A Bridge Too Far
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
34Trip End May 05, 2011
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Unsurprisingly, I realised a large section under central park was yet unexplored. So while there I made for a few well known stores. The two largest brands of the electronic age were represented by Apple and Nintendo. Apple's halycon was the embodiment of its minimalist image. A beautifully distinct clear prism marks its entry amongst the metal and concrete but hides below what can be best described as a zoo. None of it's design principles are here, people push and jostle and mill about to get a taste of Steve Jobs' latest. I was not particularly enamoured and left promptly. The Nintendo store was a much more civil proposition. More a exposition rather than a retail store, it contained within all the available gadgets in two large rooms
In what seemed an eon, I finally arrived in Buffalo. In the dark I managed to jump on the first bus to Niagara in the hope of catching the sunrise. Not only did I miss that, it seemed as I had missed the entire tourist season. Not a soul was in sight and it seemed much of the attractions would not reopen until the ice receded from the falls. The white blanket of the sleepy landscape did make for a beautiful contrast to the neon rainbow of the city and the isolation was deeply introspective. Though my peace was briefly distracted by some wayward squirrels looking for breakfast. Eventually the clouds dissipated and the life returned
1. View - Canada
Bigger, closer and from the front. In every way the view from the Canadian bank was superior. It's hard to truly appreciate the falls unless you leave USA.
2. Landscape - USA
While Canada has glitzed and gentrified its Niagara with tacky shops and attractions (e.g. indoor skydiving and revolving restaurants). USA has preserved the beautiful parklands with excessive staffing and an army of wildlife. It is truly complimentary and much more pleasant to stroll in. Even the nearly abandoned township has a sleepy hollow charm.
3. Attractions - USA
Narrowly. Whilst both have the standard Maid of the Mist. Canada's other attractions have no relevance or interest and are in general, lame. Even its Journey Behind the Falls detracts from the magnificence. Having said this, I could not actually experience much of it first hand.
4. Border Crossing - Canada
This may seem like an unnecessary category it was included because it is likely you will spend some of your visit traversing the Rainbow bridge, and the experience one way is certainly in contrast with another
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed my investigatory experience despite my setbacks. This process only lasted until early afternoon though, and soon I had to find something else to occupy my time. Erroneously, on boredom I stepped into the gambling pits with 40 dollars. After 3 hours of bouyant heights and drowning lows I escaped the clockless dungeon. Thankfully my wallet and spirit were still intact - this could not be said of most in there.
The journey home was rather uneventful, I even happily slept the entirety, probably due to sheer exhaustion. Save for a single event. So if anyone knows Steve from Long Island who missed his bus from Buffalo "sorry man, I hope Japan is where you find your success"