Farewell New York

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jun 26, 2010

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Arriving back in New York I headed to my friend Ana's place on Staten Island. Ana an ex-colleague who works at Citi in New York had previously offered me a place to stay when I got back from Phili. So that night I soaked in her amazing jacuzzi and reminisced on my travels so far.

Wednesday I had a plan to buy a netbook as I was falling way behind on this blog simply because I lacked time (why waste valuable time on a PC in a hostel when I could be writing on a bus, train or plane) and because the only internet available was the costly use of PC's in hostels who crazily offered free WIFI. So a simple solution was to buy a netbook for $300. A most wise decision in my view, so that morning I got a lift in with Ana to her work at Jersey City and bought a netbook.
After that I then went across to Manhattan to see the MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art) which was amazing. All my favourites were there including Cezanne, Magritte, Picasso and Dali. I also saw a few Jackson Pollack's which I thought were very impressive in terms of scale and use of paint, but ended up feeling like I was missing something. I managed to time my departure well because as I was leaving the MOMA the heavens opened and the biggest storm since I left Sydney (9 years ago) simply dropped on the city. Even with the use of an umbrella borrowed from Ana my shoes were drenched and I was very damp in other places too. However I managed to make my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and spent a few hours ambling through the fantastic range of art from all over the world. My favourite piece was a chair designed by Zaha Hadid an Iraqi architect who grew up in Britain and now one of the world's leading architects.

My final departure from New York is mixed with sadness, fondness, regret and fear. I really loved New York and would have liked to seen much more of it. Whilst I'd seen the famous and iconic (Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Ground Zero, Empire State building - from the Rockafeller, Times Square, Central Park, Harlem!) I don't feel like I'd really got to know its more interesting places such as Soho, East & West villages and Tribeca. In addition I never ventured into Brooklyn or Queens and I know this is cheesy but I would love to do a bus tour around all the places famous from TV and Film (i.e. Seinfeld, Friends, SITC etc..). Anyway just one of reasons for me to come back! Now some of you are probably wondering why I said fear. Well this morning I caught my first Greyhound bus as it was to be my mode of transport to Toronto. My original booking was a 10am departure from NY to Syracuse, then an hour before my next leg to Buffalo before another wait and my final leg to Toronoto with an arrival time of 9.30pm. However by some stroke of fate the trains between NY and Toronto had problems which resulted in every man, woman and child wanting a bus to Toronto. Greyhound in rare form and showing true capitalistic spirit decided to put on more buses which meant that my bus left 45 minutes earlier and was going all the way to Toronto - via the previously mentioned stops for brief driver changes. Hence my 11 and a half hour journey started 45 minutes earlier and turned into an 11 and a half hour journey because we were held for an hour and a half at the Canadian border due to some poor unfortunates on our bus who ended up being denied entry anyway. Still at least I got into Toronto an hour earlier than planned.
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julesjb on

Thanks Ana!
I'm going to try to go back to Sydney via NY on my way back to Sydney next year, so hopefully will see you then!

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