This last week I have been sick. Very sick. You know when you watch those zombie movies and the whole world has died of a deadly virus? That’s how sick I was.
Ok, maybe not that bad, but being a man I do feel that whenever I get a sniffle, the world is going to end. And so our guests Jenny and Tom, who visited us last year, were ever so patient as I coughed and spluttered in the background, cursing the gods for their cruelty and generally feeling sorry for myself. And Sian was kind as always, administering painkillers and offering soothing words…I truly was on death’s door.
During my bed rest, between writing my last will and testament and telling all those dear to me that I loved them, I took the time to flick through some old hard drives, clean up some files, and generally do some digital housekeeping. I then stumbled across our honeymoon photos and realised that I have not once posted about the epic adventure on this blog. Being that I have only been out of the house for a few hours in the last week, I have obviously nothing new to share with you all, and so I am glad that my previous laziness and incompetence allows me to now share them with you today…I hope you enjoy 🙂
First off, our honeymoon was epic. I know that everyone says that (you should, after all) but ours was the tops. The bees knees – the dog’s danglies. The best.
We started off for a few days in Miami, and after painting the town red (sleeping) for all of four days, we got a bus up the road to Orlando to enjoy the wonders of Universal, Busch Gardens, and all the other amazing theme parks. It was so much fun.
And after 10 days of theme parks and crazy golf, we jumped on a train and headed up to New York to stay with one of Sian’s dearest friends, Ellie and her husband Kenn. They live in Brooklyn and are wonderful…and so is New York.
Barbados is awesome. We have lovely beaches and views and warmth, but Sian and I miss the city. And I miss the cold. When we first arrived in New York, the mid-March chill of 0 degrees was oh so welcome. We wandered around the city, bundled up in every item of clothing we owned, our necks craned back enjoying the dizzy heights of the buildings, taking in the sights and sounds of what many regard as the greatest city in the world.
The novelty of the cold soon wore thin, but the sights didn’t. Boy do we miss architecture. As we explored the frozen streets, we had completely forgotten the Chatel Houses of home, the palm trees swaying in the breeze and the crystal blue water hugging the coastal road as you head north or south…here we were treated to buildings of monolithic scale; clad in glass and oozing style, we had never seen anything like it.
We loved it.
We did all the touristy things we could in the four days we were there. We ice skated in Central Park, we visited the Statue of Liberty, we went to the museums, and we scaled the Empire State.
Ingeniously (by sheer luck) Sian and I planned the trip to the concrete summit to coincide with sunset. Standing at the top of the building in minus 5 with a wind chill to boot, we were treated to one of the most wonderful – if not the coldest, sunsets we had seen for a long time.
And as the sun dipped behind the horizon, the city scape changed before our eyes.
Sian and I came to the conclusion that city life suits us a whole lot better than island life does. We love theatre and food and music and all that good stuff. In Barbados, you get some of that, but New York just has it in spades. Even as I write this, my heart has skipped a beat at the thought of us being home in London in less than 6 months…I cannot WAIT to be back in the city again, amongst the hustle and bustle, the small bars, the good beer, the sheer number of PEOPLE that you meet…
And maybe, with all the airmiles we have clocked up over the last few years of living out here, I will treat Sianie to a reprise of the honeymoon; a wee jolly to New York, the BEST city in the world…
Thanks for reading guys, and hope you all have a great week.