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New York

New York has always been one of my favourite places to visit, and I’d only ever been in summer, so after the mild winter we had in England, New York in January was definitely a shock to the system. The trip had been planned as a surprise for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday, and we had a whole week there.

We were staying at the Wellington Hotel, which is a couple of blocks away from Central Park. We landed about 9pm on Friday evening and we were both pretty exhausted. We got some food and wandered around Times Square for a bit, before passing out in bed.

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Weather was quite mild but grey on our first day. We obviously woke up around 6am and couldn’t get back to sleep. We decided we’d walk from our hotel on 55th Street all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge. We stopped en route at a pub called Blind Pig. By a complete coincidence, it was also an Arsenal pub, and Arsenal just happened to be playing – such a lucky coincidence for Sam…

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We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, but decided we’d go back later in the week when the weather was a bit better. We found a couple of cosy pubs and indulged in a few beverages. We then decided to walk back to our hotel and oh my gosh, I’ve never been so physically tired! It took us nearly an hour to walk/shuffle back, we didn’t even have the energy to run for traffic lights.

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Day two we headed to a gym for a workout. The weather was miserable but it had huge glass windows so it was quite nice working out while watching the rain beating down. As it was raining we decided to make this a shopping day, so we meandered down Fifth Avenue, and ended up in Macy’s. I have to admit, the sale was a bit overwhelming – we just didn’t know where to start! I came out with a beautiful new Marc Jacobs purse (thank you Sam), a Michael Kors top and some Guess jeans – absolute bargains in their sale! Dinner, we stumbled upon Mighty Quinns Barbecue…talk about a food coma. I don’t remember getting home after; we were in some sort of meat stupor.

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Monday morning. -3 degrees. 8am SoulCycle class. Basically an intense spin class with added weights and motivational speech – good for the soul and the body! It was really fun, I’d definitely go again if they brought it to London. The day was absolutely freezing, but the sun was shining so we decided we’d head back to Brooklyn Bridge. We had brunch at Brazilia, where we discovered Peanut Butter Acai Bowls…

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Brooklyn Bridge was beautiful, and we went down into Brooklyn to get some photos of the New York skyline. It was lovely and the views were stunning, but I lost all feeling in every part of my body.

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Tuesday was a day we were both excited for. We were going to see a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, so naturally we had to kit ourselves out. Nothing quite like an XXL men’s hoodie to keep you warm!

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The game was SO much fun. I know nothing about basketball, but I would definitely watch something like that again. There is so much entertainment as well as the game itself.

Wednesday was probably one of the best days of my life so far.

It was around -6, and we’d planned to go for a walk in Central Park. I suggested doing this another day, but Sam said how lovely it would be as the sun was shining. It was also our anniversary, so I thought it would be lovely and romantic. The thermal tops came out, the double socks and the extra gloves and scarves were layered on and we headed into the park. We wandered around a bit, and then Sam suggested going to Gapstow Bridge as it has a lovely view of the city.

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I took some photos and realised Sam wasn’t next to me. I turned around and he was down on one knee. Cue soppy crying (from me) and hugging and complete and utter shock on my part – obviously I said yes! It was absolutely perfect.

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We had tickets to Aladdin that evening, which was amazing. Such a good production; really funny and a brilliant cast.

Thursday was our last full day in the city. Sam went for a ridiculously long and cold run around the island in preparation for his marathon in April and I went to the Museum of Modern Art which I absolutely loved.

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We got lucky on the weather today – obviously it was still cold, but the sun was shining, and courtesy of my parents, we headed up to the Rockefeller Centre to watch the sunset.

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