I’m spending the weekend in New York City (for the first time) and so far my first impressions are: I love the city, but it’s so damn loud.. how can people put up with it? The crowds of people everywhere and the constant honking and traffic just makes my ears ring. Other than that, so far, I love it. I didn’t think of New York as so diverse before I arrived this morning, but there are literally people from all over the world here and thats what makes the city so unique and culturally diverse. I love it.

I landed at LaGuardia this morning and after eating breakfast at the Centurion Lounge (review coming soon), I took an Uber to my hotel, in Manhattan, which cost just $40 USD.. for New York I’d say that’s a good deal.. no? After checking in (which by the way I love the hotel so far, review soon!), I went out to explore the city and the first thing on my list was the Empire State Building:

New York City

New York City

Wow it was windy up there, but I’m so glad it’s the first place I went to since I could see just how massive the city is. After that I spent a bit of time walking around the city and ended up in Times Square:

Times Square

Times Square

I also went to Central Park and had a stroll through it and there are just people everywhere. I guess the fact that it’s the weekend doesn’t make it better, but on the other hand it doesn’t bother me that much since the people are what make the city so alive. I will have more details soon, just wanted to share my initial impressions after day one. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram as I’m ‘live’ blogging there!

Welcome to New York, Welcome to New York, that song is now officially stuck in my head, they’re playing it everywhere on the radio, at the airport, on the street, everywhere. So yeah, “welcome to New York, welcome to New York”!