I failed to properly introduce the travelers yesterday.The accessorizer: I packed a tiny carry-on suitcase only half-full. I wore the same pants and boots and blazer, just changed things up with just a fresh top [yes, undies, too!] and accessories. I was happily mistaken as a native as lost wanderers repeatedly asked me for directions. I gave them wrong directions. No, I didn't.
The monochromatic man: had a wallet full of $2 bills for tips. Watched his wife try on hats, shoes, and helped pick out buttons and negotiated on my fabric purchases with the sales people. Is that the perfect anniversary gift, or what.
Mr. T: Jacob, my younger brother by 18 months. My mom says we always got along swimmingly as kids. Happy to say nothing has changed. He entertained us each day with his clever t-shirts and his iphone full of cool apps to find the closest subway and keep our boredom at bay with yahtzee during intermissions and culinary courses. And so self-sufficient. Perfect traveling companion.
Mr. Clean: Carried his wife's bags post purchases and wasn't afraid to get in trouble by the museum security guards, or tell the guy on the street selling signs that his prices were significantly higher than another's. Pretty much, he tells you like it is.
The ultimate navigator: We'd look to her on the crowded subways to tell us when to get on and off. She'd peer at her map and give us the straight shot to our desired location every single time. If she left us alone we would sometimes take the same line up and down and up and down until we would get off and walk. You want to know where to go in NY? Ask these two.
The Irish buddies: not really from Ireland and not really part of our traveling group, but were kind enough to pose for an eager Floridian who doesn't see such sights in her neck of the ocean.
tiny store on the 2nd(?) floor of a rather nondescript building: like a geode. The most fantastic yarns and threads in these sweet little bundled morsels.
And then there was Fishs Eddy. Ahh. People talk about eye candy. You don't know what eye candy is until you've been here.
Guess what. I have more. Do you need a break?