best choice of clothing to have worn, that day, i felt sticky, hot, the weather was humid plus my sore throat was not helping the situation. I asked every one on the street, where i should be going, but everyone just directed me to the nearest subway. My understanding is, if i return back to christopher street subway (where i got off) i would be able to go back to 96th street uptown subway (where i came from). However these Ny'ers were directing to the nearest subway and told me to change. Change where? I made my way to Union Square subway somehow, where i had my first New York moment. A customer service lady at the ticket counter gave me the biggest filthies. I was shocked at her attitude, she was snapping her fingers, rolling her eyes, and gave me this smirk, only because i asked her ' How do i get to 96th street?" I was furious, She just kept looking at me like i was some lost case, (which i was), rolling her eyes at me, etc she did not insist on helping me, I wish i could have spoken to her manager about her customer service skill/attitude. I come from a customer service background and let me tell you, if i was her manager she would have been fired, before i could have even pronounced the word FIRED. Bitch. However, i kept my cool and went on like nothing ever happend. Which, i think pissed her off even more.

After 2 hours of wondering around aimlessly in NYC i finally understood that i had to change at 42nd Street in Times Square and then catch the next connecting subway to 96th Street staition. Finally i got to 96th Street, i got out, bought yet another cold starbuks, went into my hotel, and crashed into my comfy bed. I was so thankful to see my room, my bed, my messy suitcase. I passed out for 1 hour, until i woke up with a smile on my face and feeling like i conqured something, i thought" i could sooo do that again, I loved NYC even more" even though i was lost today, the speed and beat of it all, was thrilling...I realised, these are what makes the moments so special when you are travelling alone. Your lost in an unknown city, in another country.. That incident has taught me well with the NY subways, i wont make another mistake again, and I didnt. Following that incident i had inner courage to travel all around NY by myself, i went to all the touristy spots like Central park, Rockefeller Center, 5th Av, Trumph Tower, etc. It was the best.

I got back to sydney 3 weeks ago, and till today i still miss the surroundings of NY. I still miss the chaos, the buzz NY has to offer....I have a love hate relationship with the city, more love then hate. Below are few of my favourite snippets of my travels.