We said our goodbyes to my mom, dad and Yoshi. I may or may not have shed a tear or two while saying goodbye to Yoshi. We left my parent's house at 9 and arrived in Brooklyn at 10 thanks to a layover and having to give the cabbie directions.
We arrived at Cousin Collin & Jordan's lovely apartment and immediately went to dinner at Pork Slope, followed by creative cocktails at Blue Print. Collin ordered a drink that was named after him. Even though the rest of us had to order drinks that had names other than our own, we were all very pleased with our beverages.
After catching up and walking home we got ready for bed. Which is when Jerrad and I discovered that a shampoo grenade exploded in our suitcase. It's so much fun cleaning never ending suds. At least everything is extra clean now.
The day ended with falling asleep in my extremely awesome Lightning McQueen blow up bed. Jerrad tried to claim it, but it was made for me.
Day 2, Brooklyn; Bagels and Pizza
We woke up tired but excited. I got to cross off "eat NY bagels" from my to-do list. Delicious. I also got to cross off seeing the empire state building and the Statue of Liberty, without leaving the apartment. Then we wandered around Brooklyn to check out Smorgasburg, do some shopping (I finally picked up Bossypants, which I will read on the way to Amsterdam) and we ate at the original Grimaldi's.
After resting up/cooling off (did you guys know New York is hot & humid?) we had a picnic in Prospect Park, which is right across the street from the apartment. We saw tons of fireflies and lightning. I was really tempted to put said fireflies in a jar and send them to my mom as a gift. But then she would've been confused when she received a box of dead bugs.
We ended the night with eating froyo on a stoop.