My weeklong New York City adventure comes to an end in the morning, after 8 Broadway shows, 2 off-Broadway shows, 1 opera and 1 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Add in countless miles traveled on foot and by subway, and it amounts to a pretty exciting 7 days.
If you'd asked me a couple years ago whether I thought I'd ever get to spend a week in New York, walking around, taking in the sights, seeing shows, meeting friends, I'd have said no. I was always a little intimidated by the city. I didn't know anyone there and it had been years since I'd gone anywhere for a week. In fact, until I took this trip, it had been 10 years since I spent a week away from home.
But my short trips to New York over the past 18 months have been terrific, and this one was no exception. I had a tremendous time. I feel like I'm beginning to know my way around a little and New Yorkers are awesome - friendly and welcoming and always willing to come to the aid of a visitor who hasn't quite mastered the subway system. (I know the Bronx is up and the Battery is down, but after that, it's a bit murky.)
I'll have lots to write about when I get back, but I just want to thank everyone who took the time to meet me - including Jan from Broadway and Me, and her theatergoing friend Bill; Vance from Tapeworthy; Gabriel from Modern Fabulousity; Sarah from Adventures in the Endless Pursuit of Entertainment; Theatre Aficionado at Large; Mondschein from Third Row, Mezzanine; Kari from Persistent Cookie; and Roxie from Stage Left, House Right. You are all very kind, wonderful people and the trip would not have been nearly as much fun without your company and conversation.
And a special shoutout to a dear friend back home. I'm not sure whether she wants me to mention her by name, but without her aid, none of this would have been possible.