The unexpected

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

So I've just got back from a lovely run in central park and I thought nows a good time to write my first blog entry. I've been in New York only a day but it's been great, beautiful sunny skies and so much to see. I loved the museum of modern art and walking around manhattan for hours. I've also found a really interesting place to stay, it's under refurb (I haven't been allowed in when I came back- I had to wait 2 hours to get up to my room and my neighbour has an eviction notice!) and it's in central Harlem which is pretty interesting! The guy that runs it is a local guy and full of funny stories, and walking through the projects to the park is something I wont forget!

I'm loving the food out here too- big portions just work for me (!) and the sandwiches are awesome! I'm keeping fit, running in my barefoot running shoes which has seen people laughing at me (Harlem today, loudly) and asking me if they work on ice (Ottawa, don't ask)

I've been really liking America, and Americans, who have proved very friendly and interesting, and I've been pretty surprised by some of the misconceptions I've held of these lands... 

So to start, Toronto was really interesting, arriving in the driving rain and cold, getting lost finding the b&b (and Rory I think I walked down one of the roads you told me not to). Ottawa was a joy, a absolutely lovely city with great hosts (a big thanks Sam and Meri) and stunning blue skies and amazing architecture- the parliament buildings and canal (as pictured) were amazing. It's pretty cold up there, and my next stop and most northerly point, Montreal, was no disappointment either! It was a blast (and thanks for putting me up Mike)- then I took my last gasp of free (well free ish) world air and entered the land of the free and home of the brave...(and just a quick one for everyone who told me they would not let me in with no return ticket, plans etc etc they didn't even ask me where I was going in the end!) I then fulfilled one of my life long dreams - skiing in the US- in Stowe and had an absolute blast. Vermont really was amazing, lovely lovely people, great (home brewed!) beer and a really good time, and skiing is definitely very different, in a good way, in the states. I had to end earlier than I wanted because of the cost of skiing but led to going through New Hampshire to Boston, MA. I had the most amazing time in Boston, a lovely city with lovely people (there will be more on this in future blogs), it was great visiting Harvard and seeing the city. 

I'm now heading south, after some more sightseeing in NY of course, and in going through Connecticut on the way here  I really hope I've now seen the last of the snow and it will start to warm up! Philadelphia is next on the list. Quick note on transport, I've used busses the whole way, apart from hitching in Vermont which worked really well (would you believe state busses dont run on weekends!?). In Boston I accidentally found a cheaper way to travel, when running late for a bus without time to get a ticket from the counter,  approached the driver with cash in hand who promptly helped himself to a note and pushed me on the bus!

That's all for now- I'm having a lot of fun and have somehow, even without starting my trip with any expectations, already found the unexpected (in fact it hit me rather inconveniently to be honest) which has changed the purpose of my trip entirely...

Answers on a postcard.
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Anna H on

Harlem is one of the best kept secrets of New York, enjoy the rest of your stay there! Try and be a little more respectful of your neighbors in the early morning.

Check out Barbuto on W 12th and Washington, I hear it's very romantic and has a great menu. There's another bar down the road with some dark corners and 80's music, just your style...

Enjoyed your comment on the people in Boston, they are indeed wonderful, I think I found something you left behind there. It's missing you already.

Lawrence on

Great to see you are still enjoying the US and its people. Now you see why i loved living there so much! I went for breakfast in Harlem but never got to see much of it....glad you are getting to see it from a local perspective. One of my favorite areas was the Lower East Side. Look forward to hearing/seeing more and as to the new purpose of your trip??

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