Driving Home with a Stop in Pittsburgh, PA
Trip Start Apr 30, 2009
5Trip End May 04, 2009
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After a bite to eat at the hotel, we left around 9:00am. The directions that I printed off Google Maps were not clear, and as we discovered earlier, the signs in NJ are not clear at all! We had no idea where we were going - all we knew is that we had to get to the I-95. To make matters worse, we were running out of gas.
Shop Kawaii store on Walnut St. This is the home of our favorite online shopping site, where we have purchased many gifts for Christmas and special occasions for each other. Walking inside, the real-life store did not disappoint; it was better than I could have imagined! San-X characters filled the whole back half of one room, adorable apparel filling another room, and Japanese figurines, collectibles, and Kid Robot/Munny figures lined the walls. This is the store of my dreams! We spent a good amount of time in the shop and it was really tough narrowing it down to purchasing a "reasonable" amount of items.
It was now 9:30pm and we arrived at the border. Our border guard was so nice and friendly, and actually conversed with us a bit about NYC! What a stark difference between him and the nasty US border guard! We drove through the border without any difficulties and arrived home around 11:00pm.
It feels great to be back at home and in my own bed, but what a fantastic experience! My third visit to NYC, but my first time experiencing the city with my love, which makes it my first "real" time in NYC. This was the first planned-out trip there with a longer duration as well. The trip to NYC was amazing and we'd both love to visit back sometime as there are many more places to visit and see! I've heard that NYC can be visitd numerous times and you could do different activities each time - upon visiting the city first hand, I'm sure that statement is very much true indeed! We had a wonderful time in the Big Apple!