"I wanna be part of it, New York New York"
Well I tried to write an entry yesterday and when I hit enter, explorer screwed up and i lost it and then got chucked off the net! I won't be making that mistake again - i shall copy it before hitting enter just in case!
So, yesterday i started the sightseeing. There is a nice Korean girl in my dorm (from hereon in she will be referred to as KG, as i havent actually asked her name) and she was heading to Central Park too so we went together. Spent a couple of hours walking around there, saw Strawberry Fields etc etc. It's crazy, i mean, you know Central Park is big, but you don't quite realise how big until you get there! So anyway, KG asked if i had a metro card, and i said i was just planning to walk everywhere. she thought i was insane! but the way i see it, it saves money and you get to find your way around and see so many little things you'd otherwise miss if you just got the subway to the main attractions. so anyway, i walked down broadway to Times Square, and they have the most MASSIVE Toys R Us there. Naturally, I had to go in. It was like heaven, with a massive ferris wheel in the middle! They had a whole section devoted to Lego (Stu would have loved it) and so i took a picture of the lego Empire State Building and also of the entrance to the Jurassic Park section. After i entered the real world again, i carried on along Broadway, and to the real Empire State Building. Not really worth the money it costs to go up there, but at least i can say i've done it, so that's alright. although i am starting to learn that films don't always tell the truth - there's no way Sleepless in Seattle could have happened like that - you have to pay $20 to get up to the top, and it's all a maze of queues and airport security. you can't just jump in a lift and go! Anyway, that was my life lesson learnt for one day...! I then walked all the way up 5th Avenue in order to get back to the hostel, but meant i got to see things such as Saks, Gucci, Louis Vitton, Tiffanys, and for you Michalakis' out there...the American Girl place! Also saw the New York Public library, and the Guggenheim museum, although i'm not actually cultured enough to go in, so i just took a picture! Am hoping to put a few pics up tonight, as KG has a laptop and the hostel has free wi fi, so i might ask if i can borrow it for 10mins just to upload a few photos.
Today i woke up to a snowy New York, which looks pretty, but is a nightmare in reality when you have to go walking in it for 8hours. The snow itself has cleared up quite well over the day, but my feet and my trousers are still wet and it is very uncomfy! And today is the first day i am missing the comfort of a bath, as when i get back to the hostel i could really do with a nice hot bubble bath to relax in! Anyway, i went over to the Statue, tis pretty impressive, although absolutely freezing on the ferry! Naturally, i did get the subway down to the ferry though, rather than walk it, as it is miles away from where i am staying. The subway is so confusing though - worse than the tube! There are no signs anywhere, and no one to ask! Anyway, after the statue i went over to Ellis Island which is where all the immigrants used to come in to America and to be either accepted or rejected of the chance of a better life for their families. Then back to the mainland, which was near Wall Street so i wandered up there and took a picture of the big brass bull that stands there.
Today, i have felt like i am becoming a stereotypical american (only whilst i am here you understand). it started by having an Easy Mac macaroni cheese for dinner last night, and then breakfast this morning was a cream cheese bagel from a street cart, and lunch was a pretzel from another street cart. although that was disappointing. I wanted a pizza flavour one, and there wasn't any heated so the little man put one in the box to heat up, but was obivously inpatient and handed it to me and when i got it out to eat it was cold. so that was a let down!
Tomorrow is my last day in NY, as I am flying off to LA in the evening. I didn't think i had a lot to do tomorrow, but Stu has given me a list of film locations to try and scout out, so i've suddenly got plenty to do to keep me occupied until leaving for the airport! apparently, the shop that features in Big actually has the piano there, so it is my mission to have a go on it - even though they probably charge you! Then it is off to (hopefully) Sunny LA, as my feet could really do with warming up!
I tell you, NY itself is amazing, and has fantastic architecture and all that, it is just the people that let it down. Their customer service leaves much to be desired - i haven't had someone friendly serve me at one place since i've got here! I tell you, back in the old days at WHSmith we would not stand for service like this - maybe we should come and show them what's what!
Anyway, this entry is rather long now so i shall leave it here. With the travelling etc tomorrow it'll probably be another couple of days at least til i'm back, but keep writing me messages! As I said, will hope to get some pictures up tonight.
Take care y'all xxx