Well what a day it has been today.Â Just to say thank you for all the messages you have been leaving us, they are very much appreciated and we will try and write back to each and everyone of you if possible!Â
Well today was a later start than normal, we got moving around 9ish after saying goodbye to our new friends, Chris and TJ/Teej (you know when you get introduced and you don't hear their name, you don't ask for clarification and then by the time you have had dinner with them its way to awkward to ask what their name is......well thats us with Teej)Â We had decided the night before that we wanted to find a cheap broadway show as we are here and both like musical theatre so why not!Â After trying a discounted ticket place (discounts on the highest priced seats so they were still really expensive) we decided to walk round to the box offices of all the shows we might have wanted to see.Â Wicked (Price's choice) was sold out and Spelling Bee (A man on the corner of the street's choice) only had $50 dollar tickets left.Â Mama Mia was right out.Â Looking round a few more we finally found Company which is supposedly really good (all the characters play instruments as well, gives a certain level of intimacy to the play.........right) but it was quite cheap so we have tickets for the 8 o clock show tonight.Â
As we were on 47th street by now and i am doing halfÂ a politics degree we moved on down to the UN building which is probably one of the best tours we have been on.Â Did you know that the world budget on Militarisation is $780 billion whilst literay aid is a poultry $2 billion.Â I tried to get the tour guide to explain why the only country to have used a Nuke was able to police the other countries that wanted to have Nukes but she carefully dodged my question, diverting our attention to a Guitar that used to be an AK47.Â Had a look round the Security council chamber (Britain is one of the 5 permanent members) the Social and Economic Chamber (whose plan it is to cut the number of people livingÂ on under a $ a day to 500 million from 1 billionÂ by 2015 (they've done about 300 million)Â The general chamber was quite impressive but we weren't allowed to take pictures as there was a meeting in place (although they were all out for lunch......working hard to save the world)
After the UN we made our way back over to 5th avenue and walked up to Central park, finally finding FAO swarz, a very cool toy shop (they had got rid of the teddie outside, i mean come on?!)Â After seeing a man finish a rubix cube in just under a minute and a half and Price dancing on the massive floor piano, we had a walk round central park.Â This is eerie as even though NYC is still all around you, the sound is pretty much cut off by the trees.Â Finding our way over to Central Park Zoo we expected to see Lions and Zebras,Â Giraffes and Hippos all next to each other.Â We didn't.Â Madagascar was factually inaccurate.Â Ok take away the fact that they could talk and the penguins were mental, we did expect the film to have some decency in getting the layout right.Â After chilling with the penguins (what a line) we made our way back to our hostel (40 blocks it was, slightly knackered!?)Â Going to the theatre tonight (in about half an hour) and then the plan tomorrow is to try make our way uptown again to some Museums and such.Â Only a couple of days left but we have both agreed that the first two days in Hawaii are going to be on a beach, with no walking and no movement.Â Is going to be brilliant!
Not sure who'll be writing the next installment of the Blog so tune in to find out
p.s. The photos last night were a bit of a shambles as it decided to try and upload all of them very slowly (not the hand picked ones) Because of this i have overhauled the Photo Album and have started again.Â Hopefully you'll be able to see all the best photos as they upload (not the twenty million photos we took in central park, look at the penguins, look more penguins. You get the idea.....)