Happy halloween!!...the luck of the Irish...
Trip Start Sep 24, 2012
42Trip End Dec 22, 2012
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Then I walked through times square as it was starting to get dark, and desperately tried to find something to wear for Halloween...to no avail
It was lovely to see all the little kids dressed up in their halloween costumes as they went trick or treating....in all the shops!!!! This was a bit weird. I thought it was just houses you targeted? Apparently not...good idea though, better sweets!
My sister was supposed to visit this week and we were going to watch the Halloween parade on Greenwich village. But because of sandy, she couldn't get a flight over and the parade was cancelled. So, change of plan...
...I went out with some people I met on Sunday. And, obviously, i was robin hood!
We went to an Irish pub on 5th av. where I got chatting to a man who works for the Irish government over here. He was telling me how in New jersey there is an Irish population of 60%2525!!! I'm telling you all this to justify spending most of my new York stay with paddys! We then went to an Irish club in times square, that had a Halloween costume party. It was "good craic" and I met loads of lovely people.
It was really interesting to hear the stories of the modern day Irish immigrants, who've come over to America as they can't get jobs back home. Ireland has got a long history of this and many Americans who's families have been here for generations, consider themselves to be Irish first.
I really wanted to go to Ellis island (but sandy's put a stop to that too) to see where all the immigrants came over and first stayed. My great uncle was one of them...he came over in the late 1920s and became a new York cop...how stereotypical?
Dad-knowing random irish folk songs finally paid off... in the street just off times square, on the way to get a taxi, singing "the fields of athenry" with about 20 people!!! Slainte!
Here's my jerry springer-esque thought of the day--
The more I find out about the American/English history, the more guilty I feel. Especially since america truly is a melting pot and has roots with many other countries that invariably we have had a chequered history with! Transportation, colonies, wars, slavery, land "acquisition", oppression..oh rule blinkin' Britannia!