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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Summer in the City

Yesterday, I ventured into NYC (by myself) to visit some very good friends from graduate school. I should say I grew up in the suburbs of NYC, the child of a mother who warned me about how dangerous it could be in NYC. I've only ventured in twice by myself, but had people waiting to meet me at the train station. Never have I had to find my way around, ALONE. Maybe your rolling your eyes by now saying, "what a wimp," but I feel accomplished.

I took the train from a station I'd never been to before. This required a transfer in Newark. Was I scared? A little. I'm not the most adventurous type. But, I lucked out and made the transfer with no problem. It just so happened that the train I was catching came in on the same track I was at. If that didn't happen, I may still be in Newark because I didn't know what I was doing.

I made it into Penn Station and went on the search for the NRW subway that my friend told me to take to her place. The bad news, the NRW doesn't run into Penn Station. After I figure that out by circling the station a couple of times not seeing the appropriate signs, I took a risk a went toward the EV subway area. I checked the map. Thankfully there was a big circle that said YOU ARE HERE or I'd never have figured that out. Anyway, I was able to decipher how to get close to my friend's apartment and knew I could hoof it the rest of the way. When I finally made it to her place, I felt like I did when I defended my dissertation. I DID IT!!!

I enjoyed a lovely afternoon with two very good friends. My one friend just had her first child, so my other friend and I were reliving the "good old days." My friend is adjusting very well. In fact, she made lunch for us (aren't we supposed to bring lunch for her?) and it was delicious. I love spending time with these ladies. I don't have to censor myself, we laugh, talk about serious stuff, talk about silly stuff, and eat (we always eat!). I always leave them feeling good (and a little sad as we don't see each other very often).

I made the return trip like an old pro. I almost felt like I knew what I was doing. I even made the transfer in Newark with no problem, and I had to find another track! I was so exhausted from this trip, I retired to bed very early (even for me). But, today, I'm still basking in the glow of my success.

12 Comments:

  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger Mama of 2 said…

    YOU GO GIRL!!
    I know a few years back I flew to Chicago alone to meet up with a friend and honestly I was a little nervous especially flying into O'hare and knowing nothing about how to get around. Lucky for me back then people were able to meet you at the gate so there was my friend standing there to meet me when I got off the plane. Nice feeling.

    Sounds like you enjoyed yourself a great deal and that's wonderful. I only have a few close friends like the ones you mentioned the ones where you don't have to sensor yourself and that's always so enjoyable.

     
  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    Yeah, the subway system in the city is a bit tricky.

     
  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger Mega Mom said…

    Great. A trial run should you wish to meet up with me next week!

     
  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Babaloo said…

    Sounds like fun and all "Sex in the City" chic! Big cities are intimidating. San Francisco is the nearest "big" city to me and I detest going there alone... I always get lost. Anyway, glad to hear you got a day out with good company!

     
  • At 2:32 PM, Blogger Babaloo said…

    Sounds like fun and very "Sex in the City" chic! Big cities are intimidating, the nearest one to me is San Francisco and I detest going there alone... I always get lost! Glad you got to have a day out with good company.

     
  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger chichimama said…

    Congrats! Now you should start exploring all the fun things in the city ;-0. Glad you had fun...

     
  • At 10:46 PM, Blogger Liesl said…

    I know, I know, New York is intimidating to me, too. I'm glad you went anyway and had such a good time!

     
  • At 1:59 AM, Anonymous - aurora - said…

    I'm happy to hear that you had a great time, Nicole. Going somewhere alone is sometimes exciting. I think you should do that more often ;).

    Cheers,
    -aurora-
    Just had a nice time alone two days ago at the mall, without my kid and hubby :)

     
  • At 6:58 PM, Blogger Bonnie B said…

    You went BY YOURSELF-- my hat goes off to you. I'd still be circling the station.

     
  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Enjoyed a lot!
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