New York - 13th March

Trip Start Dec 29, 2006
Trip End Jun 26, 2007

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

It's 16C today in New York! To see the snow falling in New York is quite beautiful, but the novelty certainly wears off after a while. So it's great to get some warmer weather.

I finally went to the United Nations buildings on Saturday (3rd March). The United Nations is literally around the corner from where we live but I never previously made the time to see it. The United Nations isn't actually part of New York; it's actually on international land. At the entrance of the UN there are scary looking security guards with huge assault rifles and decked out in bullet-proof vests and helmets. We went on a really interesting tour of the building. It was great to see the rooms, such as the security council chambers, that you see so much on television.

That night we went to a club called Marquee. It was expensive with a $20 cover charge and then drinks were $12 each + tip. In an effort to reduce the cost I went straight for the Bacardi 151 which lasted me for the rest of the night :). It was a nice club, with even nicer looking people.

I finally went to see my first broadway musical. I saw RENT on Sunday (4th March) at the the Nederlander Theatre. The musical played more rock music than the traditanal musical music. It was so good and I really enjoyed it. Our seats were about 7 rows back on the orchestra level, so we had a great view.

Tuesday (6th March) was my birthday. That night we went to an Irish restaurant and pub called Pig n' Whistle. Of course I had to have the Shepherds Pie and schooner of Harp. It was a nice place with great food.

On Fridays there is free entry to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), so I made the trek down there after work. I'm really glad I went as it was a great museum with a lot of famous paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henry Matisse, Salvadore Dali, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.

Saturday night everyone was keen to have a big night, so we all went to a bar called Glass in the Meatpackers district. They had a pretty cool DJ which made for a great night out. The only negative was that the night was reduced by 1 hour due to daylight savings. We caught a stretch limo home (You really have to bargain these limo drivers down!).

I think I made it back from the club at about 6am, so I wasn't feeling that enthusiastic when I got a call from Zee about going to the Bronx Zoo. I promised I would go about a week ago, so I dragged myself out of bed with only a few hours of sleep. The zoo wasn't a disappointment though, as it was a lot bigger and better than I expected. I was amazed at the amount of effort the zoo keepers went to imitate the animals' natural surroundings. My favorite animal there would have been the grizzly bears, who were fighting when we arrived. They smack each other around a fair bit. I think the zoo would be awesome in summer, as some of the animals weren't there during the winter.

Anyway that was my past 2 weeks in summary. Missing you all!

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