At the airport, getting ready to board the plane for New York
My lunch! Diet coke and pretzels. Hahaha!
More than half-way there…
Too excited to contain myself when we landed!
And I made it to the hotel in one piece!
My good friend Paula who met me at my hotel a couple hours after I arrived
We found the YAGP venue for that day!
And Paula took a picture of me descending the steps into the area where all the sponsors set up their tables with things for sale and gifts for participants
Dinner with Paula – so much fun!
They spelled my name wrong 😦
But I was happy regardless! And obsessed with my new YAGP sweatshirt! Love showing it off 😀
If I can’t eat it, I’ll take a picture of it!
New York is cool because they are so health-conscious and there are healthy options ANYWHERE you go! There are fruit vendors right on the streets, even.
A really cute cafe I liked. They had $5 hot chocolate! Crazy isn’t it? But they were special flavors. I can’t say how they were, though – even if the calories themselves weren’t enough to scare me off, the prices sure were!
They even sell fancy water in New York…
Fond memories of M&M World from the first time I visited NYC.
I hate Hershey’s, but I love their sign!
Times Square, baby!
STEPS on Broadway!!!
And the Fairway Market right underneath it!
They have everything there, really neat stuff you can’t find in other places!
About to take a Floor Barre class at STEPS
And after class, I had time to tend to my curiosity and explore the market underneath
I found the pickles from Israel that I like 😛
And chocolate from Israel…
And I was impressed at, yet again, the effort they seem to make to offer healthy food options for pretty much any situation.
I saw a girl selling local milk, so I HAD to take a picture because I had just done a project on the promoting of eating locally grown food at school!
I left empty-handed other than for a pack of gum from Israel, but it was so much fun to look at everything!
I walked almost everywhere (although the subway was surprisingly very easy to navigate), and while walking from class one day I came across a really neat little shop full of cool gadgets and stuff – among them, an entire series of Matryoshka items!! I wanted one so bad!
Look at that smile! I was really hungry after dancing and walking around New York the whole day. So I stopped at a cafe/deli to buy and apple and put my feet up for a bit.
It was yummy…
Sitting did get boring quickly, though – I had SO MUCH MORE to explore and do and dance in New York! So after trying to stay patient and let my feet rest by trying to entertain myself (hence the pictures!), and then miserably failing, I set foot once again to see all there was to see!
On the Subway
Still on the Subway!
Coffee break! Cool design.
When I took my hair out of my bun, I had what looked like horns on the top of my head left from the impression of how I did my bun that morning! It was hilarious, so naturally we had to take a picture (Paula took the picture, she hung out with me again)
Top of the Rock
Last picture together!
I wanted this tunic for a long time, it’s the Gaynor Minden one. Well, I went to their boutique, and because they stopped producing them, they were super on sale – so of course I got one!
And I like it 🙂
This is what all got me through the week! Plus another antiinflammatory ointment, not pictured. It is quite frustrating to deal with multiple injuries. But such is the life of a ballerina!
At the David H. Koch theater at Lincoln Center
In front of the YAGP posters!
While leaving the Lincoln Center and heading toward the Subway, I passed by a quaint little farmers market
And I got an amazing apple 😀 Yes, I do like apples (as is obvious from my pictures!)
P.S. Remember Fairview Market? I also found THESE there. I miss Israel 😛
And these! (Needless to say I didn’t get any of them, but just seeing them brought back fond memories and that feeling of ‘home’)
I stumbled upon the Grishko store one day without meaning to on my way home
MOMA and Me!
Strange church guy that made me think of Arthur Weasley!
I really love church architecture.
The door 🙂
I dance everywhere I go!
My mom came on Thursday for a meeting, and it happened to be her birthday as well! We saw a tire tree.
So I took her to a REALLY nice restaurant called ROuge Tomate – totally gourmet, and they also source all their food from locally-grown, organic farms. It was super fun, and my drink was super interesting. Something with cucumber and nana mint and rum. Definitely a combo I had never considered!
Happy birthday, Ima!
It was yummy AND FUN!!
I thought I looked pretty good while at Broadway Dance Center for a class with a Russian teacher (yay for Vaganova!)
Stretching before class
See what I mean about fruit carts on random street corners? It’s great!
Coolest. Jacket. EVER.
Like the pastries, if I can’t buy them, I’ll just take a picture of them 😉
I love New York. I love 5th Avenue.
RUSSIAN STUFF = ❤
I fell in love with this, but decided not to get it.
Abby and I at the Friday night gala!
I had the pleasure of meeting Aleksandra Efimova of Russian Pointe! She is the sweetest!
When I saw this in the newspaper, I worried about my friend Oda in Kiev, but I was relieved when she assured me it was far away from her.
Biggest mug of coffee EVER. Bigger than my face. Kind of intimidating, and potentially lethal if you consider the somewhat realistic possibility of actually drowning in it. Huh.
We went to see the Workd Trade Center / the 9/11 memorial
Shkafkafim at TopShop in SoHo!
Natalia Makharova Gala – AMAZING!
Me at the Makharova gala, in the new dress I got on a whim earlier that same day at TopShop in Soho! I pulled the outfit together from what I had and i looked awesome! And the Gala was an experience I will never forget.
Natalia Makharova herself! Addressing those of us who had the honor of being at the post-gala reception with a short but lovely speech, followed by the Russian tradition of breaking wine glasses on the floor!
Kondaurova and I after the gala. She was breathtaking, and the highlight of the night! Next to Makharova, of course.
Last morning in New York 😦
Sad that it’s the last morning, happy that the trip was all I expected and MORE, and still taking it all in!
Horses at Central Park
We spent our last morning there sitting in Central Park and enjoying the weather and the people-watching and just relaxing!
But eventually the time came to get all my stuff together and start the journey back home. Here I am waiting for my ride to the airport from my hotel!
There was a spaceship parked at the airport!
I felt so special to be in Sky Priority 😀
The airport terminal we were at was so cool, because they had iPads set up everywhere for public use!
And there was a nice little French ‘restaurant’/cafe where my mom and I stopped for a quick lunch.
I got a seat with so much leg-room! Lucky me 🙂
And finally, the trip came to an end with our arrival in Atlanta on Sunday early evening!