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Nejc Rodošek



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New York City and end of 2K11

Sinatra’s famous track describes it as the “the city that doesn’t sleep”, but I can vouch otherwise. How else could we have stood outside and been the only two people in the whole of Times Square, at 3 a.m? A fast food craving had kicked in because our body clocks were way off track after a long flight, hence our impromptu journey to McDonald’s in the small hours. We were guests at the DoubleTree on the corner of 47th and 7th – prime location for all the action on Broadway - and were thus allowed the unique experience of stepping out onto one of the most iconic stretches of land in the world, and not crossing paths with another soul. This was just one of the many memorable moments from our trip late last year. I might add that our culinary tastes did at times venture outside of the multinational fast food chains – we took great joy one morning in wrapping up in scarves and gloves before indulging in breakfast at a real New York diner. Stacks of pancakes and an oozing puddle of maple syrup set us up for the tiring day ahead. We took a wintry wander around Central Park and then strolled back down Fifth Avenue, which left me wishing I could afford to do some shopping, Big Apple style. My runny nose felt unwelcome at Barney’s - I can’t imagine why. We visited the indoor market at Grand Central too, which can only be described as a food-lover’s paradise. There were mountains of fresh fruit, a hundred different types of pasta and an enormous gingerbread house, complete with little piped icicles. I was in awe at the multitude of tasty treats on offer. Mid December was a great time to visit NYC – the city had a real festive feel and there’s something really rewarding about kicking off your shoes and having a late night hot chocolate in your room after an exhausting day exploring such a diverse and exciting environment. The hotel was perfect and exceeded my expectations. Our suite was spacious and neat, with a roomy separate living area, for a very reasonable number of dollars. By the way, it’s impossible to resist doing all the tourist activities in New York; I’m unashamed to say that those sunset views from the Empire State rooftop will be my laptop wallpaper for eternity. We witnessed Broadway’s finest, posed with Lady Gaga at Madame Tussaud’s, and shared the city’s sense of hope at the Ground Zero memorial. We had plenty of recommendations in our guidebook, but to me the fulfilling sense behind this city is not necessarily unearthing a hidden gem or undiscovered treat. It’s completing the small yet somehow iconic “New York” things, like riding the subway, munching on a pizza or even elbowing your way through the Christmas crowds at Macy’s, that remind you where you are and that you’re somewhere truly special.

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