The Big Apple

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2013

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140th Street Jamaica, New York

Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, December 21, 2012

HORRAY, we made it. It was truely an experience driving into New York through Staten Island, over onto Long Island. As we drove over the Staten Island bridge we looked straight at Manhattan and The Statue of Liberty. We travelled on a 12 lane freeway. Good old Louise kept her head together and so did Gary. I was very impressed with his driving ability, I could not have done it. As per usual, we are staying in the black part of Long Island, a suburb called Jamaica, say no more. We are staying in a terrace house with the owner Jullett and a couple of other people. We have our own room and full use of the house. Once again it is very clean. Jullett is African American and a nurse and very straight forward, no way you would put anything over her.
Weather is still good, no snow but needing our winter coats and benies. Went into Times Square tonight, was crazy, wall to wall people. We are so used to being two of a few, no crowds we felt swamped. We are about an hour from Times Square, a bus and train ride. Its so interesting when travelling in to see the race change as you get closer to Manhattan. On the bus to the rail we are the only whites. On the train all black, Gary fell asleep and when he woke up all white.
We have stayed in so many black neighbourhoods now we are even shaking hands as they do with so much hip, LOL!!!!
We met a lovely young african american man walking home tonight. We must have stuck out like sore thumbs. He obviously wanted money to buy grog, but when he heard our accent he was just so intrigued. Had no idea where Australia was but just blown away by our accent. He was pretty battered from a recent fight but so friendly to us and just wanted to talk. We gave him the coins we had and he was happy. I told him to go back to school and get his education and things would change for him. He gave me such a sincere handshake. I felt like giving him a hug.
24/12: We have seen NY from top to bottom. Visited the 5 buroughs, saw all the sites. Walked our feet off and got lost many times. Christmas shopping at Macy's, dinner in Little Italy. Crambed as much into 4 days a one posibly could and still not enough in this huge city.
Last night we spent the evening at the famous Smith's bar where John Lennon ate regularly, he apparently loved their hamburgers. We met Brian and Jason, two pilots, lovely young men. We spent the evening sharing funny stories. Home on the train and bus. It was Sunday night so limited bus service which saw us standing at the bus stop for 45 mins with a bunch of Jamicans. A couple of guys looked a bit sus but after Gary entertained them pretending to play cricket, talking the Jamican way and doing his little dances they were our best friends. They got on a different bus to us and we were waving goodbye to each other like we were old friends. We caught our bus with a young woman who was also in the line and she gave us both a big hug as we got off at our stop. Gary then turned to the crowded bus and sang out MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone, must admit he did get a few replies and a few smiles.
Last night we spent the evening in the famous Smiths Bar near Times Square . John Lennon frequented this bar because of the hamburgers he loved. We met Brian and Jason, two young guys who were pilots. They were so friendly and we had a few laughts with them
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Jacqueline on

Aunty Lib remember to tell the pilots that you have a lovely young niece at home! Merry Christmas guys. We missed you yesterday. Lots of love xx

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