Slowly Waking Up...
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
33Trip End Jun 30, 2008
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We started the day yesterday with breakfast at a place called 7A recommended by our eccentric landlord. After walking in the wrong direction for a few minutes as a result of Tom's inability to tell East from West (ed: Actually it was north and south Gaynor...) (not to mention my terrible sense of direction) we arrived at the restaurant and had to make the interesting choice of having either salad or fries with our poached eggs. We both decided that salad was probably the better choice even if it really wasn't a breakfast food. The confusion didn't end there though, we then had to decide what dressing we wanted.
After breakfast we made our way to the subway station and caught the next train to Wall St. This is another area that is heavily protected by police with one side of the road blocked
We walked to the end of the street where it meets with the Hudson River. We stood on the freezing pier to check out the river and the Brooklyn Bridge. We then walked along the pier to the Staten Island Ferry. The Ferry was freezing. Despite the fact that I was so cold I managed to venture outside and take some photos of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty which looked absolutely amazing. After getting off the ferry to get back on a ferry we took the return journey back to Manhattan.
With our feet back on the ground we walked to the Ground Zero site. This was just a giant building site with a small information box showing the plans for the memorial. We also checked out the church across the road where people working on the site following the attacks would sleep and eat. The church has an exhibit about the workers and the contribution that the church made following the attacks. All in all we were pretty disappointed (if you can say that) by the lack of memorials. Later that night though we were informed by Tim that we were about 2 weeks too late as the remaining stuff had been removed to make way for the new memorial (which looks like it is going to be huge).
After this we head across the road to the Century 21 discount department store. This place was massive and full of heavily discounted designer clothes and shoes. I would have probably been able to get lost for quite some time if I hadn't been so exhausted
We made our way back to a subway station where we got confused about whether we were headed in the right direction and decided to return to street level to check. We decided that we were in the right place and returned back underground where we found that you cannot enter the station on the same ticket that you exited on within 90 minutes. Luckily the nice NYPD Officer felt sorry for us and let us through a side gate.
We got back to the apartment and discovered the 500+ cable channels. Tom also took some photos of the apartment whilst I recovered feeling in my body. Tom then head down to the corner market to get some brekky cereal. He later told me that he had seen a cereal made of small choc-chip cookies...I am still wondering why he didn't buy it.
Later that night we met up with Tim & Simone for dinner. We had a drink at a bar called "Spain" before heading to a Cuban restaurant called "Little Havana". The cook was an old Cuban lady who every so often appeared from the kitchen to glare at the people in the restaurant. Although she looked pretty angry she managed to cook a fantastic dinner which we all enjoyed. We head home in a yellow taxi ad hit the pillow once again exhausted...