Day 4- Christmas Day.
Christmas day was pretty chilled since almost everything was closed. My boyfriend’s aunt made us a great breakfast with pancakes, fruit, fresh juice and tea. We were couch potatoes for most of the day.
Day 4- Evening
In the evening, we took a stroll around Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and watched the gorgeous sunset. It was freezing cold but we needed the exercise to burn off all the nice food we had consumed.
The plan was to spend Christmas with my boyfriend’s Aunt and then return to our hotel. However, when we told her about our hotel, being a lawyer, she got on the phone and requested a refund on our behalf. She was also very generous and invited us to spend the reminder of our time in NY with her. To say the least, we were grateful. No more battling with the air conditioning. (Go read Day 1 in NY, you’ll know what I’m talking about).
In the interesting turn of events, we made two rounds from Manhattan to Brooklyn and vice versa to collect our stuff. We were also lucky to have a good taxi driver who was willing to do both journeys at a reasonable cost.
Day 5- Boxing Day.
For boxing day, we did more touristy things. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown via the financial district and had a peek at the New York Exchange Stock. It was quite impressive.
Walking through Chinatown, I bought boiled ground nuts (they were still in their shells). I love boiled ground nuts. We ate them as we walked around trying to find a nice place to have lunch. Again, this took us a while but we were not very hungry, so we didn’t mind.
Anyway, we decided on a nice little restaurant not far from the Subway back. I ordered white rice with pork on top. That’s exactly what I got. Dry white rice topped with pieces of fried pork. I was in shock! But I couldn’t blame them. I got exactly what the menu stated. My boyfriend had a bowl of seafood soup. I didn’t finish my meal. It was too dry and tasteless.
After our lunch, we made our way back to Brooklyn via the Subway. Took another stroll on the beach and it was a wrap for the day.
We did absolutely nothing! We stayed in doors and watched TV and had good food. We needed the rest. In the evening, we went to Dyker Heights and watched the fireworks display.
This was our last day in NY. Our flight was late that day, so we had plenty of time. My boyfriend’s Aunt took us out to New Jersey after breakfast for some last minute shopping. She drove us to an outlet mall. The mall wasn’t as crowded as I had imagined. I managed to get some good things. We spent the whole morning here. After shopping, my boyfriend’s Aunt made us a lovely lunch/dinner. After which she kindly drove us to the airport in plenty of time for our flight.
My boyfriend and I had a lovely time in NY but I wouldn’t want to return. I guess I fed into all the hype of the place. Or maybe I was expecting too much or I was probably too critical or maybe we were not as adventurous as we had planned.