Rock'in all over the World!
Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
132Trip End Jan 04, 2012
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Today (the 2nd) we went to the top of the Rockefeller Centre under the Karl Pilkinton theory of viewing (See Idiot Abroad). It is better to be in the cave looking at the beautiful Petra, than to be in Petra looking at some cave. We decided to go into the Rockefeller to allow us to see the Empire State in all her glory instead of being in the Empire State and just seeing everything else a lot smaller.
It paid off. The views were good, the queues were short (at 10am) and we not only saw some great sights to the South but the marvelous Central Park to the North. First Observation Deck which I think has been worth it. Tick.
We walked through Central Park which is a lovely place and spent some time people watching on our way to the American Museum of Natual History.
This place, the museum, was crazy busy. We didn't see too much because the place was big, we were tired and then got hungry and gave up before closing. While we were there though I enjoyed a good scientific picture display, the story of Evolution was excellently presented and the iMax tornado alley show was worth a viewing. The rest of the place is as expected - a history museum. If you like that sort of thing, you'll enjoy it.
The only thing that left a sour taste in my mouth was to do with something that is in some circles contraversial and in others is simply blatently obvious. It annoyed me that some guy marched around the Evolution displays sprouting garbage loudly about how it was all a load of tosh and there was no way the human species came from a monkey - he didn't read anything, he didn't take anything in - he simply refused it. He marched his girlfriend out saying "I can't believe they are putting this forward as science". I also overheard a father telling his son "There are some people that believe we have evolved from monkeys over millions of years, but it is not a commonly agreed theory"
Huh? I thought it was extremely commonly agreed. I couldn't believe it. This was some of the best stuff I had ever seen on Evolution and these people were disagreeing with it. I know Americans can be religious but denying Evolution without any form of alternative theory is like believing in Santa because you get presents every year, even if you watch your parents putting the presents there - just because you like a good fairytale. The best thing about the Evolution display was a few boards that provided opinions from scientists who were also religious and how they intertwined these two strands of their lives. I thought the display was well thought through, thorough and thought provoking. I really enjoyed it and Kate read everything.
All in all, we are tired and it's difficult to be very interesting with things that have become a bit of a blur. I personally have already started 'back to work' even though I don't step into the office for another few days and Kate has already started to worry about doing shopping the day after getting back to fill the fridge. It would have been nice to enjoy New York properly with a couple of weeks as a buffer when we get home but we are going to have to hit the ground running to get everything back in order and to pay off the debts we have started to amount. C'est La Vie. Last day tommorow.