included hot foods, too. There is a great waffle maker where you dispense your own waffle batter from a machine and pour it into a waffle maker. Very cool - fresh and fast! A great start to the day.
To get to NYC, we had to walk from the hotel (Comfort Suites in North Bergen) to the 10th Street bus stop - walk down the street from the hotel to 10th Street, and up a huge hill to Kennedy St. The bus stop is right across the street at the intersection of 10th St. & Kennedy
St. A nice lady helped us locate the bus stop and explained that we could get on any bus that goes to the city. We originally planned to take NJ transit, but these smaller mini-buses kept pulling up, so we got on one. We later learned that these are the "Community Coach" buses and they seem to come a lot more frequently than the larger NJ Transit buses. It was $2.50 to get to Port Authority, similar to the NJ Transit bus ($2.55 for one way).
We arrived at Port Authority and walked to the subway. We each bought an unlimited 7-day Metropass for $25. We got on the #2 train to 14th St. to visit the Greenwich Village area. Walking around earlier today was great - it was overcast, not too hot and not too cold, and just perfect for walking around! We saw a little garden with a monument to the Gay & Lesbian community. We also spotted a building that Poolie may have seen on Law and Order where a murder was committed.
Our shopping day had a slow start since it was 9:00am and we found out that most shops didn't open until 11:00am. We found a shop that opened
early where I found an awesome black knit dress for only $60! Soon enough, as we walked further into Soho, all of the shops were open. I actually found a shirt that I liked at H+M (at the ones in Toronto, I can never find anything that I like!) - a black shirt with tons of ruffles, very unique and just my style. We went into a shop called
Pearl River - a Chinese shop with all sorts of fun things, including traditional items. I picked up some origami paper.
The highlight of the day was the Uniqlo store - a Japanese style department store. We were able to find great clothes there! Poolie got 2 hoodies ($20 each), 2 pairs of pants, 2 t-shirts, boxers; I got 3 t-shirts and some undies.
The t-shirts are all awesome video game shirts! Poolie got shirts of "Tower of Druaga" and "Galaxian" and I got a Pac-man shirt. I also got a sparkly Astroboy shirt - way cool.
One of the best parts of the store was the giant Pac-man floor and the Pac-man arcade machines that you can play for free!
We stopped for lunch at the first place we could find since by that point I was absolutely starving - it was called "Miro's". We had the yummiest sandwiches there! Flatbread with vinaigrette dressing, tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella, paired with fresh grapefruit juice and lemonade. So good! Fresh, tasty flavors - we were lucky to stumble upon it!
We walked back down Bleecker St. and later stopped at a small coffee shop for a rest. I got an iced coffee that was so good and Poolie got a pineapple orange smoothie. The shop had Wifi and a computer that you could use that was inside an old telephone booth for
After, we went into a spice shop that had so many different spices - the place smelled fantastic! We got some special vindaloo hot curry spice, a chipotle chili pepper, and a chili blend. Our shopping bags even ended up smelling amazing after shopping there, as the strong smells of curry and chili emanated from the bags.
We went into a store called Pylone and didn't end up buying anything, but everything in there was pretty cool. Bright, colorful, plastic household items with cute animals and faces on them!
After our day of shopping, we walked back to the subway because I wasn't quite ready for dinner yet (so many good dinner choices in that area, we'll have to go back!). The plan was to walk around Times Square for a little while until we felt hungry (this was around 4:00pm). To
our surprise, when we walked out of the subway station at 42nd, it was pouring rain outside with thunderstorms! Since we had lots of shopping bags and didn't want our things to get wet, we decided it would be best to just go back to the hotel.
Finding the gate for our NJ Transit bus was a bit of an ordeal. We knew that we needed to find bus 125, but we had no way of finding out the proper gate out of the hundreds of gates at the station. The first information desk was closed, but we found another one. The right gate was #407. By the time we finally got there, we discovered that our bus left at 4:40pm (it was 4:41pm at this time, no joke!). We would have to wait until 5:20pm for the next bus to arrive. We were tired, sweaty, and sore by this point. I went for a little walk to pick up some snacks for back at the hotel.
When I got back, an older Greek man was talking to Poolie. His name was Steve. As it turns out, it was probably
a good thing that we had to wait for the next bus because otherwise, we wouldn't have met Steve. He was very nice, intelligent, helpful and informative - he was interested in how life was for us back in Canada, and was interested in sharing his experiences of living in New Jersey. We learned so much from him!
Back at the hotel, we decided to just stay in and eat some pizza from last night (still so so good!) We
had a relaxing evening playing Nintendo DS together and watching some TV.
Oh, Poolie wanted me to mention that I forgot the name of our lunch place and accidently called it "Mavo's" instead of "Miro's". Oh well, close enough!
Today was a really fun day filled with walking and shopping! We woke up around 7:00am and put on our comfiest running shoes, prepared for lots of walking today. Our hotel had a free continental breakfast that