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The Big Apple

Over the last several days my mom and I have been visiting my older sister and her family in the Poconos, and despite the fact that it’s much colder here than in St. Louis (and that my sister’s house is at the base of mountain and my internet connection is mostly non-existent), the time spent together has been amazing.

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We haven’t ventured out too much this week to do touristy things, but instead have just spent a lot of time at home catching up and taking small trips in the afternoons to visit local places like a place where candles are hand-dipped and carved into elaborate designs, or to hike a nearby mountain trail.

Today though, my mom, sister, and I made a two hour journey into Manhattan to sight see and take in a Broadway show (checking a couple of things off my Bucket List).

Over the course of the afternoon we wandered around the city without any set plans, and managed to hit several major landmarks/attractions without really knowing where we were or where we were going.

My sister was a trooper and managed to navigate us successfully to a parking lot about 2 blocks from the theater without any real drama (traffic was insane, but not as crazy as expected).

I enjoyed the experience of seeing The Big Apple in person–and will no doubt have a couple of stories to share in the next several days about this trip– but one thing that has been solidified is that a city that size is just too big for me. Seeing the sheer numbers of people walking around was a bit overwhelming, and made me thankful that I’m able to live in a decent sized city where I’ve never felt like it was too crowded or crazy for me.

New York City was definitely a fun place to visit, but I could never see myself living somewhere so populated. After an afternoon spent wandering around in the crush,  I’m happy to be heading back to the little house in the mountains, and a nice retreat from the craziness of city life.

Have you ever experienced a trip to the Big Apple?

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