Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Traveling by train from Newark airport to New York City

I find the easiest way to get from Newark airport to New York City, is the New Jersey transit train. It only costs $13 and a 25 minute journey. 

There's signs all over Newark airport for the air train. Follow the air train signs and you'll not get lost, but there's always airport staff by the air train if you ever want help. The staff are always very friendly. One staff member offered to take one of my suitcases, but I like to do things on my own and I feel awkward when someone helps me. The air train stops at all the terminals and the airport train station. 

The air train is free, but before you get the New Jersey transit train you need to remember to buy your train ticket at one of the machines. There's train ticket machines before you leave the terminal and in the building before heading out to the train. The platform is down a level, so you either have to use the stairs, escalator or lift and then wait on the right side for the train into New York.

There's only one train station stop in Manhattan and it's Penn station. There's a train station which sounds similar, Penn Newark and the Manhattan station they call Penn New York. I always check my map on my mobile, to see where I am. The other way to tell you're at Penn New York station, is everyone is getting of with suitcases haha. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Flying with United Airlines to New York

Today we are talking about flying United Airlines to New York. I live in Edinburgh, so my thoughts will be on Edinburgh - Newark. 

I know friends who've went on holiday flying the cheapest way, taking stop-overs. The things you really need to consider, is it really worth the hassle ? How much money are you saving ? United Airlines fly Edinburgh to Newark direct, leaving at half 9 in the morning and arriving in Newark at 12 lunchtime. The flight is 7 and a half hours, but everytime I fly with United Airlines it always arrives early. I've always chosen to fly with United Airlines, as it's a direct flight from Edinburgh to Newark. Also it's a morning flight, meaning I arrive in New York for lunchtime and still have the whole day.

I personally like the window seat, because I hate feeling like am stopping someone from getting out to go to the toilet. I'll go to the toilet just before they start doing the boarding call, then I can last the whole flight without needing the toilet. 

I think I've flew with United Airlines way too many times now. When I get on the plane, I find myself thinking "those flight attendants were on my flight before". Haha am not too sure it's a good thing to remember the staff from previous flights.

The entertainment system on the plane is very slow. I find I keep have to hit the screen a few times for it to work. I worry sometimes if am annoying the person in the seat in front hammering on their seat haha. The first time I flew with United Airlines I said to people beside me I'd never fly with them again, as their entertainment system is slow. Entertainment isn't everything, I thought of the ups and downs and would rather a direct flight over flight entertainment. 

Food and drink
The soft drinks, orange and water are free, but alcohol you pay for.

Pesto breadsticks 
Pasta or chicken meal
Ice cream tub
Pesto, turkey and edam cheese roll

My favourite part of the flight, is landing and seeing the World Trade Center in the distance. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

New York restaurant in Scotland

If you haven't already gathered am based in Scotland, but that doesn't mean we can't get New York here. We have a New York restaurant in Scotland called TriBeCa. I blogged about TriBeCa Bruntsfield over on my personal blog.

I visited the new TriBeCa opened in Broughton Edinburgh. I didn't find it easy to find at first and I live in Edinburgh. I think the best way, is follow the road opposite the tram stop on York place straight down and it's on the right at the round about. 

I choose the Broadway burger - TriBeCa Thai spiced vegetable burger with hummus, pickle and tzatziki. It also comes with chips. 

My favourite at TriBeCa is the American milkshakes. The American milkshakes are just the best.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Love on Times Square

Happy Valentine's Day everyone ! Who's spending Valentine's Day in New York ? I love watching Times Square vow renewal ceremony online at 6pm. It looks so romantic, all the couples standing on the red steps. These little things makes you realise, life is too short to fall out with people. 

The Times Square Facebook page posted their ideas of things to do over the Valentine's season. I couldn't agree more with Mac. Any man who buys you Mac, is a keeper. Tiffany and Central Park should be included aswell, but they are further up on the map. Tiffany is on Fifth Avenue and 57th street. Central Park is on 59th street.

I'd be happy getting taken anywhere in New York. 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Hi how are you ?

I saw this quote shared on a New York Facebook page today and made me laugh. When I go in shops in New York, the staff always greet you - hi how are you ? I always say - good how are you ? Most of the time, am left talking to myself. I find it funny, but I'll always answer and ask the person back out of politeness.     

Does anyone else find themselves talking to themselves, asking people how they are back ?