While Ken doesn’t necessarily tout the fact that he is a born and bred New Yorker (far from it), he does take pride in his ability to successfully navigate the city and its surroundings. Tourist traps and ripoffs? He identifies and avoids them. Local roads, highways, short cuts, and parking spots? He knows them (and will be happy to tell you about it). Hidden gems off the beaten track? He loves them. So it is somewhat ironic that we decided to celebrate Cruz’s third birthday by taking the family on the symbol of all things tourist: the New York City sightseeing Double Decker Bus.
Cruz loves all things transportation. And we love Cruz. So we decided to bite our lips and make his dreams come true.
And, this is where the trip got interesting. After going 6 blocks, our bus pulled over on 41st and 7th, where we waited for another 20 minutes. Finally, someone told us we all had to get off of the bus because the audio system wasn’t working. The tour guide told us an empty bus would be coming to pick us up. When that didn’t happen after 20 minutes, we decided to call it a day. For those of you scoring at home, that was a total of about 1:20 of total time, 6 blocks of travel, and $122. (And yes, we are trying to get our money back).
Tourists: if you are coming to New York, there are DEFINITELY better ways to see the city. Cruz will always have the thrill of getting on a double decker bus (and he was all in all kind of OK with how things turned out). But the whole experience definitely left a lot to be desired.
Happy birthday, Cruzzie! There is nothing we would not do for you.