Sorpresa! Washington DC & NYC Here we come!

Sorpresa! We’re going to DC & NY! 

It is not a secret that I enjoy traveling. I started traveling on my own in my early 20s. I still remember the first solo trip I took. I was 22 and it was to New York. It was great, I stayed with a friend and got a taste of the Big Apple. That’s when I fell in love with the concrete jungle and everything that it stands for. I knew then that one day I would have to return with my mom. 

2019 was a big year (go read my previous post to get an idea) and I wanted to end it with a bang. I’ve booked a trip to Washington DC and New York for my mother, my aunt and myself. 

The experience of traveling with my mom to a new place was beyond I could have imagined. The bonding that came from this trip brought me closer to my mom, made me appreciate her more and the memories created will always stay with me. 

Washington DC was beautiful. We spent a full day in DC, where we hit the White House, Capitol, Library of Congress and Lincoln Memorial. It was a busy day, but completely worth it. I made sure to book a tour for the Capitol beforehand with my representative and was set for the day. 

We stayed in a hotel near the White House, it was within walking distance of the National Mall (it’s where all the monuments are located), the White House a few other things. Since I was traveling with my mother and aunt, we mainly used Uber as our method of transportation, however we did walk to the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

New York City was also one full day, and even though it rained the entire time, and this took a little more planning it was great. I purchased train tickets from DC to NYC 2 weeks in advance. My mother had never really traveled by train, and it was lovely to experience so many firsts with her. Our train was a bit on the early morning (5:30 am!), so we mainly slept as we knew we had a full day coming. Arrived to Penn Station around 9:30 am and I don’t think I will ever forget my moms face when we walked out. NY had a sense of authority that you just breath in when you arrive. All the people moving unaware of what is going around them, all trapped in their own world. This was what my mom was experiencing for the first time, and to be able to see that changed the way I think of NY. NY is no longer I city I loved, but a memory with my mom. I booked our hotel 4 months in advance, since we were going during peak season for NY. Other than that, we winged it and it was great. We visited the World Trade Center, Rockefeller Plaza, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Times Square.  I met my friend Amber and her mother for dinner, and then they were so kind to walk with us to all the things my mother wanted to see. I couldn’t leave New York without having a cheesecake from Juniors (my fav!). This moment was one I wanted to enjoy, I put my phone (camera) away and just enjoyed the company of family and friends. I was a little sad that I didn’t take a single picture with my friend, but the memories I have will be cherished for a lifetime.

I can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring, but I see more trips with my mom in the future!

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