Can’t sleep, will blog

I woke up about 2 hours ago from the sound of a siren, or something and it felt like Christmas morning. New York. We’re in New York! I tossed and turned, I jealously watched Rob sleeping soundly next to me, I knew I shouldn’t grab my phone but I did and 2 hours later, I have given up.

It looks like this, right now.

I mean really, how can I be expected to sleep when THIS is just right there?

It’s misty and dark still here, about 4 degrees outside and it’s been drizzly all night with more rain expected today. But out there there’s cabs tooting, cars and people and lights from diners sparkling on the wet footpaths. There is NOTHING like this place. Nothing.

Our flight over was long, but great. We both managed to get some sleep and given that we usually don’t get that much sleep at home, well, we’re doing OK. I think we worked out from the time we left home, until the time we got to the hotel was about 30 hours. Australia is a really long way away from the rest of the world.

Our hotel is bloody fabulous and even better than what we were expecting. We’re staying at The Ludlow which is on the lower east side. Rob arranged for some champers to be there when we arrived and we both just sat there looking at each other thinking HOW CAN WE EVEN BE HERE WE LIVE IN BURRAWANG.

We went for a bit of a walk around last night in the cold and wet, then had a drink in the bar downstairs. Oh the people watching! SUPERIOR.

Here’s my Instagram story from the past 24 hours or so…

So here we are, safe and sound, amazed again at the wonder of travel. How you can hop on a plane, hurtle through the sky and suddenly end up on the other side of the world where people are doing their thing, living their lives.

I can’t wait to get to enjoy this magnificent city and all she has to offer.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I might try and get some sleep, or at least sit and watch the lower east side wake up to a dreary Monday morning.


  1. All I can say is enjoy. Take it all in. Who cares if it’s wet and freezing. Your in freakin NY. Keep safe and have a ball. Looking forward to seeing the updates.

  2. Enjoy! Have the best time. I LOVE NYC so much. We were there for Xmas last year. It was my second visit and I plan on going again and again. What a treat. I too am a small town country living gal and a bit of a hermit actually, but did I tell you how much I LOVE New York. Sigh, I’m a bit jelly, but in a nice way. 🙂

  3. I’m so excited to live vicariously through you for this trip! We visited new York in September with our girls which was incredible, but now I really want to go back and do any adults only trip! Have the best time, make sure you eat lots of cheesecake and have a pastrami sandwich at katzs deli x

  4. So RAD!!!

  5. Mate, I’m that excited for/with you! I was only thinking about 10 minutes ago how awesome your trip would be, and am rapt that I opened up Facey to find a blog post about it. Eeeeep! Once again, thank you for allowing me (and many others, I am sure) to live vicariously through your wonderful adventures xxx

  6. Haha yes Australia is a long way lol i do that trip twice a year and it still blows

  7. Enjoy Beth. I’m sitting here reading this bunking down in the path of Cyclone Debbie, so I’m very jealous. I look forward to all the coming blog posts and photos xx

  8. Yay!
    My parents are actually here at the moment…which is fab…but it means that I won’t get to NYC this year…and they didn’t bring any pizza with them.

  9. How wonderful. It is amazing that you get to such a city in a relatively short time. I love NYC. My son lives there. I would recommend One/Freedom tower ( I don’t know what they have decided on, it was just opened in 2015 when we were there), it was quite spectacular.

  10. Debs Sutton says

    How fabulous Beth. I adore NYC, my husband’s uncles used to own dance halls back in the day on 42nd St!!! Embrace,savour,drink,eat,love all that incredible city has to

  11. I don’t want to now go to sleep as I’ll miss your day in NYC!

  12. Linda Jenkins says

    I will be following your trip and all you want to share. I was in New York for a few days in 2015 but would so love to go back and have a much longer stay – enjoy yourselves !!

  13. ab/fab hun!
    I think you are enjoying it!:))
    hope you got some useful sleep!
    much love m:)X

  14. Oh My, I’ve never been but am desperate to go. I studied New York History at uni (funny it never found me a decent job?!). My sis-in-law has a ceramic and wallpaper range launching with Athro in August. Dying to know what you thought of the store. x

  15. Hi Beth,
    What camera did you take to New York? Your photos are amazing x

  16. This is the best. Have a fab time Beth. And hope you get some sleep. xx


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