New York, New York!

Trip Start Aug 12, 2011
Trip End Sep 08, 2011

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wow, what a crazy, crazy day!! So hectic, every camper with hysterical tears, running around making sure that they had said goodbye to their campers and had given their favourite counsellors their email addresses etc...

I thought arrival day was mental, but this was something else... it was so hard to say goodbye to everyone, especially with the fact that you don't know if you'd ever see some of them again, knowing that they live across the pond... but even worse, some counsellors who live on the other side of the world in Australia!! 

Surprisingly I was ok until I saw one of my closest campers hysterically crying on the bus by herself, looking out of the window, it was horrible and that set me off big time. What made it ten times worse was when her big sister came up to me and gave me the biggest hug ever, both of us in tears, and I had to continue hugging her as I was told to take her to her bus... The Levines, what an amazing pair of sisters!

Finally, after all the buses left to their respective destinations, New Jersey, Philadelphia etc, it was time for the Counsellors to make their way... First of all, it was time to take one last journey on the yellow school bus and make our way to the bank, where we cashed our cheques. BOOM, time for NYC!

All international counsellors from Camp Blue Ridge and Camp Equinunk after farewells to the main staff and domestic staff, finally left on a big bus that took us to New York City. My first time to this incredible city.

We arrived around 6pm and it suddenly hit us that we would be going our seperate ways, after 8 weeks constantly living in each other's pockets! Less emotional then it was at camp as I think we had all been overcome by the excitement that was New York City. We said our farewells, and Jodie, Shell, Steph and I took a taxi to our hotel Days Inn which was incredible for what we were paying. After playing a couple of pranks on each other whilst one was in the bathroom, a sign of things to come, we took the subway and headed into Times Square. WOW.

 "All of the Lights" - Kanye West, was definitely the soundtrack to our NYC visit. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. Unbelievable. Truly. All of the lights, the moving billboards everywhere lining the huge skyscrapers- unreal! It was pretty packed in the streets but it is way less stressfull than London and, in my opinion so much more impressive. Jodie and Steph hae been before so they were powering through the crowds and, again a sign of things to come, Shellbo and I were literally fascinated by everything, whether it was a street artist, a limo turning the corner, or the Billboard above Forever 21 where you can see yourselves on the street. We were so slow and so we kept losing them in the crowds of people- hilarious. Always us two dragging behind!

We then finally decided on somewhere to eat, a really nice restaurant called Bond 45 and I had the nicest tagliatelle bolognaise- much needed after camp- and the others had vegetable soup, after Shellbo took her long ass time in choosing what to eat, AGAIN, a massive sign of things to come.

Such a good night in such an incredible place, with amazing, hilarious people. This is going to be a trip to remember!

The next day we wok up around 9am and it was absolutely chucking it down! We kicked our first day of freedom off, by walking to Starbucks across the road. Of course, like every City in America there is a Starbucks close to you, regardless of where you are, there is one on pretty much every single block! Crazy, every corner you turn and boom, there is a Starbucks, Subway and/or a Dunkin Donuts! 

Unfortunately, it didn't stop raining all day, pretty heavy too, but that did not stop us one bit! We were constantly walking and on our feet from 11am til 11pm! We were so busy walking around all day that by the time it had reached 7 in the evening, Shell and I realised we hadn't eaten all day, which if any of you readers know us is crazy, and completely unheard of! So we had a cheeky bite at Pret a Manger whilst we waited for the "Geek Squad" to configure our cute little matching netbooks, which we had just purchased for the rest of our journey!

Earlier in the day we covered all the shops in and around Times Square which was awesome! Jodie made the mistake of buying a big FO (a familar theme of our holiday) suitcase for a good price at the very beginning of the day and so had to drag it round the busy and wet Times Square. Hilarious.  We "left our mark" in American Eagle and were famous for a good 15 seconds on the billboard. The Forever 21 shop in Times Square is massive and Shell and I spent a good 3, almost 4, hours in there whilst Steph and Jodie gave up and grabbed some lunch. Today marked the start of my excessive spending and I bought a pair of jeans and a top. 

We found them again in American Eagle and Shell popped back into Forever 21 "for some jewellery" and then again later in the eve for "some shoes"... she came back after almost an hour of us waiting outside Foot Locker with no shoes, but a bloody purse. Faaaaaaackin 'ell (another phrase of the trip) - Mental. I bought a top and perfume from American Aegle and a Cardigan from Aeropostale... today marks the first and last day I took note of my spending.

We spent the night in Times Square watching the make shift "drive in cinema" that Fiat had created in the middle of the street. They were showing Romeo and Juliet on the big screen and the rain was pouring over the flashing lights of NYC, pretty cool. We were also treated to free ice cream and cheesecake! Although we were stood in the rain to watch some of it, it was amazing!
On the way back to our hotel via the subway a homeless man was sat in the middle of the stairs we were walking down, selling some paintings, and as we walk past him he purposely scared the shit out of me! I was half expecting it as we walked down, due to the fact that he was staring at us in a creepy way, and then, pow, his hand just flew out and punched the floor in front of me I was about to walk on. Hilarious for the others, but made me jump so much!
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