… There’s nothin’ you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York,
These streets will make you feel brand new,
Big lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York!
I think you guys can guess where one of my most recent layovers was spent!
I didn’t manage to swap my 24 hour layover in the Big Apple, so after a couple of hours sleep I was up at 1am ready to serve a full cabin of hungry passengers for the next 14 hours.
Luckily, they were hungry but even more than that, they were sleepy! I guess the one good thing about a departure at 3 o’clock in the morning is that everybody wants one thing – sleep!
The flight flew by with great crew, and so many laughs in the galley whilst everybody slept.
We’re lucky enough to fly over some beautiful places on our way around the world, and I always take time to appreciate the beautiful views out of the window. I even popped up to the cockpit to admire a bit more of Greenland and the gorgeous snowy peaks visible for a while.
Just as the passengers were starting to wake up, it was time for my break! We have a little crew rest compartment (located in the cabin on the A380 behind a locked door!) which sleeps 9, plus a separate area for the flight deck with 2 bunk beds. They are a bit of a squeeze and I’m pretty sure some of the tall guys barely even manage to fit in the bunk beds, but once you’re in it’s hard not to fall into a deep sleep!
After a short but sweet slumber, it was time to serve some breakfast, and then….land into the concrete jungle!
Being Saturday morning, the city was so busy and it took us forever to get to the hotel. Half of the roads were closed due to some market or other so we drove around for what felt like hours before we finally reached the hotel. By this time it was already lunchtime, and although I’d already eaten on the plane, I was suddenly absolute starving!
After a quick bite to eat, I knew I needed some sleep before being able to do anything.
A few hours later, feeling much more refreshed and awake, I was ready to hit the shops! Our hotel is located right by Times Square, so even if you’ve only got a 24 hour layover you haven’t got far to go for all the essential retail therapy.
I love wandering around Times Square; it never gets old, no matter how many times you’ve been before!
I browsed a few shops, enjoying the gorgeous sunny warm weather that I’m sure won’t be around for much longer.
A sneaky new pair of sunglasses may or may not have been purchased …. 😉
I decided to walk up to Central Park for a stroll around. My plan had been to hire a bike with one of the other crew, but she went out without sleeping so I knew I’d be too exhausted to enjoy it if I went with her! Instead I wandered up the streets, along 5th Ave, and towards Central Park.
One day I’d love to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, but I think they’re a bit of a rip off at about 5 dollars per minute!
By the time I reached Central Park it was already dusk, and starting to get dark. The park was still alive with people, especially as it was Saturday evening.
Everywhere I looked there were dance groups practicing salsa, people out rollerblading, or couples enjoying an evening stroll.
I wandered on down towards the Bethesda Terrance and Fountain, which overlook the lake in Central Park. If any of you watched Gossip Girl, you might recognise this as where Chuck & Blair got married!
Unfortunately it was already getting pretty dark by this time, so I couldn’t see too much of the fountain or the lake. I’ll have to come and hire a bike next time, and explore some more of the park!
As my early wake-up call was looming, I wandered slowly back towards the hotel. Thankfully I have a great offline map, without which I undoubtedly would have walked even further!
As i got tucked up into bed, I decided to check the “health” app on my iPhone, which automatically tracks how far you’ve walked. I’d done almost 15 kilometres, in less than 5 hours, without even realising! It’s no surprise that my feet were aching the next day!
The layover came to an end far too quickly, and it was time to head back to the airport ready for another flight home.
This was most certainly a short but sweet visit to one of my favourite cities – I’ll be back!