Entering the cold zone!!

Trip Start Aug 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 2005

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Friday, February 25, 2005

Well the shock of going from hot to cold was a really massive one it has to be said!!! But it really was quite special too, despite the chattering of teeth and attempts to put on a suillion layers of summer gear to stay relatively warm!! After the smoothest exit and entry into the states ever we were on our way to find Loz and Michelle some pals of ours living in the "Big Apple". We caught a train in from Newark Airport, to (only to disvcover there are actually two stations with the same name, so watch out for that one if you ever visit New york!!).
We met the most entertaining train conductor ever (but failed to take a photo as proof, what a guy!!). He was so much of a spotter he had watched programmes on our good old British rail system too. Hows about that??? Anyway we finally get into the subway and hail a cab, yknow like they do in the movies and they all just race on by!!!??? On running into the road one finally stops and speaks in real New York speak too. Five minutes later we step out into the snow covered street and rock up to see Loz and Michelle at their place, where its nice, warm and toasty!!! we went out to a local palce where Danielle, the girlfriend of Michelles brother Craig works, and we had an excellent meal of Veal and great Cocktails too!!! a very lively first night in New York.

Next day after a huge breakfast in "Devils Kitchen" the place is really called that Ipromise you!! The afternoon was spent in shoppingville and just going overboard with the whole experience, the prices here for our time are so much cheaper for clothes and electrical equipment etc.... The boys went music hunting and the girls did shoes and jewellery, what else can you do when its all round you???? Later on we went to a place called "Knickerbockers" and had awsome (I dared to say it!!) steaks, followed by the most delicious chocolate mousse. Just out of this world, this place is just a food fest everywhere you look!!

On Sunday we did Central Park, which was covered in the infamous gates for those of you whom casually read the weekend tabloids, about $20 million was spent on erecting a vast number of orange fabric covered gates throughout the entire park, pretty spectacular against the white dazzeling backfdrop of the recently fallen snow, it has to be said and quite surreal too. Not sure whether it was the best investment for the city as it was about to come down any day then. The museums here are just massive, as they are in london and well worth visiting too. We met a pal of mine (Heike) Pam and caught up with one another and ate well in a typically New York Italian restaurant joint. As per usual the food was good and massive! Its all you end uop doing as its the sociable thing to do out here.

On the last day of our long weekend stay, we went by ferry on the Statton Island ferry, to see the good old lady herself, "Statue of Liberty" and we got lucky as a snow blizzard erupted and she was hidden on our return journey. New York is a buzzing hive of activity, lights flashing tacky but humongous signs for Coca cola and other things....Martin ended up going digital, as the cost of film and stuff is expensive and cameras here are cheap it was worth it. Then we did the Broadway thing, Broadway contains more theatres than you can imagine, packed into a small area of New York. The shows are just ongoing and you can see so many different things. we chose to see the new "Spamalot" brought out by the infamous "Monty Pythons brigade" and it was well worth going to see having paid full price for the tickets!! (queueing proved a waste of time as theyd sold out in times square where you can pick them up cheap if you pitch up at the right time. you can get the tickets for half price and less if you get lucky!!!). It was very clecver and contained much reference to all good things American.
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