Hey guys, well after a LONG flight during which I snoozed a little (by the way, BA is SO much better to fly with than Delta!!) and Matt took lots of pictures out of the window (I let him sit there, aren't I kind??) we got to NYC. Just seeing the yellow cabs was SO fun!! We got a taxi to the hotel, dumped our bags and went wandering around a little, getting a feel for the City and how it worked (a grid system can be complicated y'know!). We also got accosted by Scientologists and somewhat baffled them when we argued back against a little film they showed us, it was sooo funny. I was in love with the city from the beginning, it's so big, bustling and somewhat unreal, now I know why Americans call England 'quaint'. The skyscrapers are HUGE! Yesterday we crammed loads in, went up the Empire State Building (SUCH great views!!) and took loads of piccys, walked down Broadway and Fifth Avenue too. Went up to Times Square and that place is unreal, Matt had to take a video on his camera to truly capture how bizarre it is. We wanted to go see Phantom, but I think that will be left until we come back to the city near the end. We walked all the way up to Central Park yesterday, and thats weird to see squirrels and trees in the middle of New York! Pretty though, we watched the iceskating for some time. We went to the Natural History Museum and spent 5 hours wandering around, well worth the money for that! Matt had never seen dinosaur skeletons before so he was running round like a little kid, it was sooo fun. We're meeting one of my online friends for dinner tonight, rang her and she sounds lovely. Just got off the phone with Sheila too, that's getting sorted out as well and she also sounds lovely and excited to see us!
We're moving on to Chicago on the 13th, got our train tickets booked. The next 2 days we'll be in New Jersey, about a 20 minute ride from the city, and then on Sunday we'll stay with Sheila for 2 days. I can't really convey how lovely it's been just to chill and walk around the busy busy city. I'm still jetlagged though, keep waking up at 4am!!
Our love to you all, just thought I'd leave a quick update. Leave me a message on the little message board on here if you like!!
Mel (and Matt)