Thursday, September 27, 2012

Will.I.Am says I'm Dope, Cocktails on a Clipper and the Dopest week ever in NYC

This week has been an amazing time in NYC. Landed from Mexico City and headed straight to Pier 17 for a distillery tasting on a vintage clipper ship. Gilt City sure knows how to please em'. Brooklyn shined as always and the folks at Clipper City featured spirits from local distillers Brooklyn Gin, Industry City, and King's County Distillery. My fave was the gin, it had a herby/fruity flavor that was the perfect end to the summer. Each spirit was paired with a dessert and also was made into a cocktail...note the statue of liberty photo through our eyes below.

Try keeping your skirt down in these winds!

The  history of really - this guy was the Prohibition oracle

Lower Manhattan

Friday morning, the bf took advantage of another online deal, this time from the good people at Living Social. Quick stop at the local street eatery for some morning sustenance and we were on our way to Hunter Mountain, a 2 hour drive from NYC. I must say, Living Social makes some good hires, Carly, Monica, and Alex had more personality in their pinky toes than some people do in their entire bodies. Appropriately we watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off as we headed up the Thruway. I highly recommend ziplining!!! The staff at New York Zipline Adventures were funny but also super comforting. Puma aka Dan, and Frank aka PhotoBomb did their best to make sure we were safe and had a good time. I sweated a small soft drink before the first line, but after that, human animal sounds (cows and Tarzan :/)  and comforting hugs from my bf held me down. On the last run, I even let go and laid backwards in mid air...look ma, no hands!
Getting ready for my first run!

Frank "Photo Bomb" - Our trusty guide lol

After two days of revelrie it was time to get down to business. Clinton Global Initiative proved to be everything I needed it to be and more. The sheer energy in the lobby was unbeleivable. To get so many decision makers under one roof is a testament to Clinton's legacy. My crowning moment was definitely meeting Will.I.Am. Some of you might remember me writing about how Will.I.Am recorded "Mona Lisa Smile" at the Lourve in June. I was amazed at how he did it and the fact that I learned of this on my flight home from my inaugural Paris voyage. I was already a huge BEP fan, but my love for him increased infinitely after hearing his story. Low and behold three months later I meet him at CGI. His "people" were not having it, and I had to patiently wait to try and say a few words but I had to share that thing you know we're speaking in Spanish talking about Afripolitans and some more stuff. That was clearly a "life" moment.

As a New Yorker who's lived away from home for so long, I forgot how much magic happens in the place that birthed me. It might be just the right time to go back.

Signing off from Hong Kong.



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