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  • Monica Dreger
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A Tourist in Our Own City

East coasters love the Fall! The beautiful colored leaves, scarves and adorable booties, and a perfect excuse for doubling your latte runs! It's also the perfect weather to roam the streets, go window shopping and generally browse all the wonders of our beautiful city: New York City. Since we don't know how long we will be living here (we are gypsy expats) we try to take advantage of the City every chance we get.

After years of living here, I sometimes take things, places and opportunities for granted.  When our friends from London came to visit, we hesitantly realized that we have never been to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty. We look at it from afar once a week..but never actually climbed those stairs. In our minds, we "had time" to do that. That is, until we won't....

So I decided that this Fall we would live New York City like a tourist. Every Sunday we have an itinerary and see some sights, take tourist pictures (naked Cowboy was a hit!!) and eat at all the places that we were "too cool" to do because we lived here. I can't tell you the fun that we have had so far!!

Remarkably enough, even though I thought I knew the City like the back of my palm, what helped me the most was a little guide named "kidsGo! New York" The nice people there had sent a copy months ago but because we weren't living as tourists I felt that I didn't need it. Until I did. And then boy was I thankful! 

It's different (and why I needed it) because it is from the perspective of the child. Not all things and places that I like - I know those - but things that my kids would find cool and inspiring. 

This little handbook is about 60 pages of useful information - short enough so you don't get overwhelmed yet packed with cool info, helpful tips and tons of options. My favorite part is that it is divided in terms of needs and not just a list of random places. So, when it was a cold and miserable day last Sunday, instead of having to go through hundreds of listings for ideas, I just browsed the "It's Raining, It's Pouring" section (we ended up visiting Animazing Gallery and young and old loved it!).
So whether you are a  true tourist or a wanna-be tourist like us, check out their site for a city that would interest you. Worth it!
You can also purchase these fantastic NYC scenes on the Tania Willis NYC Map print, available here.
  • Monica Dreger
  • cultural parentingNew Yorkraising global citizensraising global kidsraising kids abroadraising world citizenstraveltravel with kidsvacation

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