I haven’t planned a lot of time for breathing or relaxing in Manhattan – I have meetings back to back on most days, and drinks and dinners every night, mainly with work contacts, although many of them blur the line between work and friends.
I’m excited tho – I miss New York’s energy and drive in London and love that the compact nature of Manhattan means you can get so much more done in a day. t’s strange for me each time I return to the city, having lived there. I don’t feel like a tourist at all; just a curious hybrid who know the city too well but still not enough.
I’m going to spend the flight from Heathrow to JFK compiling a list of all the things I need to do, from breakfast at my favourite diner, to ferreting through my preferred vintage stores. I’m also planning a dedicated New York section for LLG Plays & Stays, a little travel microsite within LLG that will hopefully launch in January, and want to make sure I investigate interesting New York places, both old and new, to make sure they are as wonderful as I think they are.
I already feel sad at the thought of saying goodbye in two weeks time. I can guarantee that as I sit in the back of my yellow cab driving over the bridge to JFK that I’ll have tears pouring down my face.