We started the day off with fruit from a little street cart. Worst watermelon I’ve ever had haha. But the mango was pretty. And pretty spicy. We stopped by Jamba Juice and ate it at Bryant Park. The coolest park near Times Square with the prettiest and tallest trees. We also popped into the NY Library. It was like Hogwarts inside, I kid you not. I need that library in my life.
That afternoon we had tickets for Jimmy Fallon’s monologue rehearsal! Eeee! Not wanting to be late, we headed to the Rockefeller building hoping to get in line. Except the kept sending people away until RIGHT at the time the tickets said. So we took several laps around the building. We also saw one of the writers doing a segment right outside the building. We tried so hard to get in that video haha. We kept walking back and forth in front of the camera, and even just stood right behind where they were filming. But watching the clip, we are no where to be found. Boo! Finally, they started letting people in for the show. We were led up these huge stairs into a red carpeted lobby. From the point on, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures. After a little waiting, and some instructions from the writers, we all piled into elevators, up to the 6th floor. There was another writer with more instructions, blah blah blah. Just give us Jimmy already!! FINALLY, we filed into the studio. It was SO tiny! And SO cold. And as we walked in, there was Jimmy just casually sitting at his desk with some of the other writers. I may or may not have teared up #noshame. I kept turning to Juan, “Ah!!! That’s Jimmy! Do you see him?! It’s Jimmy!” It was nuts. He came over and said hi to the audience and then went through his jokes for the show that night and rehearsed a few bits with the Roots. It was so stinkin’ cool! Freaking Jimmy, what a nice guy! It was definitely an unforgettable experience.
After Jimmy, we headed back over to the temple where Juan was trying to meet up with some elders from his mission. We hung out in the chapel there and ate lunch and talked to the security guards Juan had been friends with. We spent the rest of the day in the gorgeous Central Park. The weather was incredible. I wish we could have stayed all day! We both voted to take the little boats out on the late. I can now check that off my bucket list! Definitely one of my favorite moments. We finished our exploring for the day, and headed up to mutual of the family we were staying with. Juan played basketball with all the little young men and I showed our wedding pictures to young women who were cracking me up with their oo’s and ahh’s. Then, since we were starving, Bro. Salinas was nice enough to take us out to City Island to get some grub.