It’s always hard to get back into the routine after a vacation, right? Today’s my first day back at work after a lovely week-long staycation. My sister Nikki flew all the way from California to visit me so I decided to finally use some of my vacation days while she was here. It’s so funny to think about how we didn’t get along when we were kids versus how much we enjoy each other’s company now! For those of you with siblings, do you also feel that you got along better with your sibling(s) once you were older?
She’s been to NYC a couple of times before so she’d already crossed a few of the majorly touristy spots off her list. My goal was just to hang out with her and take her to some of my favorite places in the city. We also tried a few activities and visited places that were new to me. All in all, I think we had a pretty great week.
On Wednesday we…went to The Met | walked around the Upper East Side | visited Maison Ladurée (It was my first time! The salted caramel was oh so yummy.) | hung out in Central Park | went to Shake Shack.
On Thursday we…went shopping in Soho. The crowds are so much easier to manage on a random weekday in the middle of the day!
On Friday we…woke up early so that I could get my new iPhone 5S at Best Buy (yah, my sister is such a trooper!) | had lunch at Grimaldi’s (another first-time for me) | did in a little shopping in the Herald Square area | went to Bryant Park | walked up to Rockefeller Plaza | acted silly inside the NBC Experience store | considered getting cupcakes at Magnolia but the lines were way too long.
On Saturday we…went to Photoville (a really cool photography exhibit) | walked from one end of Brooklyn Bridge Park to the other | rode the ferry over to Williamsburg | walked around Smorgasburg and snagged some delicious eats | had a little gathering at my apartment with a few friends.
On Sunday we…experienced the lunch buffet at Brick Lane ($10 for delicious Indian food is such a sweet deal!) | went back to Williasmburg to check out the Brooklyn Flea | stopped by Artists and Fleas too | met up with some family friends who are also visiting NYC this week.
On Monday we…decided to have a bit of a day in and do some baking. We ended up trying two different apple pie recipes- a classic apple pie and an apple caramel crunch pie. Baking with my sister reminded me of when we were younger and would bake together often. Also, apple pie is my absolute favorite and it felt like the perfect way to welcome in the new season.
On Tuesday we…had a few more hours together, then sadly, I had to put her on a plane home. Thanks for coming to visit me, sis- hope we can continue this yearly tradition!