Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Since I have to work all Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I decided to have a little mini-holiday in NYC this week. We lived there for 7 years in our 20s, and I still miss it sometimes, although I would never give up living in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia now. Our main goals for the 3 days were to walk everywhere, see friends and enjoy the excitement of the city.
We lucked out on getting a "workout room" in the hotel that we staying at. Has anyone ever heard of that before? It was a regular hotel room at the Westin, but in addition to comfy beds it had a spin cycle, spinning DVDs, yoga mat, free weights, medicine ball, stability ball and health magazines...Isn't that great! Yes, I used them. It was my first time using a spin cycle but I managed to get quite a sweat up working out along with the video.
And then there was the walking! 29 miles of walking in 3 days. We walked everywhere! To heck with cabs and subways, we decided that there wasn't anywhere in Manhattan that we couldn't walk to. What a great way to see the city and see how different neighborhoods have changed since we lived there 12 years ago. Especially enjoyed walking through Central park on a crisp Autumn day.
The food was also fantastic. Went to a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant in midtown and had a perfect meal with spiced tea. When we were in the Village we stopped in a coffee bar that we used to go to and shared a canoli, something that we really enjoyed when we lived there.
The rest of the time we spent seeing friends, shopping and one night out at a off-Broadway musical (Avenue Q). All in all, a fantastic 3 day weekend!