USA: New York City
Posted on February 17, 2016
Our trip to NYC ended up being to the areas around the city itself. Like Philadelphia, we split up our 5 day stay between two couchsurfers: Agnes in Jersey and George on Long Island.
Agnes and Nick bonded over the fact that they are both Hungarian. From the moment we arrived to her house till the moment we left, Nick was constantly turning to me and saying “My mom has this exact ____!”, from lamps to rugs to special Hungarian Christmas candy.
Agnes was incredibly accommodating. She didn’t mind us coming home late from blues dancing (which was just the best! Definitely one of the best cities ever to dance in. Even though we couldn’t find it at first and hung out in the International Ballroom Dance room before a very helpful dancer pointed us in the right direction…), and invited us to pilates with her. The New Jersey suburbs were a nice change of pace and helped us recharge and prepare for future travels.
On Long Island, we made a special trip out to stay with George, a couchsurfer who has been to 150+ countries and was a great host. He took us out to a lighthouse and retold stories of crazy travel adventures. We even got to see his piles of passports and his extensive currency collection that he shared part of with us (which helped us out in Romania when we needed to catch a bus and all the ATMs weren’t working!). George gave us great tips for future travels and really showed us what it meant to be a lifelong traveler. He was incredibly generous and genuine, and we hope he comes to visit us when we’re back in Denver (if he’s not too busy around the world!).
George also lived very close to some of my extended family, and we were able to get dinner with my aunt and uncle, as well as see some of the same places my dad would always tell us about from when he grew up on Long Island.
Like last time we were in New York, we got the 5 day metro card, which is always, always, always worth the purchase (unlike you, Washington, DC!).
Every time we visit, we see more and more of what this bustling metropolis has to offer. Though last time was significantly more touristy, this trip was filled with fun times and great people! We <3 NYC!