The past month has gone by so fast that it literally feels like a blur. I traveled to Maryland to meet my sister Krystin’s new addition, Harper. I returned to Atlanta for a few days and then headed to The Big Apple to meet my daughter, Joe College, for her spring break. While I have visited NY several times, this trip was totally different than any other visit. My daughter created a daily agenda of free/low cost things for us to do. In my 3 day and 4 night stay we went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (free on Tuesdays), the Bronx Zoo (free on Wednesdays), and a discounted Broadway show.
We also squeezed in some shopping in Manhattan for me and of course lots & lots of food! I ate pretty much everything I could get my hands on from Pizza to Caribbean food because I’m a foodie and what’s a trip to NY without good eats?! I felt justified in eating crazy because we got around by subway and walked a ton. I literally walked so much that on my first day there, the heel of my boots cracked. Fortunately we were heading to Buffalo Exchange at the time and I nabbed a pair of fringed suede booties for $28…problem solved!
This was my first solo vacation with my daughter since historically it has always been the 3 of us (me, her, and my son) and it was a defining moment. I’ve always known that she was strong, independent, and resourceful but seeing her in action in NY was eye-opening. She was navigating through the subway like a true New Yorker! She’s planning more solo-cations during her breaks from school. Will I crash them? Probably… If not then yes I’ll worry, but I’m confident she’ll be fine because in the words of Frank Sinatra and the Alicia Keys & Jay Z remake of New York if she can make it there, she’ll make it anywhere.