So we are now home safe and sound! Sorry we weren't very good at keeping the blog up to date in the last few weeks! We seemed to be very busy and struggled to find the time. We got back on Wednesday evening and the three of us pretty much sprinted through Heathrow to get to the arrivals gate. We picked up our rucksacks (Debra, Claud and Heavy - yes, we named them) for the last time and ran through to meet our families.
All three of us all really enjoyed the last couple of weeks in America! After we left San Fransisco we flew to Charlotte, North Carolina where we met up with Cath's parents for 4 days. We managed to fit quite a lot in! We went to a theme park called Carowinds which was really good fun but unfortunately we picked a day that was unbelievably hot so we all struggled with the heat a bit. However, the plus side to this meant that nobody wanted to be in the heat so there were absolutely no queues for any of the rides! We also spent one day at a place called the Biltmore house which, a few hundred years ago, belonged to one of the wealthiest families in America. It was also the house that they filmed the film Richy Rich (exciting if you've seen the film!). Also within the four days we got to meet up with some of Cath's old friends and got a tour of where she used to live.
We then left Charlotte and flew to Toronto. We were all pleasantly surprised with how much we liked the city. We bought tickets for the hop on hop off city sight seeing bus which were valid for 7 days so we managed to fit in a fair amount of things. We went to the museum there which, at the time, was displaying the Terrocotta army exhibition. We got to see a small selection of some of the figures and other artifacts found from that time. It was really interesting and we were all really glad that we got the opportunity to see it. We also decided to go up the CN tower, which according to the Torontians is the worlds tallest building. Apparently by some technicality the building in Dubai doesn't count. Unfortunately there seemed to be a bug going around and Libs didn't feel very well so decided it would be best not to go up the tower. Pri and Cath went up, though, and after queing for quite some time, went up in the glass lift to the observation deck. The lift takes 58 seconds to go up and the observation deck was about 330 metres high. They also have a section where there is a glass floor and you can stand on it and see the ground hundreds of metres below you. Despite knowing that it is perfectly safe, our knees did go a tad wobbly!
After a good 6 days in Toronto we then got a 12 hour greyhound bus down to New York. The bus ride defintately wasn't a highlight of the trip! We were all extremely pleased when we saw the New York skyline come into view. Although pleased to have made it to New York, we didn't have the best start. We got to our hostel (which wasn't amazing) and at 1.30am we woke up to find we were sharing our room with a mouse. After turning the light on and off numerous times, jumping over beds and even getting the secruity guard in to have a look we eventually just had to grin and bear it and go to sleep. We woke up the next morning to find our food had been nibbled and so swiftly went to reception to change rooms! Luckily we didn't have the same problem again.
We managed to do all of the touristy things whilst we were in New York. We went up the Empire State building, got the Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty and we also went to the World Trade Centre site. On one day we went to the Guggenhiem museum and then went for a stroll around central park. It was really lovely and then to end the day we went to a restaurant called Serendipity. They do the most amazing desserts you have ever seen in your life! We started off by Cath and Libs sharing a frozen hot chocolate that never seemed to go down and Pri had a normal hot chocolate. We then ordered a slice of cheesecake each. After arriving at the table we decided that it may have been a good idea to share! We each got a huge slice of cheesecake covered in hot fudge sauce, a mountain of whipped cream and lots of strawberries. We all managed to eat about half and then stopped before we exploded! It was definatately worth it though!
On our last day we decided that we were going to have a picnic in Central Park and go to the zoo there. Unfortunately the weather did not permit as it was pretty much terrential rain all day. We got completely soaked and after sitting in the zoo cafe for quite some time we decided to go back to the hostel and dry off. However, as it was our last night we decided to go out for a nice meal, so we went to Micheal Jordans Steak house in Grand Central Station. It was an amazing last night but by the end of it we could barely move we were all so stuffed!
So we are home now and its quite strange being back! It'll take some time to get used to getting back into a rutine again! However, it's so nice to be back with all our friends and family and all of our home comforts. We have had an absolutely amazing time over the last 4 months and we both agree that there are so many places that we want to go back to! We hope you've enjoyed the blog! Thank you all for all of your messages!
Lots and Lots of love!!
Cath Libs and Pri