Where do I start? I left home on Tuesday and flew into New York. I always love going to New York but this trip it felt weird being there without Tom. We always have such a blast when we go because we do Broadway shows and great restaurants, this trip not so much.
When I arrived at the Waldorf Astoria there was a mix up with rooms so although I got there early, I didn't get into my room until late. I went out and had dinner with some bloggers and then came back, Plus, we had to bunk with 3 other bloggers so it was a little weird. I am not into bunking with anyone but my husband or family but I lucked out big time because I had the best roomies ever.
The next day started out with the Blogger Retreat. We had breakfast and then we all introduced ourselves and there were a lot of the same ladies who came to Washington last year and a lot of newbie bloggers, which was nice. We also had a few sessions and lunch before we headed out to the United Nations.
We actually visited the Ford Foundation first and had a few of the U.N. staff talk to us about the projects going on. They do amazing work. The U.N. was also amazing and I will cover that in another post with lots of pictures. I have always wanted to go tot he U.N. and I finally got the opportunity. I am grateful for that. It's just so damn cool.
After the U.N., we headed back to the hotel. I decided to try and get some alone time because that's how I roll and decided to do dinner by myself. One of my roommates decided to hang out so I invited her out to dinner with me. Luckily, Ana is from New York so she took me to Times Square and we had dinner at a burger joint called The Counter. It was fantastic! I can't get a good burger here in Sylva so when I can have a good burger and fries, I am all over that.
I was also glad that Ana took me to Times Square because although I have been there before, it is always exciting and awesome to be in the middle of all that chaos!
The next day, we had a few sessions in the morning and then we headed out to the U.S. Open on the train. That was a weird adventure because we thought we were going to do some community service with Big Brothers, Big Sisters but, in the end, the kids bus broke down and no one showed up. So we all left.
On the way back, we stopped at a deli and I was able to get a Pastrami sandwich. Not a great one but at least it was Pastrami. Pastrami is another thing I do not get here at home. Yep, that's how our food situation is here in Sylva.
That night I worked registration for the Latism conference and then did a little of the party but I was tired and headed back to my room early to decompress and have alone time. I need alone time. That's just me.
That was the end of the Bloguera Retreat. It was short and sweet. It was great to see old friends and make new ones. Plus, they had some good speakers and the U.N. was definitely a highlight.
The next few days were about the LATISM conference itself and I will continue my story in another post.
Disclosure: as a Top Latina Bloguera, Latism paid for my travel and accommodation. No other compensation was given.