Ahh the inter-session, the reason why we take it all during the week. And whether we have plans or not they are worth the wait.
Since we have bonded well in Caypinar (the better girls dorm) but spent so much time together through the hard times of getting hit, sworn at, reciving death threats, getting hit, possesions being pinched and cleaning dirty bums, we decided to go out to the pub and then do different things the following day. So off we went for a two and a half mile walk to a bar that had been recommended, it should have taken maybe about half and hour (we were that desperate we practically ran). In reality it took nearly 2 hours and several different people giving varyingdirections to get there. A great night that ended well - for most people. One got paraletic and had to be physically removed from the lips of a girl who ended the night in an ambulance being violently sick. Yeah, she went home to australia the next day. I finally got the chance and mustered the effort to do some washing. 2 happy hours in the laundery barn with Ella, Blair and Theo. Music, smalls, riding washing machines and numerous innuendoes that I don't think everyone understood. And then, the most amazing news that anyone on camp could be told: CAYPINAR WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL KIDS THIS WEEK!! Me and Julie were silent and then screamed and danced and hugged Jazz and then went on to say how much we deserved it and, most importantly, how much sleep we would be able to get!! We told Louise and she told us where to go, then the proccess of excitement started again. But shh!, it's a secret. It has never been so hard to not smile at people.
Up at 7am Monday to catch the 7.30am train from Speunk to Jamaica then from there to Penn Station, New York City. The group started as 10: Me, Ciara, Julie, lil' Dan, Jim, Sean, Jerry, Jordi, Tomazk and Cedric. Within 20 minutes there were 6. For some bizzar )and unknown by some)reason, people who don't think eating is part of the day or who want to see the city from a museum window or who push me infront of moving cars are not wanted in a group who 1/want to see whats there or 2/stay alive!
And then there were 6. First stop breakfast. Then getting more useless directions to the Rockefella building. $20 and no queue plus the best view of New York - why bother with the Empire State building?! After buying your tickets, the lift took you to an information room with the history and relevance of the building. There was also an opportunity for a photo spoof of the famous "builders having luch on the scaffolding" picture. We, as tourists, took this up of course. The photo was brilliant as some got pushed off with out expecting it - a natural pose I feel.
Then there was the lift, the most amazing lift I have ever been in. Blue lights lit up the lift shaft and there was a light disply on the ceiling. My ears popped as we went up so fast. I thought the view from the window was good but another two floors up and it was stunning. Don't think I'll bother with any other tall buildings now, there can't be anything better surely.
Next a spot of window shopping. I say window because we didn't buy everything we wanted to but a little money was spent. The main, big shops were the M&M store where after an hour I felt a little colour sick. The MTV store and Bubba Gump Shrimps. But the real highlight was dinner. I know that that sounds really stupid but if you have been to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square then you will understand the excitment. The shop was cool but we were hungry. Stomachs and all boys were soon forgotten as amazing things came along around every corner.
Our waiter was Chris fromTexas and he loves the UK accents - which was good for us, anything we wanted he delivered. The food was amazing (apart from the chicken which burned the lips, man!) and whatever the picture may look like or whatever Ciara and Julie may say, I did NOT eat all the pudding! A few more shops after and then the funniest train journeys I have ever been on. Tears were wiped away and seats left slightly damp as we got off the train at Mastic-Shirley and headed for bed. One of, if not the, best day of my life.
Next day, woke up at midday and went to town to CVS (supermarket/pharmacy/cheap rubbish) and had a chinese buffet - totally worth the $7. Got a taxi home though as it lashed down once again in Centre Moriches. Cue another thunderstorm. The new is broken to everyone that Caypinar will be closed, some aren't happy but tough, their turn will come. Time to bring in the boys. They can't be worse surely?!