This time was different for me and I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps all the planning I did put a bit of a damper on the festivities. The last time I went to NYC and BEA was in 2010 and I was packed and ready almost a week before I was leaving. This time the only thing I had prepared and ready to go was my planner everything else (clothes, make up bag, camera etc) was literally packed the morning I was leaving. No word of a lie.
Thankfully we managed to get out the door on time and as soon as we got to the train station I grabbed a red cap and he took my bags for me as this is one less thing to lug down the stairs. Even though I had one suitcase it was kind of heavy because I put a smaller one inside the bigger one.
I found out the night before that Natalia from Dazzling Reads had decided to attend and was super excited when I found out that she was going to be on the same train as me. I found her when I got to the train station.
I am always amazed at how nice people can be (when you pay them of course) and the guy who brought my luggage down was no exception he got us pre-boarding so that meant we didn’t have to wait in line. Natalia and I decided to sit together on this trip and as the train was boarding I quickly commented on how nice it was that we got pre-boarding because the train was getting full.
It was nice to have a familiar face to talk to on the way to NYC and it made the trip that much more bearable and easier. I found the time flew by rather quickly.
Thankfully we arrived in NYC on time which was shocking because they always seem to be a little late due to the border (customs). I was happy to see a familiar face at Penn Station when I got in because Tina from Bookshipper had decided to meet me there. We spoke for a bit before leaving.
I then decided to hop in a cab to my hotel to meet up with my roomies for the week, Kate from Midnight Book Girl , Kim from On the Wings of Books and Kellie from Rea Write . I was super excited to finally meet them in person. Sadly I found out that Kellie was going to come in later the next day.
We stayed at the Hampton Inns Manhattan/Time’s Square South. I will have separate post about that later this week.
So all in all day one wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
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