New York, New York
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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So we checked in at a Best Western, America's equivalent to our Travel Lodge, as it was the cheapest place we could find
The next day we went for a walk around the city. We visited Gran Central Station, then hopped on the subway to Ground Zero where the twin towers used to stand, before the tragic incidence of 9/11. There wasn't much to see as building works have already started for the new towers. It was quite daunting, seeing how much of a big space they used to take up. There were memorials on the walls listing all the people who died on the day. Very sad.
We then walked through Wall Street and onto the Staten Island Ferry where we got to see a good view of all Manhattan and the Statue of liberty from a distance
In the evening we went to a comedy club, which was fun but I must say, the Americans can't beat the Brits when it comes to comedy!
We woke up earlyish the next morning as we wanted to beat the queues to go up the Empire State Building. It was a bit cloudy at the top but none the less we were presented with amazing views of the city (see photos). Afterwards, we went for a traditional American breakfast at the Tick Tock Diner. The portions of food in America are unbelievable. Even I couldn't finish them! We then walked through Chelsea, Greenwhich Village, Soho, China Town and Little Italy. We went for dinner at a Taco Bell which is a Mexican fast food chain, where we met some local New Yorkers. They all had skateboards and rode BMX bikes, just like all the kids in the "movies". One of them was running a night at a club near by, which we got invited to. The music wasn't our cup of tea but with enough free shots down us, we manged to make do!
We spent our last day in New York with a bit of a hang over. So we headed to Central Park where we relaxed under the sun. When we felt a bit better we split off and went to do a bit of shopping down 5th Avenue. After shopping I sat in Times Square to take in the crazy advertising world that surrounded me. We rejoined in the evening to catch the flight that we had been dreading for ages, the flight to Hong Kong via Doha. The entire journey was to last 40 hours!