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South Beach, Miami

Bijal & I spent this past weekend vacationing in South Beach, Miami! We fell in love! Gorgeous beaches, awesome weather, beautiful women, great night life..I mean really, whats not to love! But a part of me felt guilty. Over the past 6 months I have ranted and raved to everyone about how great a city New York is and that I’d not rather live in any other city. And here I was, in love with Miami within 4 hours of landing there. So what was it that made me fall in love so fast? Everything I loved about South Beach can also be found in California and I lived there for 4 years. So why was Miami any different. And then it all made sense. After having lived in the concrete jungle of NYC for the past 6 months Miami seemed to be just the change I needed. But just as I had hoped, the need for that change was very short lived. 2 days into my trip to Miami, I knew that while Miami was a perfect vacation spot, NY would always be the place to be, MY preferred place to be.

The perfect Miami souvenir

Alcoholic slushies at Wet Willie’s! This one was called the superman and it definitely took me for a ride!

A little bit of Jersey Shore in Miami
The perfect beach party at Nikki Beach!


New York……from New Jersey!!

As Bijal and I drove through Weehawken on our way to Edgewater, we saw something that we had to pull over to take in. Wow, 6 months of being in this area and we had no idea how close we were to this. Wowww!!!! And by Wowww, i mean Wowwwwwwww! I knew I had to write all about it!

One of my most favorite things about New York is something you cannot experience in New York. Its the view of New York from New Jersey. Exchange Place (Newport) in Jersey city has gorgeous view of the financial district. In the evenings with the skyline lit up, the view is to die for. The other view I love is the one from Hoboken that covers all of midtown and the financial district. I absolutely love the giant lawn right on the water front. There are always people either sun tanning or just having a family picnic. Its awesome seeing so many people just soaking in the sun, building memories and at the same time enjoying the gorgeous view of New York. Last but not the least is the view I found today and one that inspired this blog post. The view was from Hamilton Park in Weehawken. What made this view unique and absolutely breathtaking is that compared to the other views, this one was from up on a cliff. For a second, I forgot I was on the east coast and thought I was in beautiful San Diego heading down the 2 lane road to the gorgeous La Jolla cove waterfront. I have included a video of the view, but the video does not do the view any justice.

View from Jersey City

View from Jersey City (cruise liner on the Hudson)

View from Hoboken
View from Hamilton Park in Weehawken

A Saturday in Brooklyn…

Summer is almost over! And we all know it’s no fun trying to explore NY in the winter. A couple of Bijal and my coworkers had mentioned to us that Brooklyn was a must see! So we decided to meet up with a couple of our friends in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn museum.

As we drove past the manhattan bridge into Brooklyn, I thought to myself….”Why have I never been to this gorgeous part of NY before?”. Everything was so New York, yet so wasn’t! The first couple of miles of drive was very manhattan like, lots of street food, local businesses, crowded streets. But then as we got closer to prospect park, the scenery completely changed. A close friend of mine always says that he would eventually want to move to Brooklyn. He loved the artistic vibe the city had. He loved the music scene, the art scene, everything about it! I never quite got him because I didn’t understand why anyone would chose Brooklyn over Manhattan….and all that changed within 10 minutes of us crossing the Manhattan bridge. A blog entry about Brooklyn is useless because you really need to experience it yourself. As we drove by prospect park and the Brooklyn library, all we could do was stare and wonder why it had taken us 6 months of moving to this area to venture out to Brooklyn. We had definitely missed out.

Neither words nor pictures can do Brooklyn justice. Yet, I have posted some of the pictures from our day out in Brooklyn below. They include our trip to the Brooklyn Botanical gardens, The Brooklyn Museum, Prospect park and the Brooklyn Brewery.

Trip to Six Flags!!

One word…ROLLERCOASTERS!!! (BTW, I wasn’t sure if rollercoaster was 1 word or two words..but dictionary.com confirmed that it can be either 🙂 Just an FYI for those that might be curious like I ).

This weekend, we decided to take a trip out to Six Flags in Jackson, NJ for our one year wedding anniversary. It was about an hour and a half drive. I hadn’t been on a rollercoaster since Six Flags in LA in 2003, so I was super excited! The Six Flags in NJ is actually a 3 in 1 package! It has a theme park, drive thru Safari and a water park. All 3 can’t be really covered in 1 day, but if you go early enough, you can definitely couple the Safari with either the theme park or water park.

The worst park of theme parks is the wait time for all the rides..some of these rides have up to a 3 hour wait. So here is a word of advise…get the flash pass! Totally worth it! We were able get through almost all the roller coasters in the park in less than 4 hours. I am not going to say much because I don’t want to ruin the ride experience for other people, but definitely try the Nitro and the Kingda Ka.

Next, we went to check out the drive thru Safari. If you have theme park tickets, the safari only costs $10 per person. Apparently its the biggest drive thru Safari outside Africa (4.5 miles). We stopped plenty to look at the animals, so it took us a whole hour and a half to complete it. Its a combination of animals out in the open, and animals in enclosures. The obvious ones such as tigers, lions, elephants are in enclosures, but the giraffes, rhinos, zebras, bisons, bears are out in the open and even walk up to your car. Check out all the pictures and videos below. Overall, a day spent well with tons to do and lots of fun!

Columbus Circle

Its the point from which all distances to and from New York City are measured…..Ladies and Gentleman…I’d like to introduce you to the Columbus Circle!

A couple of weekends back, we had some relatives visiting. And being the good hosts that we are, we decided to take them to some of the touristy spots in NY. Having been to NY a couple of times already, they had covered most of the major tourist spots. Somehow, we ended up deciding to go to Columbus circle. I had never been there and neither had they….so off we went to check it out.

When we got there, I realized that I had driven past the Columbus circle in the past, but had never actually stopped there. I wish I had because there is a ton to do there! From fine dining to shopping to just relaxing while reading a book!

At the center of it all is a monument. There is a lot of seating all around the monument, perfect for some afternoon reading (when its not so darn hot outside). There are also some rooftop restaurants close by that overlook the Columbus Circle. There is also a pretty big mall right across for some shopping. And for those of you that are geeks like me and don’t want to quite shop at the mall, you can pass time by taking pictures with the big lady (look below) or venture out to the Samsung store and check out their 3D TV and home theater set up.

All in all..the Columbus Circle is one of those places that you could take your friends and relative to when they come visit and at the same time, enjoy yourself. And not to forget, its close to Central Park..so maybe combine some shopping, reading and tourism in the same day without having to walk much.