Thursday, 3 October 2013

Bussing to NYC

It's hard to say no to spending a weekend with your best mates and equally as hard to say no to a weekend in New York, so just say yes.  You'll be glad that you did. 

I have been fortunate enough to visit New York a number of times and yet with each visit, I am excited to discover something new.  By this point I've done most of the touristy things: I've seen lady liberty, I've strolled through central park, I've spent countless hours in famed museums and art galleries, and I've seen a Broadway show or two. So why does the prospect of visiting New York still excite me so much?  Probably because I know that I haven't seen, smelled or tasted everything New York has to offer.  I probably never will, but I'm damned well going to try! 

In the past, I have taken the short flight to New York.  However, this time we decided to save a few bucks and sacrifice a good night's sleep for a bus ride.  Less money spent on transportation equals more money for shoes.  It's a ladies' weekend.  We all know there's going to be shopping.  We showed up at the Toronto bus terminal an hour before our scheduled departure time to try and get the "best" seats.  For us, that meant the lower level with the table.  That meant that we would be able to chat with each other and sprawl out a little. 

I pride myself on being able to sleep just about anywhere and as an avid traveler this is an important skill to have as you switch between time zones and take overnight trips.  This ride was particularly uncomfortable.  The Megabus was freezing! Seriously, it was August, I was wearing wool socks and was still afraid that my toes were going to get frost bite. Having to get off the bus with all of your belongings is also a bit of a pain 1 1/2 hrs into your trip at the border, but there isn't much to be done about that.  Border control is serious business.  We then stopped at the Buffalo bus terminal and the Buffalo airport before continuing on.  We settled into our seats as the lights dimmed on the bus.  Time for some shut eye.  I was in a nice sleep when suddenly the bus had stopped and the lights were back on.  It was time for a pit stop only 3 hours in, and then another about 3 hours after that.  Who needs a 1/2 hour break at 3AM?  The drivers would switch at these stops and we would try to sleep through the blindingly bright lights. I think had the trip been more continuous, it would have been much easier to get some quality sleep and would've made for a more enjoyable trip over all. Ditto for the way back.  So if you ever decided to take the Mega Bus take warm clothes (maybe even a blankie) and an eye mask to block out the light at those pit stops.  

Eleven hours later we were in New York tired, excited and hungry.  The good news it that the bus lets you off on 7th ave in midtown, so it's pretty easy to get anywhere you need to go.  And at 6AM, there's hardly any traffic so you're not going to be sitting in a cab forever.  That only leaves one more thing, which way to a bagel and schmear?