I'm an exhausted alien in New York
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
61Trip End Jun 07, 2010
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Since I've been travelling on my own (and have no money), I haven't been out in New York at night. So I wanted to make the most of my night out at the theatre
I think I was still suffering the repercussions of having such busy first few days on Saturday because I couldn't quite face doing anything all that active. But I'm on holiday, so I don't feel bad about taking some time off! I spent the morning at the hostel, writing up my travel blog etc etc and then took the subway down to Battery park, at the southernmost tip of Manhattan. Instead of paying for the boat ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I took the free ferry to Staten Island and back, that sails right past. I planned to see a bit of the island while I was there but the buses and trains were so confusing/infrequent that I gave up and caught the next ferry back to Manhattan
I have another second cousin, Nigel, who lives right in the heart of New York. Heart of NY = tiny apartment but I still wanted to meet him so he and his wife Louise took me out to a great Vietnamese restaurant in their neighbourhood. But before we went, Nigel took me up to the roof of their apartment. Who needs the Empire State Building? OK so it wasn't quite as high but you still got 360 degree views of the city, and since we were on the edge of a block, could see to the water in all 4 directions... pretty spectacular. You could also look down on all the other roof-top gardens and parties that were going on around the city. And Nigel offered to take a photo of me in front of the Skyline. Since I couldn't quite bring myself to risk asking a local to take a photo of me, nor face the embarrassment of taking one of myself anywhere, this was the first I had of me in New York! I ended the day wandering through Times Square again, soaking up the atmosphere and not feeling in the slight bit conspicuous taking photos- I was in good company with the thousands of other tourists!
Sunday can be summed up in three words: Church and cinema. I managed to cram in three church services (since I couldn't decide which to go to!) and watched Shrek 4 and Robin Hood at the cinema. My last evening away from home was spent... packing.
Finally, my last day abroad. I decided to celebrate with brunch in this really cute little cafe Penelope with yummy French toast.