NEW YORK City…nothing quite like it.

Getting there was  an experience in itself.  Wednesday morning I taught TMC, waited for Bruce to be home and off to the airport with a little over an hour to spare for our 1:45pm direct flight to NYC.  We arrive only to discover that our flight was cancelled no notice just cancelled….and we are booked for the 7pm WHAT!!!  After lengthily discussion and technical difficulties, we did standby flight to TO and then again to NY arriving just before 7  without Bruce’s luggage…I did carry on only thanks god(our fingers crossed and better than it could have been).  As some of you know, Bruce decided to make it a family experience so we rented an apartment for 4 nights…and the boys were joining us Thursday night.  Well our trips always focus on food we had some great dinners…the first evening we did Tapas at a couple places…yep

Morning came quick got up, took the subway to downtown, went to the wrong hotel for my course (info was not clear…arghh!) Sarina Jain (creator of Masala Bhangra) did the same as did a few others…so I didn’t feel too bad.  Class got started…OMG  this program is incredible only 11 of us with Sarina for the two full days of training, sweating and after the first day dinner at a fabulous Indian restaurant, Spice Symphony.   It is a Chinese Indian fusion restaurant, you should check it out sometime if your in New York… Spicy noodles dish and loved the paneer

I started the two days, full of tons of energy and excitement (if you were in my class the day before and day I left…the energy runneth over…lol)…but I can say I have never been so physically and emotionally drained from a certification process.  Unlike any other training…the intensity, the attention to detail, and just the whole learning process…really allowed you to get a better understanding of the movements & the teaching method. Sarina only accepts up to 20 individuals in the training which allows her to focus on the individual weaknesses & needs of her ambassadors   yep I am now an MBA (Masala Bhangra Ambassador).  I look forward to introducing you to Masala Bhangra, an incredible dance fitness program that fuzes the power and energy of the folk dance, Bhangra  with the passion and excitement of Bollywood  and plan to offer classes in the New Year!

New York was busy…enough traffic, people and so many honking horns…this was my feel on Wed till the end of my training on Friday.  And then O!!!M!!!G!!! We weren’t aware that this was a US holiday as well and when I thought it was busy and crowded the first couple days…that was nothing.  The downtown area was quicker to walk cause traffic wasn’t moving.  One night we took a night bus tour that normally is under 2 hours and after 3 hours we got off and started to walk.  The wait time for restaurants was often 1:30-2hrs….I don’t think so…so we definitely didn’t do some of the stuff we had planned….and we’ll have to go back…Bruce is thinking for Masala Bhangra celebration in Central Park with 5000 of your closest friends … shout it out now Balle Balle! (video I sent you last week).  We did see the singing cowboy…I think that when your boobs hang  lower than your waist…it may be time to cover them up, visited the MandM store (you could smell the sugar from the street) they were doing the Cupid shuffle. Brad was embarrassed when I started doing it and sternly requested I stop.  We were on JAy-Z’s 40/40 club guest list for 2 nights but with traffic we never made it there.  We had dinner one night at a greasy huge BBQ place it was midnight and we had yet to have dinner (my boys were ready to start eating each other).  There was more Boys that looked like girls and Girls that were boys making it very entertaining people watching…watching the managers/wait staff is exactly what I imagine in true NYC style…I can’t say I was ever at a restaurant that had doormen/bouncers (these guys were huge).

Ground Zero was an emotional experience…but the wait lines and security check was out of this world…comparable to the airport yep had to even take off our shoes. The reflective pools were captivating as well we sought out the Survival tree. More than 400 trees are planted, surrounding the Memorial’s two massive reflecting pools.  They have created an incredible peaceful atmosphere that is so unlike what one would expect in New York city.

Strolled Chinatown, stopped by an Indian gathering watch some dancers, shopped and the boys ate lots of street food. Good trip but also so glad to be home

Giselle Bergeron-Raganold



~ by ellefitness on October 10, 2012.

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