Missioning through the Macy’s labyrinth for stamps

stamps

I started this new thing where I send postcards to friends from wherever I am. I think it is a great idea and they seem to like it, it’s kinda like bringing them along on my trips.

Being in San Fran, I though this would be the best place to send a postcard from, great plan. The steps are easy, get said postcards, get stamps, write message and post. It turns out that step two is not as easy as it sounds.

Macy's men

I met up with my friend Agnes (hi A), who kindly volunteered, well she was dragged along, to mission with me on the quest for stamp. First clue that this was going to be interesting came when we were directed to the Macy’s on Union Square, apparently there was a post office on the first floor. Okay, sure why not.

Turn left to the dungeon ma’am

Post office

Okay, the lady didn’t say that but she might as well have. Firstly we ended up in the men’s store of Macy where no one knew anything but no fear the women’s store was right across: “because Macy’s takes up the block,” Agnes notes. It does.

We happen into the fragrance section of the women’s store, it smells like a brothel. We then directed to go down and keep going to the back. The very back. Yup, the post office lives in Harry Potter’s closet. It took us while to figure out where we are going between the bedding and fine china, people where queueing to post their letters and whatnots.

“This is Magic!” Agnes exclaims. She is having fun. The queue is long, I am not having fun.

stamp machine

Wait, what’s this? it’s a self service stamp machine. Success! No, wait… It only accepts credit card, you have got to be kidding me!

“How does it work, though?” I ask.

Agnes decides to test a theory: try to activate the machine with her bank card, it works. Okay we are winning again. What kind of stamps? International. Canada or China? Huh? Other International. Type in the name of your country. type type. How many stamps. Type Type.

Success!

We have stamps and postcards are written and ready to be posted.

Pretty sunsets and smiling fish: walking San Francisco

City view

I got off the plane at SFO and the first thing I thought was, I think I should go for a run. Yes, all the crazy running tweets have made want to run. Also this is the beauty of San Francisco though, its beautiful wide streets, great parks and amazing views do make you want to run.

I didn’t run, I walked very fast ( no, really).

You can also walk slowly. There is plenty to do here, and you can easily walk 20 blocks without realising just how far you have walked. Little cafes will greet you at every corner, and neighourhoods lend themselves to adventures and the chances to get lost are plenty — you all know how much I love that.

The thing you need to know about this walking San Fran business is that it is not easy. As great as it is to walk San Fran it has some major gradient issues. A walk through the neighourhoods of San Fran is exercise, it’s fun exercise but it is kinda tasking.

Alcatraz

My first walk through the city was through Ghirardelli Square and onto the jetty to see the city from the water’s perceptive — in way. From this point you can see Alcatraz quite closely and people fish around here. People fish and leave it out for you to see. I was a smiling fish with lady parts, that is all I will say on the matter.

Smiling fish

I enjoyed the fish walk so much I decided to take an hour walk from Polk street up toward Broadway all the way through Pacific Heights, this particular neighbourhood is what locals call “where all the expensive houses are”.

Back to my to walk. The top of Broadway is a great place to watch a sunset when you are not expecting one, when you stand there at the top, especially now in the fall the cool air tingling your skin and look up toward the bay at the pink hue of the sky, something happens. For a moment, the world stops and your breath is stolen by what lies below.

Pink sunset

It’s quite the mesmerising sight that even locals walking their dogs stop to bask. Can you imagine what it must be like to have this every day of your life. At this time of the year, it doesn’t last very long as the days are shorter and sunset comes and goes quite fast but if you catch it, it is worth it.

There is something about the city that grips you the moment you let it.

Eating my way through New York

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I love New York City, and I love eating in New York. Yes it is an expensive city but there are places I am willing to pay for and there are places that are just worth it.

When people think of New York they think pizza and getting New York style pizza slices, they also think of steak and also cheese cake!

The following places I enjoy eating at when I am in New York, I like them for the food, the atmosphere and the just because they are great places.

Sarabeth’s East

Sarabeth’s on the Upper East located on 1295 MADISON AVE. AT 92ND STREET is pretty cool. Well Any Sarabeth’s is quite cool. It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner to be honest but I go there for the dessert.

According to Sarabeth’s it has “legendary weekend brunch with specialty drinks such as the Four Flowers Mimosa and Pickled House Bloody Mary.”

My favourite thing to eat: the peach crumb pie. To die for. 4/5 only because it doesn’t have wifi, free or otherwise.

Once Upon a Tart

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This Soho a gem is pretty much a sandwich.tart place. It’s not really all that proper sit down thing and order hot meal but you can have a great sandwich or a great tart. At its core it is a bakeshop cafe that offers a variety of sweet and savoury tarts and cool almost hipsteresque atmosphere.

I love the Zucchini Tomato tart, just yum. 4/5 no wifi — seriously New York?

Serendipity 3

This is already a tourist trap and you don’t need me to tell you about it but seriously if you haven’t gone and tried their frozen hot chocolate then you really should.

It’s fun and the atmosphere is quite cool and aside from the famous sundae there are actually really great things on the menu to have.

The High Heel Pump sandwich is out of this world. Then there is that Big Apple pie. Just go even just to say you have been. 4/5 no free wifi

‘Essen

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So obviously I am kinda obsessed with desserts but ‘Essen isn’t a dessert place, I am sure you can get dessert there but it’s kinda health. A Delicatessen around Madison Square Park, this spot offers a lunch time buffet that will change your life — true story.

The Spinach rice is to die for, I would eat that all day. Seriously walk around Madison avenue then grab your take away lunch then sit at Madison Square Park and enough the atmosphere or stay at ‘Essen and enjoy their free wifi. 4/5 because you its elf service.

Lido in Harlem

A friend introduced me to this place for brunch. Located in Harlem this places is brimming with chatter and the brunch crowd. The menu is quite interesting and everything has an italian twist.

Do me a favour order the Farm Fresh Poached Eggs with Veal Meatballs. It will surprise and that is all I am saying. It is a good surprise but yes. And they have free wifi! 4/5 because getting a 5/5 is something special 😉

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria — Under the Brooklyn bridge

I can’t talk about eating my way through New York without Pizza. Arguably the bets Pizza you will every have, no jokes. You can tasted the difference in their coal-fired brick over pizza.

My favourite toppings: Cured Black Olives, Italian Sausage and Mushrooms with lost of cheese! Do not miss this you find yourself in New York. They have locations around the city, Manhattan and Hoboken New Jersey. 5/5 because I love their pizza!

Getting lost in New York City can lead to a great adventure

Subway

If there is one thing you must do in this city ride the subway. It’s a scary place but it can lead to endless wonder.

I wanted to go to Central Park and pop into Sarabeth’s, take a photo and ask my best-friend if she would like to have coffee ( long story). I got on a train and somehow ended up at the World Trade Center. Needless to say my subway navigation is a little rusty. But when in Rome. So I thought go see the 9/11 memorial, well that closes like at 5 or something.

Next stop adventure town.

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So I decided to get on the Staten Island ferry to watch the sunset over the city and what a great choice that turned out to be. I love the Staten Island ferry, for one it is free and another it is a wonderful 20mins cruise that take you right in front of Liberty Island, you can see the statue and then back to the city. You can see the city’s skyline at its best and they way the sun kisses the horizon at sunset will take your breath away.

What does one do after watching a great sunset? Easy Times Square. Lights, tourist shops and a chai latte at Starbuck because after all that walking you will need something.

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Hello from New York

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I am in New York this week. A very busy and hopefully adventure filled week.

I love this city. To be honest it’s hard not to. This is one of the greatest cities on earth and it never fails to let you know why.

I am hopping about New York this week and it’s already off to a great start. With some great subway adventures and bus mishaps.

I ran into a man in the subway with morning who asked me if I was ready. Ready for what, I ask. For him to blow my mind. Really New York? This is the man you send to me on this day.

It hasn’t been all cheesy but I am sure more cheese will come. I took walk this morning and managed to catch the city from the Hudson river, Jersey side, it was breathtaking. The sun hung in the sky and New York city bid the day hello.

There is tons to do here and everyone can join in the fun. From art at the MOMA to hot dogs in central park and the best pizza in the world at Grimald’s in Brooklyn. Get ready New York because I am about to blow your mind, oh wait is that the other way round?