New York storytime #4 – My first time

I really hope that some of you are thinking that I got to meet an amazing man in New York and we had a great night… Unfortunately that didn’t happen… I did meet a really handsome man though.. Well, “meet” isn’t exactly the right word. I saw him in the subway and took a sneaky picture of him because I didn’t dare to go up to him and he wouldn’t see me ever again so.. I also will never post that picture online or do anything crazy with it… It’s just a fun memory. So I’m sorry to disappoint, we will never be a cute internet story about a girl who saw a boy in the subway, took a picture of him and spread it on the internet like nutella (if you get that reference, I love you) and then he connected with her and they saw each other and lived happily ever after…

Anyway, to get to the point of the story. A trip to New York wouldn’t be a trip to New York if we didn’t see a Broadway musical. Especially being me, a musicalgeek who is out to becoming a professional musicalstar without being able to sing properly. It almost didn’t happen. My company really wanted to see “The Lion King” on Broadway, but those tickets were 190 euros per individual (for the worst seats, may I add). I love the king of lion’s and I love broadway, but ain’t nobody got money for that! So I had heard about this TKTS booth thing and we were planning on checking out those schedules and try to see a show on discount (yes, I’m cheap). It was a hard decision and we never really got to decide which one we really wanted to see. My company is more of the “known” broadway musicals and the only ones on there in that category were “Phantom of The Opera” and “Cats”. I had seen “Cats” in the West End travelling version in Belgium & my company didn’t know “Phantom”, so that wasn’t going to happen…

When we arrived in New York I noticed a few flyers and advertisements for “Waitress”. I don’t know why, but for some reason I felt attracted to it (probably because of the beautiful colors or something). I had never heard of it before, but saw the songs were by Sara Bareilles and that got me even more intrigued.

So our last day we REALLY wanted to see a show, so we went to the TKTS booth (again) and “Waitress” was 50% off, so we decided on that and BOY WAS THAT THE BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE!
The venue was beautiful and smelled like freshly baked pies. PIES. We were so excited and the show didn’t disappoint at all! We had amazing seats for only around 86 dollars per individual (!!!!). I fell in love with everything about it: the venue, the actors, the music, the decor, the jokes,… It was PERFECT.
And the cast… The cast.. Oh lord…. I had the pleasure to see Caitlin Houlahan in her broadway debut and fell in love with her from the first note she sang. She was amazing and I related to her character “Dawn” in so many ways! (like probably most of world population, but still).

Afterwards we decided on waiting at the stagedoors, because I’ve seen alot of actors actually show up at stagedoors to meet fans and that’s something we absolutely DON’T know in Belgium. I got to meet 4 actors of the maincast and the adorable Cate! They were all superfriendly! When you see Belgian musical actors, they are stuck up pretty easily, the same for regular actors in my country. So to see such amazing actors, so talented, so down to earth, was breathtaking! I made sure to say something to every single one of them and try to be original and I had a little conversation with little Cate’s mom as well.

Dakin Matthews
Me: Hi! You were amazing!
Dakin: Oh, thank you!
Me: Could I get a quick selfie as well?
Dakin: Yeah, sure!

Jeremy Morse 
Me: Hi! Your timing was incredible!
Jeremy: Thank you so much!
Me: Can I get a quick picture?
Jeremy: Of course!

Caitlin Houlahan 
Me: Hi!
Caitlin: Hi!
Me: So, this was your broadway debut, wasn’t it?
Caitlin: Yeah! Yes it is!
Me: Oh my god, you were so amazing! It was incredible!
Caitlin: Oh, thank you so much!!
Me: Could I get a picture with you?
Caitlin: Sure!
Me: Thank you so much!

Betsy Wolfe
Me: Hi! You were amazing! I had to say hi for my friend ____, she couldn’t be here today…
Betsy: Oh, too bad! Make sure to tell her I said hi, okay?
Me: I will! Thank you! Can we take a picture?
Betsy: Sure! Oh, is it a video?
Me: Oh no, it’s just a picture..
Betsy: Great, thank you! & say hi to your friend!
Me: Thank you so much!

Cate Elefante 
Me: Oh she’s so cute, is this her first broadway show?
Her mom: Yes it is!
Me: Is it hard to keep her grounded (little laughter)
Her mom: (laughs as well) Well, she doesn’t really understand.. I mean, she knows it’s amazing and it’s a huge thing, but she doesn’t understand how big this is yet, so that helps…
Me: Hi, you were incredible! Do you like doing this?
Cate: Yes, thank you!
Me: Thank you!!
Cate: You’re welcome!

So after all of that I was so starstruck and just so amazed by how grounded they all were, I had a glowing smile on my face for the rest of the night and had the best sleep!
Thank you to the Waitress cast & crew for making my FIRST Broadway experience unforgettable!


PS: here are some pictures of the amazing experience! 🙂

New York storytime #3 – Friends

I'm one of those people who didn't have a great highschool experience when thinking about "being popular" or "having friends". To get over that, I mostly read books and wandered around on the internet. Wanderlust in my own style, you may say ;).
I was pretty quick with catching on to social media and was early with having a facebook, twitter, tumblr and youtube account. Soon I noticed that I wasn't alone, although it looked like that in my real life. I met amazing people during all those years. Some of them I still talk to, with some of them I unfortunately lost contact with because life came in the way,…

Most of my internetfriends (I actually call people "friends" pretty quickly, so if we ever talked to eachother, you're my friend, whether you like it or not, hah!) are from the USA. The USA was always a dream for me. I want to work there, I want to live there, and now that I've seen how amazing people are in real life that feeling only became stronger.

This vacation I was lucky enough to meet some twitter friends and make new friends along the way. I've met so many amazing people and I hope we'll never lose contact. (I'm also super afraid no one likes me, since I'm kinda awkward and I always want people to like me but I don't know if I'm "likeable" enough…).
I feel so lucky to have met these people in real life and see that they are 100% like their internet persona's. There are so many people I still have to meet (and I'm really hoping I will some day, because these people have helped me through crazy times, without knowing it).

This blogpost is super random and all over the place, but I just needed to mention them somewhere (even though I didn't literally mention them by name, they know who they are).
For the new people I've met: I hope I didn't came across too awkward and you'll be willing to meet me again.
For the people I still need to meet: It WILL happen, probably at random, just like New York.
For the people I've known for a longer time online: You all are exactly like I know you online and I feel blessed to have met you and spent time with you.


New York storytime #2 – The girl working at Top of the Rock

The last day of our trip, we decided on visiting the Rockefeller center and observatory, enjoying the amazing view and beautiful city for one last time. In these touristy buildings, workers are always super nice and are trying to give you the best time they can by smiling, being friendly,… They never let you go without a "goodbye" or a "how are you doing today?" & they seem genuinely happy that you visited.

After our last views and teary eyes, we started to wait in line for the elevator to the exit of the building. In the distance we heard a girl singing, but didn't really think much of it. As we came closer, there were two people working at the elevators. A boy and a girl, both having the best times while working their jobs. The girl was entertaining visitors by making jokes, singing,… I've never seen someone so excited during their job. At one point she asked some people in front of the line where they were from. They answered: "Tennessee". Without hesitation she replied: "oh, you're from Tennessee? Because you're a ten, I see!", the other boy immediately started laughing and shouted: "you DID NOT just make that joke!". They were both working so good together and giving us the best goodbye experience.
I'm sure all of this doesn't really make sense while reading, so I have a video of the girl singing to make sure everyone was in the right line & I even asked for a quick selfie (I look horrible, but it's the memory, okay?!).
If anyone knows this girl, just make sure she knows that she's awesome and she made my day!


New York storytime #1 – The social worker

During my vacation in New York, it became very clear how amazingly friendly US citizens are. Whether they were visiting the city themselves or they were locals, not a single conversation was too much to ask. I will cherish this kindness forever and never forget the tons of amazing random conversations I had on the streets. This is one of them.

While in New York, me and my company wanted to try as much "local" food as we could. I've always heard about the amazing New York pizza's and I don't think I would have forgiven myself if I didn't try a slice. There are many, many pizza places that advertise big and promise the "Best pizza you've ever eaten", but I don't trust easily, so we decided on asking some locals.

Being in such a big city with so many tourists walking around, it's hard to figure out who is a local, but we would mostly just go up to people and 9/10 times, they were locals.
This time we went towards two black women, I guess mid 40s (their age nor their ethnicity has nothing to do with the core of this story, but I want to remember them as vividly as I possibly can). I didn't ask their names and I've been hating myself for not asking them ever since we walked away from them, so if you remember this, I love you both and will remember you forever!

This is how our conversation went:
Me: "Hi! I'm sorry, could we ask you a question?"
Woman #1: "Sure thing! Go on!"
Me: "So, we were wondering if you could recommend any good pizza places around here?"
Woman #1: "Oh My God! I wish I could go with you right now! *licks fingers, starts fangirling about two amazing pizza places*
Woman #2: "I'm so happy this was an easy question, I was scared you were going to ask the hard stuff.. I'm a social worker, I'm used to this though…"
Me: "Really??? Me too! In Belgium though!"
Woman #2: "Oh my lord! Bless you child! *gives me the tightest hug I've ever gotten*, take care of yourself! I'll be thinking about you, bless you!"
Me: *almost in tears* "omg, thank you so so much!"
Woman #1: *makes sure I remember the directions* Enjoy yourselves, okay? Bless you!"
Me: "Thank you! Thank you so so much!!"

While talking about this to my company, he said the 2nd woman held his shoulder and said "Take great care of her!", before we walked away. I still get emotional while thinking about this. Getting such a love-filled hug, by a woman I've never met before was such a powerful thing to happen! I wish things like this could happen to everyone around the world on a daily base!



Hello everyone

This blog is inspired by my latest (and first) vacation. When I came back I had so many amazing stories in my head & I wanted to have a place to put them on and be able to come back to whenever I wanted to. There will be stories of me travelling or just random thoughts during life.. This is pretty much a blog I make to enjoy myself and friends or family who'd like to know about my adventures. If anyone else likes these, don't hesitate to give some feedback 🙂