People have been signing up for the Retreat, and my heart is about to BURST!! Soooo excited for anyone who will be able to make this trip. It’s an investment in your HEALTH and your life and your happiness, but it’s one that I feel is worth taking. Years ago, I had to start making those investments. I had to learn (from scratch) to respect myself enough to put my body and my health and my well being first. I had to adjust my lifestyle. I had to give up and sacrifice things. But the fruits of doing so have been never ending. It changed my world, my marriage, my happiness, my self worth, and my ability to LOVE & LIVE fully. FYI, there are still some more slots left. Please don’t hesitate to write or chat with me if you’re on the fence and trying to figure out if you should do this.
So, New York. Oh, New York has me wrapped around it’s finger. And here’s how we unexpectedly got to experience it’s summer magic…
My computer busted many weeks ago. Blogging got a little complicated after that. Oh dear.
But there was a silver lining in the form of rooftop parties, Central Park, and a sunset on the Hudson River. And that is because Ecuador has some insane import taxes on computers. Believe it or not, rather than buying a computer in Ecuador, it was CHEAPER for us to buy a flight to NYC *AND* buy a computer at our cush 24-hour Apple Store on 5th Avenue. Isn’t that nuts?!!
I didn’t need too much convincing to hop on that plane, I tell you what.
Here are some pics from our absolutely glorious 10 Day Summer in NYC…
We went straight from the plane to dinner in Chinatown with my now Brooklynite sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. Ah, it was magical and lovely beyond words to be there and to be dining with family. I can’t tell you how my heart just raced to have my feet planted on those familiar streets…and to be eating Vietnamese!!! Ah, we were in heaven. You must add this restaurant to your lists: Pho Bang Restaurant at 157 Mott Street. The husband and wife owners were as adorable as can be.
We went nuts walking around our old neighborhood, Park Slope. Everything seemed SOOO clean, fancy, lush, and manicured that my eyes were popping out of my head. I guess I’ve been away long enough that seeing this all again had a huge effect on me.
Eating at our favorite restaurants was high on our list. Some we ate at just for nostalgia’s sake, including our neighborhood sushi place. We miss having awesome sushi on the corner!!!
Other restaurants on our list included Fonda Mexican in Park Slope and Pinto Thai in the West Village. (Danny especially loves the crab fried rice served in a young coconut.) Nothing like eating from the “Sunset Menu” at Pinto then strolling over to the Hudson River to watch the spectacular sunset. Highly recommended!
We also got to see loads of friends around town, at Prospect Park and at a girls’ rooftop party. Oh, those are the *BEST* NYC moments. Those are the moments that make us all want to live in NYC as long as is humanly possible. We also got to have lunch with a new friend, John Dehlin, of the podcast Mormon Stories. He did an interview with us as well, which should be posted soon.
RED HOOK BALL FIELDS
Summer does not feel complete without a visit to the famous food vendors in Red Hook. I can’t believe I actually got to do it. Pupusas and Horchata forever!!!
While Danny ran some errands, I sat and waited for him in Central Park. I felt so nostalgic there watching all the professionals eat lunch on a bench or take a little walk around the lake. That used to be my life.
So happy to be on vacation in NYC with this guy. Best travel partner in the world.
And now if only my computer would break again in time for Christmas in New York. 🙂
What has the highlight of your summer been this year?? It would be so fun to hear! I *LOVE* that summer is often full of adventures, more than any other season.