I'm sipping hot cocoa from my cool Statue of Liberty mug (it's still not warm enough here for me, thus the cocoa in the middle of the day) and thinking about our awesome trip to New York City.
Here are the things that surprised me the most about the city:
1. How the grocery stores have aisles and aisles of cheese of every size, variety and ethnicity. How you could try a different kind every day for years and still be enchanted by the flavors and textures.
2. How there is so much fresh produce everywhere that looks interesting and unique. How we are indeed a land of plenty, and then some. I wish we could somehow divide it up better amongst ourselves.
3. How litter-free the streets are.
4. How many varieties of trees and flowers there are everywhere. For a major metropolitan city, there is always some green and color around. Flowering trees smell the same in the city as in other places.
5. How people are friendly, funny and helpful.
6. That seeing a Broadway play really is a dream come true. That seeing two Broadway plays was more than any person should ever ask for.
7. How you could never get bored in a million years. Just walk down the streets and look at the people and activities swirling around you.
8. How riding the subway cost $200 for the week we were there.
9. How exhausting getting around is. How our legs and feet were always tired, but that we really didn't want to stop going and doing.
10. That cupcakes can be absolutely beautiful and banana pudding can rock your world. Check out Magnolia Bakery. That peanut butter can have so many flavors. Check out Peanut Butter & Co. Way, way, way too many things to check out.
I'll make a small dent on my next visit. Until then.