Wednesday, August 20, 2008
We Made It!
We've been in New York City since last thursday. We had fun traveling and we had a really cool taxi driver named Danny who would make a great member of the church. He was so awesome and his family meant everything to him. We were grateful to get an awesome driver who spoke english! We spent a good hour or two with him, and he gave us the heads up on New York. He said, "Just be smart. Don't do something you wouldn't do in any other city...like walk down a dark alley way." He was a true New Yorker...Long Islander I should say. Nate and I had a funny experience our first day with the transportation system here in the city. We knew that we needed a monthly metro pass, but we had to take the bus to the subway station to purchase them first. So we hop on the bus, come to find out they don't accept dollar bills, only change. We had to pay 4 dollars in change and we only had like 2 or 3 in change. So we took a seat at the front of the bus. A bunch of old ladies started to get on the bus and they all sat up front by us. We started to ask them if they had any change. We even told them that we'd give them a dollar for 35 cents. They were very nice and they all gave us what they could. We finally had our four dollars and we paid and took a seat again. They asked us where we were from (obviously not New York because we didn't know you needed change for the bus.) They told us to tell everyone that true New Yorkers are nice and that they'd do the same for us ( tell people that Texans are nice...But I'm definitely not a Texan!!! yet...we'll see.) Then one lady said, excuse me...this part of the bus is for, and then she stopped. I looked around and realized it was for the elderly and handicapped. So we gladly said thanks and took our spot at the back of the bus. We've learned that we prefer the back of the bus though because there is better air circulation! We are getting the hang of the subways and busses. We spent our first few days on a mad apartment search. Every time we thought we had one we liked we changed our minds. Finally, we started all over and randomly called some ads that we found on craigslist. We went and saw one of those apartments monday evening and decided we loved it. We were just looking on the wrong side of the east river before. The apartment is just a block away from a gorgeous park and fabulous view of the east river. We met with another person the next morning to check out some others just in case, and the guy just took us to a building and showed us every single apartment. By the third apartment we had the idea. They all looked the exact same!!! So I got us away from him quick. I told him thanks and we'd call him that afternoon, but we had another appointment that we needed to get to. Nate isn't always bold enough to get out of situations, so I've learned to speak up! It's been quite an experience. We've been all over this city. Seriously. We weren't really prepared physically for all of the walking and hiking. In the apartment we are subletting right now, we are on the third floor. On the apartment that we are signing the lease for, we will be on the 5th floor. I'm pretty sure that we're going to get in shape while we're here. We've decided that it is no fun to live in such a fun city and not have any money to go play. But we will eventually. I have my first job interview on friday with a store called Threads. It is owned by Pottery Barn and it is a baby boutique. I really hope I get the job. I've applied to nanny positions and substitute teacher positions, and other stuff and this is the only interview I've gotten so far. We'll see. It is pretty close to where our new apartment is going to be on the Upper East Side. We got to go to the Manhattan temple today. It was way cool and so nice to feel such peace in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. We get to move into our new place on the first of September! It is way cute. There are french doors to the bedroom. Nate loves them more than I do! haha. For now we are getting used to PB& J and mac & cheese. Gotta love it!