Every time I am sent to Jersey City for work I try to make the most of it, visiting Manhattan, because I never know when I’ll be back. Somehow I’ve been to New Jersey seven times this year so far but I never run out of things to see. I’ve even bought an out-of-state membership to MoMA on my last trip.
My second visit to New York this year (the second in January) took me to Chinatown for dumplings and a comic exhibition at The Museum of Chinese in America. I decided to stay a few extra days and got a hotel room in midtown. I’m not sure what I was thinking “vacationing” in New York alone in January but it was cold and, honestly, a little miserable.
I found myself working in New Jersey twice in January this year. When I’m there I try to make it over to Manhattan for museums and shopping, but this time I visited Brooklyn for the first time. Meeting up with a friend who grew up there he laughed at the fact that I picked Williamsburg, since he doesn’t consider it real Brooklyn. Next time I’m out East with nice weather I’ll try to make it further into Brooklyn.
Despite my lack of updates, I managed to take quite a few trips this year. Only a few were non-work related but I try my best to spend a little time in each city I visit. Both St. Louis and Detroit trips were in and out in one day, but I always arrange extra time in New York and D.C.
Who knows what sort of travel is in store for me in 2013, but I hope for at least one international trip. I’m still toying with the idea of biking around Iceland but, for now, all I know is I’ll be visiting New York and Atlanta.
January: Washington D.C.
February: St. Louis
March: Virginia, Syracuse
April: NYC, Jersey City
May: NYC, Jersey City
July: Washington D.C., Detroit
September: Connecticut, Houston
November: Sydney, Pittsburgh
The “Where I Slept” series will return, I promise. In the meantime I’ve been working and recently spent a week in New Jersey. Despite walking by a PATH station to NYC twice a day I never made it to Manhattan. However, I did manage a new cartwheel in front of the financial district and new “Freedom Tower” under construction.
After more than 39 hours in the air and nearly 19,000 miles flown across 15 flights I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of Jet Blue’s All You Can Jet promotion. With that much flying I had the in-flight commercials memorized and had no problem deciding what snacks to choose (plantain chips are interesting but you can’t go wrong with the Munchies Mix).
I touched down in eight states and three countries over the course of 29 days this fall. Although it could be argued that this promotion is environmentally irresponsible, I’ve been consoling my guilt by remembering that these flights would have left even without the additional AYCJ passengers. You can see my route below—highlights were definitely Washington D.C. and Colombia but I enjoyed seeing family, friends and sights in all of my destinations.
There is a reason I haven’t flown jetBlue before—it has very few direct flights from Chicago. I’ve already connected through Boston and New York a number of times and I will admit that the jetBlue terminal at JFK is gorgeous. I certainly didn’t mind waiting for an hour surrounded by modern design, an extraordinary number of electrical outlets and free wifi. If I have my choice of connections in the future I’m definitely choosing JFK.
Originally I planned to spend a day in Baltimore and fly to Chicago in the late morning. Once I decided to spend that day in D.C. another plan presented itself—New York City. Although this trip was meant to be about seeing new places flying out of Dulles gave me the option to connect through JFK instead of Boston. The friend I was staying with was flying out early in the morning so everything fell into place and I switched myself to a 6am flight to JFK.
I needed to get back to Chicago that night for the Meet, Plan, Go! talk the following day but flying through New York allowed me almost 14 hours before my connecting flight to Chicago. After checking my bag for the day in the international terminal I took the metro into the city. I’ve been to NYC a few times so the aim of my day was not to visit Times Square or Central Park, but just to walk around and take in the city for the day.
My first stop was the new High Line Park, one thing that has opened since my last visit. It was beautifully designed with modern architecture, native plantings and great spaces to sit and eat a bagel. Coincidently, David happened to be in NYC for the week and although we had just spent time together in D.C. we decided it would be funny to meet up in a 5th city. He was aghast that I had never had dim sum so we made our way to Chinatown for my first dim sum experience. If I could eat party appetizers for every meal I would so I instantly loved the concept of dim sum. Women in orange uniforms wheeled carts full of steaming food around us and we chose what we felt like at the moment—everything from shrimp dumplings to custard deserts.
Most museums were closed the day I was in town so after a bit of shopping and a beer with David we said goodbye and I headed back to JFK for my flight home. If you’d like to see more, I’ve added a few photos from my day in New York to my gallery here.
My first leg of jetBlue’s All You Can Jet is finished and it was pretty exciting. Washington D.C. was so amazing that I changed my flight at the last minute to skip Baltimore and stay in D.C. another day. Since my friend was flying out at 6am on an adventure of her own I ended up arriving in New York City at 7am with nearly 13 hours before my flight to Chicago. One-way tickets are my preference on RTW trips and I have to say that it’s much more fun flying this way.