Left early this morning to catch the 8.15 am greyhound bus from Springfield to New York . I had a little snooze onthe bus (no surprise there!) and we arrived in New York at 12 noon. I booked the hotel months ago and was surprised and delighted to find it was only two blocks away from the bus station, so we only had a short walk with our rucksacks. Nick is now carrying about 45 kgs as all the Polish cousins sent us on our way with many gifts of food! Spent the day exploring the city and also went to the Observatory Deck of the Empire State Building. Nick reckons I looked like a dead ringer for King Kong when we got to the top (I knew I should have had a wax before leaving the UK!). New York is surprisingly compact and we have had no problems finding our way around but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we get lost - and it will probably be in the Bronx knowing us.