Miami airport was very busy. It is funny being back in America again with flags everywhere and patriotism so clearly visible, particularly with the Olympics on. Our flight to Newark airport in New York was good with a much nicer plane and more leg room!
Arriving in Newark was a nice change since it was a domestic flight and we could just pick up our bags and go.
Our shuttle ride from the airport was a crazy experience. Newark is in the state of New Jersey, so a by the time the shuttle arrived, it was peak our traffic, so it was two and a half hours to get to our hotel. Our driver weaved in and out of traffic, sat on the horn and squeezed through non-existent gaps. It was certainly an eye opening culture shock having come from the calm and quiet of Cayman!
Our hotel is lovely. We are on the 16th
floor with a great view over Broadway and a bustling food market. Michael and I went for a walk and were spoilt for choice for dinner options. We settled on a neat place where Michael chose his own pasta ingredients which they then cooked up in front of us and I did the same at the salad bar with a choice of about 30 different options to add in – delicious!
After watching the sun sink down behind the buildings in front of us, we were out like a light!
Thursday Morning we woke early and met Ali at the rental car place to drop the car off at 5.45am. After an easy check in we said our goodbyes and headed through to catch our flight to Miami. Arriving there a couple of hours later, we raced through immigration which was in a new terminal that had just opened 3 days earlier. Although there were really long queues, there were 77 counters so we moved through quite quickly. A long walk to our departure gate ended in tears after a long long wait in the queue through another round of security resulted in them finding Michael's pocket knife which had been in our carry-on luggage, unnoticed until then. Of course there was no chance of getting it through and the queues were so long we would never have made it back if we went back to check the bag through, so it was a very unfortunate mistake on our part.