Out and About in NYC

Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
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Trip End May 25, 2010


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Saturday, May 1, 2010




I was able to get off early before the tour groups departed, bicycle in hand. It was necessary to carry it down a long escalator, some stairs and a ramp, and walk it around some tight places but once at street level I was good to go. Ship Security just about scared me to death with warnings about getting robbed and mugged and the bike stolen. This set me back for a while thinking about all this, but then I figured, these guys have to err on the side of caution for legal or other factors. After walking the streets of Bangkok alone at midnight, some pretty bad areas of Lima, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei, not to mention Saigon and Can Tho in wartime, I think I will have my antennae properly attuned to trouble in New York in the daytime.


I never once sensed any danger. People I encountered were extremely open and friendly. Moreso than even I had imagined. I stopped and bought a postcard for a special friend, but lacked a stamp. I went into a couple of little shops looking for a stamp to no avail. Finally I spied a UPS store and asked in there if they handled stamps. The guy said "No, but I just happened to buy some yesterday. Here you can have one of mine for your postcard." He didn't even want me to pay him which I nevertheless did. Then we chatted for a while, he telling me about being in Germany and how much he enjoyed the wine. Finally he offered me a pen and a chair in the corner where I could write the card. Several times I stopped to ask directions and each time the people were gracious and helpful. Thanks to these New Yorkers I even finally found a nearby Post Office at 42nd St & 9th Avenue, dispatching my postcard. Yeah, Chell & Sharon, see what I did to get you that postcard! Perhaps you will be reading this update before it arrives in Satsuma.


The pictures will obviously say more than I can add. It was in every way a wonderful day.
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