So after 7 months I’m writing my last blog. I’m going to keep this one short as I’m sure most of you are tired of reading my blogs. It’s been an incredible adventure and we’ve seen some of the most amazing places in the world but nothing lasts forever and it’s time to come home. Our flight leaves tomorrow afternoon and we’ll be in London on Wednesday morning, which still doesn’t feel real.
Anyway, let me tell you about our last few days first. On Friday we took an overnight train from Miami to New York. We had our own private sleeper cabin which was quite small and we had 2 beds (like bunk beds) and even a toilet. As all of our meals were included so all we did for the entire time on the train was eat, sit and sleep! We had a great time though and the food was very nice and we even made friends with an old American woman who was going back to New York at dinner. Unfortunately that night we didn’t have a great night sleep even though we had proper beds. First of all we were both freezing as the air con was on all night and I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to sleep on a train, it’s like trying to sleep on a roller-coaster!!!
But, the next morning we got up and had breakfast and at around 11.30 in the morning arrived in New York’s Penn station. After getting a taxi to our hotel, we went straight out and booked ourselves on a city bus tour. I think that bus tours are a great way to see a city and also learn about its history and so we’ve done a few of these. I’m not going to spend too much time going on about what we’ve seen as I’m sure everyone has seen the highlights of New York.
We actually booked a 48 hour tour and so spent the first day exploring downtown and so saw all the usual touristy spots such as Wall Street, Ground Zero, China Town, Little Italy, Empire State Building, Chrysler building and the Brooklyn Bridge. Before going back to our hotel we stopped in China Town for some dinner and then walked back to our hotel which is on Park Avenue. Yesterday was the second day of our bus tour but before we did the uptown tour we took a short stroll to Grand Central station – overrated in my opinion – then caught the subway to Battery Park to get the Staton Island ferry to get a look at the Statue of Liberty. After our quick trip to Staton Island we got on our tour bus and did the uptown tour (Harlem, Central Park, Guggenheim, The Plaza Hotel etc). We stopped off in Times Square to have some dinner before walking back to our hotel. And so to our last day travelling, we spent the day walking around and went to Central Park to listen to some jazz and went to the Rockefeller Centre before going back to the hotel to get changed and head to Ruth’s Chris for dinner. Yep, the place with the best stake in the world! I would happily fly to New York just for Ruth’s Chris!!! We thought it would be fitting on our last night of travelling.
Overall I loved New York and it’s a wonderful city. I could easily come back again and again, but after all the places we’ve been to what I’ve realized is that there’s no place like London, it truly is the greatest city in the world! But New York was the perfect ending to our trip and we are both excited and sad about coming home. So that’s it from me and my last blog, I can’t believe how fast it’s all gone.
I guess all there is to say is that I’ll see you all really soon.
Bye for now.