What am I so excited about, you ask? What did I get?
I got my very own Big Apple Greeter. I had heard about this wonderful program where you can sign up to request a BAG.
What? You have never heard of them.
Well, it is a wonderful group of people who live in New York and volunteer to take visitors around to their favorite spots. They meet up with you and will spend up to 6hours showing you around all the places the locals know about.
They will take you anywhere you want to go. Show you how to take the subways, let you know the best places to eat and take you to places most tourist don't know about.
You have to request one months in advance and even then they don't guarantee you will have someone.
They do this all for free. No charge at all. You can't even tip your greeter. You can pay for their meal, if you have one. You can also donate to the Big Apple Greeter program. But, you don't have to if you don't want to.
I feel so blessed and honored to know that some stranger is willing to take time out of his day to show me around and make me feel welcomed.
I already called my greeter. His name is Martin and he is so nice. We will be meeting up at 10:30am this coming Monday. He told me to be ready to walk a lot.
Of course, that thrilled me. It fits right in with my plans to walk a lot and lose weight on this trip.
I can't wait! In just a few days I'll be in NEW YORK!