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Walked heaps again today... Kicked off with leaving Josh to have his breakfast at the hotel (fixated on eating alone at the hotel for some reason) and hitting a diner again. We picked up Josh and got back on the subway for a trip down to Battery Park at the bottom end of Manhattan to catch the free ferry to Statten Island which goes right past the Statue of Liberty. FREEZING wind but some good photos. Not sure if we'll do the trip to Ellis Island and see it closer?? We made ...
... shopping store for another couple of hours then mosying along home via the tube and bus. It was my first away more than walking distance in the dark night and I was feeling really relaxed. Downtown New York is full of bright young things working and the vibe was much like downtown Sydney except heaps more of them. Everyone is polite, waits in line, helps you out if you ask - Im super impressed.
... specific and recognizable western icon, so for the first time all night you think, "Ah! Now there will be something I understand!", but then it turns out to be just as irrelevant as everything else and you're left wondering what the point was of bringing up Eden at all. Hard to argue. Worst or second to worst, it certainly joined the crowd of scenarios that maxed out the weird-****-o-meter.
To be perfectly honest, my reaction was that ...
... that we had things in hand.
The taxi driver we chose was another with an attitude problem and he had other ideas.
Not only would it take about 2 hours to get there, but the $50 flat fare had jumped to nearer $80, with a huge tip on top as he didn't like airport trips and would lose out otherwise.
Well, he was right, in that the traffic was awful and we were at a standstill for ages. He did have an unfortunate attitude, but ...
... immigrants who traded in beaver pelts. This was a very lucrative business and the Dutch were worried that the British would want in on their industry so they built a wall, along what is now Wall Street, to keep the British out. The wall was made out of wood which, during the harsh winter, the Dutch themselves used for fire wood. At this stage New York was named New Amsterdam. Once the Brits moved in the name was changed to New York in honor of the King's ...