My seven year old daughter declared about a year ago that her favorite place in the world is New York. No idea where that came from. This same daughter last week asked me one morning if I would see my boss, Jim, at work that day. I said I expected to. She said "ask him if there is any chicken in the fridge". I have no clue where that came from and when I asked her why, she said "because if there is, you should bring some home." There is no frame of reference in our lives that explains that little conversation, any more than her declaring New York her favorite place. We've never traveled East, we have no connections to New York, and I think she maybe just saw the Statue of Liberty on TV, asked where it was, and then decided New York was the be all and end all of the world. In any event, it is high on my list of travel priorities to take her to New York in the coming years.
My friend JT chose the same topic today (read it here), and mentioned how she waited to go to NYC until she had a seasoned New York visitor to show her around. I feel much the same. I know there are things I'd want to see, but I suspect there are about a gadjillion things I'd love to see but have no idea they even exist. So travel gods, please send me that New York tour guide soon! I love musicals and would kill to see a show on Broadway. I would love to see Lady Liberty and Central Park and Ground Zero, which I understand has the new Trade Center up to 100 stories already! I don't think I can even comprehend the scope of New York. An old elementary school friend lives out on Long Island and he has tried to describe the boroughs and such to me, and when he did that, I pulled out maps and pored over them, trying to grasp all the cities within the city. And I'd love to go out to the ocean side of things and upstate New York too - I remember the Lake Placid Olympics very well and that part of the state is gorgeous.