NYC Day 3 April 27th
What did we even do today? My brain is just racing. Ah yes, Margaret, Dayna and I did a power walk first thing this morning to “Pressed Juice” about 20 blocks away to grab some green juice 🙂 beam me up scotty! I got the “love me” juice which consisted of kale, spinach and apple. We booted it back to the hostel after to grab breakfast before our FREE walking tour of Central Park started.
The hostel provides a whole bunch of free tours. Today we did the 4 hour Central Park tour which included a bunch of stops, most memorably the conservatory gardens, and the conservatory water, Strawberry Fields, the reservoir, Bethesda Terrace and Wollman Rink. We must have scene at least 4 wedding parties taking pictures in various areas of the park.
After the tour we took the metro down to China town to have vegan dim sum! Yes, vegan dim sum! So tasty, we didn’t make it to the restaurant until 330 and dim sum ended serving at 4 so literally like animals, we ordered almost everything on the menu. The two ladies next to us looked at us like we just returned from 40 days in a dessert. At some point during our meal, we started talking to the two ladies…. It turns out one of them was from Edmonton and had actually attended a VVOA event last year; such a small world. We told them about our plans to go to Moo shoes in Little Italy after eating so they joined us.
After dim sum, with full bellies and shoes on the brain, we ventured off to little Italy where moo shoes, a vegan shoe store await. All us girls spent a total of two hours trying on shoes and purses, all while David sat and watched “enthusiastically”. I must hand it to the guy; he’s very good at being patient. I went to a coffee shop across the road to grab some tea and get small change. The coffee shop had this really cool coffee cooling apparatus I just had to take a picture of. Basically, hot brewed coffee is poured into the top and the coffee swirls down the machine cooling as it gets to the bottom as the cooled from the ice surrounding the coils gets transferred into the coffee; pretty sweet invention.
From little Italy we made our way to the subway back up to Central Park. We stopped by Beyond Sushi as it was so close and through the window looked at what people were ordering. The plan is to grab lunch from here on Thursday and have a picnic at Coney Island. We literally looked like homeless people watching the wealthy enjoy. Hahaha.
We walked back through Central Park all the way up to our hostel, some 40 blocks away. While walking, I stepped on a storm grate and just happened to look down to see a MASSIVE raccoon looking up at me. I literally screamed and jumped as I initially thought it was a rat!
Speaking of rats, on the metro today, we met a girl who had a baby pet rat who sat in her scarf. She took the little one everywhere with her. It was super cute but I can’t imagine how he goes to the washroom.
We ended the night with sore feet, fully bellies, dreaming of “all the people, living in a world of peace”, imagine!