Empire State Of Mind

The quintessential ’80s movies that defined my childhood are countless. However, few more so than ‘Crocodile’ Dundee. Mick left the Australian Outback for the first time in anticipation of bright lights-big city adventures with his lady love, Sue, and landed on the outskirts of one of the world’s biggest cities. As the camera captured a fraction of the expanse that is Manhattan, 5-year-old Keira-Anne was simply blown away. Perhaps it was Mick Dundee’s naïve curiosity that got the best of me, but I was hooked. I remember exclaiming to myself “I have to go there!

Photo: _Massimo_ on Flickr

Imagine seven million people all wantin’ to live together… Yep, New York must be the friendliest place on Earth.” – Mick Dundee

After more than two decades of wishing, hoping, waiting, reading, studying maps and longing over photographs, my time has finally come. This morning I selected a flight, chose a hotel, entered mine and Rebecca’s credit card numbers and the City suddenly became ours. In a little over two months, we’ll be departing YVR on a warm Spring night, landing at JFK airport in time for Saturday brunch in the West Village.

When I was younger, I envisioned myself visiting NYC on my own. While I still hope to someday, I can’t imagine a more wonderful travel partner than Rebecca. We’ve got many of the same interests, hope to see many of the same landmarks and get equally giddy every time we hear Jay-Z and Alicia Keys pay homage to the Big Apple.

Photo: _Massimo_ on Flickr

It’s really hard to believe in some ways. I look at the computer screen, see my name, blink, see the name of a hopelessly chic hotel, the flight number and our selected dates with the word “CONFIRMED” next to it all. Somehow, none of it will seem really real until our taxi starts rolling over the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. That’s when the rush will begin.

(And don’t worry, mom. We’ll avoid the subway station at the Manhattan Municipal Building for this very reason.)

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9 Comments on “Empire State Of Mind

  1. Queensboro. I think it’s stupid too, the ugh belongs in that name for more than one reason.

  2. I’m 38 and STILL dreaming of visiting NYC one day. So that is so AWESOME that you’re going to make that a reality so very soon!!! Can’t wait to see your posts on it.

  3. You guys are going to have SO much fun! :) Congratulations on booking your trip! Can’t wait to see your photos and all the fashion goodies I am sure you are going to pick up :)

    P.S. Don’t forget to catch a Broadway show, preferably Lion King if you are into that!

  4. I’m excited for you! You’re going to have sooo much fun. It really is a magical place. Anything can happen in NYC.

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