New York has always been on my "want to visit" list. Woolmerhof said he could take it or leave it, but I think he is secretly enjoying himself.
Nothing could prepare me for the size of this place! It's insane! We picked up a car on Saturday morning and drove the easy few hours from DC to NYC. Stiefs flew In a couple of days before to commence operation shop. We met her at the hotel after being completely mobbed by pedestrians after getting stuck at many an intersection around Broadway! Woolmerhof declared the last time he'd been mobbed was in Kabul, but this mobbing seemed somewhat friendlier. Clearly New Yorkers must be friendly! Things were looking good despite starting off rough that morning when Hertz conveniently didn't have the carseats we booked at the downtown station in DC, and I had to drive F out to the airport in a booster seat that was way to big for him to pick other ones up. I believe I may actually write an email to Hertz on that one..
But, I digress.. We have all been sharing a hotel room in Times Square to save on dollars. Awesome location and Stiefs and I have been reliving all those weekends spent at gran and gramps' place sleeping over in their spare double bed - unfortunately no Flight of the Navigator on VHS this time though. I don't believe Woolmerhof is as ecstatic about sharing the other bed with F (who likes to kick.. A lot) but we thought it would be unfair to Auntie Stiefs to run the risk of waking up to a bed soaked in F wee.. Touch wood we've had no wet beds so far though.
On Sunday we headed over to the Museum of Natural History to get our nerd on. We promised F elephants, and elephants he got! It was fairly wet and cold so we tackled the subway like pros (thanks to Stiefs!) we asked a very tired F that afternoon if he liked the museum. His reply "Nope." Thinking he misunderstood the question, we asked what his favourite thing there was... "Nothing." He was so matter-of-fact with the way he said it, we all cracked up. He did then say he liked the Asian elephants better than the African ones so I will take that as a win.
Aside from the museum, we've seen Central Park, parts of downtown, Times Square of course and lots of shopping to name a few. We also did top of the rock at the Rockerfeller centre on Tuesday and that was great. The whole time I had the 30 Rock jingle in my head. The building is amazingly awesome and the wait to get to the observation deck was surprising short. No trip to NBC studios is complete without Parks and Recreation Merchandise!
Stiefs and I saw Matthew Broderick in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" on Broadway last night and it was great. We lined up at the TKTS booth in time square at 2pm with our top 3 preferences. Certain shows release discounted tickets the day of the performance if they still have lots of spots left. A great way to grab a bargain if you don't have your heart set on one show in particular. We had Annie as our first choice, seeing as though Anthony Warlow and Jane Lynch were performing, but for some reason that night was cancelled. Nice Work was our second choice and we got tickets for 50% off and were only 10 rows from the front!
We have been waiting for the last week and a half to hear of results of a board that sat to determine woolmerhofs next posting. During intermission, I had a text from C as D was also waiting. He had an email so I texted woolmerhof and began the nervous wait as his checked his account to see where our fate lied.
All in all, an awesome evening. Woolmerhof was wrapped to find out he is being posted to Brisbane for 2014/2015. We are really excited to catch up with some great friends from previous postings who will be there too. I am rather excited about being in close proximity to ikea, and shops, and friends who are having babies, and a big backyard, and an outdoor clothes line, and no fire ants.. and the list goes on! All that is only a 2 hour and 15 minute flight away from Melbourne. yay!
So tomorrow morning we will pick up a car and drive 3 1/2 hours to Bwaaaah-sten (aka Boston). Unfortunately the weather isn't looking so awesome, but that hasn't stopped us before :)
See you in Massachusetts everyone!
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