Before Lisa and I went on our two week vacation to Iceland, we went to New York City for 5 days! I have been obsessed with New York City ever since I religiously watched all of the Sex and the City episodes in High School… and college. I had been to New York City twice before, but never as an adult. I was so excited and even though there were hiccups, it was a good way to start our three week vacation!
I had never been to a Broadway show before, but Lisa and I decided to see Finding Neverland. You guys, it was so good. I’m a hardcore Disney freak, so it was awesome to hear the backstory to Peter Pan. Before the show, we grabbed cheap pieces of pizza which were DELICIOUS. #buffalochickenfordays
This was something I was really, really looking forward to. I am a huge SATC fan (as you can see from above), so I was absolutely loving answering all the trivia questions! Basically we were on a bus tour and we stopped at different places that the show was shot at and could take pictures! I really enjoyed it and thought our tour guide was hilarious (she made lots of inappropriate jokes and it was awesome.)
Of course, my favorite part was seeing Carrie’s stoop! Apparently a European family lives there now and doesn’t like all of the tourists to come sit on their house (understandably), so we could only take pictures from afar.
We, of course, had to get an NYC style pretzel.
The tour cost $50 and I think it was worth it. You can purchase tickets and find out more information here.
The BlogHer conference was the reason that Lisa and I went to NYC. I was expecting to hear inspirational speakers, learn a lot about improving my blog, and network with other bloggers.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and I really wasn’t that impressed with the conference. Although I have an affiliation with the BlogHer network and respect them, I have to be honest about the conference experience. It wasn’t what I thought. There were a lot of inspiring speakers, but they focused on feminism and racial issues. Although I agree that these are VERY important issues, I didn’t realize that the conference would be focused on that so much. The few sessions I attended, however, were very informative. I learned a decent amount about SEO from the SEO basics session (but the set up was terrible! I could barely hear the poor speaker!) I also attended turning your blog into a book (interesting!) and FOMO/Like Anxiety (dude, so refreshing to hear that everyone worries about missing out, online and in real life!) Those sessions were great!
Can I tell you one thing that really bothered me, though? You can tell me if I’m being dramatic because I probably am. The entire conference talked about feminism and not being objectified by men. The closing party for the event was hosted by McDonald’s, and when we got to the event, I noticed something suspicious… all of the waiters were INCREDIBLY hot. And all male.
Interesting, right? Being the nosy self I am, I asked if they worked for McDonald’s. Instead they worked for a talent agency and in the back were all the “regular” McDonald’s workers. Why did BlogHer do this? Why did they objectify these guys and not just have “regular” people, not models, serving the burgers? I don’t think it’s right and I don’t agree with it! (I’m probably overreacting, but it’s been a few weeks and it still bothers me a bit. What do you think?)
Overall, it was a great trip and a good way to start our vacation to Iceland. Being in NYC made me realize something crazy… I actually really love Shanghai. I already knew that, but I figured that I would like NYC a little more. Truth is, Shanghai is my place. And that was a pretty cool feeling!
What’s your favorite thing about NYC? Am I being dramatic about BlogHer?