Leaving NYC

Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2008

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

He says:

Gotta love technology...  I am currently travelling in a bus between NYC and Washington DC and somehow have full access to the internet, so thought it would be a good opportunity to update the blog.

As the title suggests we are on our way to Washington DC for a couple of days before heading back to NYC for our flight to London on the 17th.  NYC has been fantastic and we are going to miss it a lot.   I would seriously consider living here for a while (emphasis on 'a while') if the opportunity ever presented itself.  However, the place was killing me slowly and painfully.  The buzz of the place just seems to keep you going 24/7...  I really don't know if the locals sleep at all, I know for a fact that Tim and Simone don't... I guess the size of the apartments means that there's not much interest in being at home

Since the last update we have continued our never ending tour of the never ending attractions in the never ending city.  The day before yesterday the weather had turned chilly again so we headed indoors and spent the day at the Met...  And what can I say other then it is amazing what money, power and influence will get you.  We spent the best part of a day there and barely scratched the surface.  We took in the Egyptian exhibit which includes not 1 but 2 entire tombs that have been transplanted from their origins, because, well, one can.  We also saw the Roman, Greek and Medieval sections among others and it really was insanely good, nothing I have ever seen in Australia comes close to the items on display in that building.  We were both astounded, going from one room full of roman and Greek sculptures to another with a parade of knights in formation to another with the most intricate and complex gold jewelery from 4-5000 years ago.  I would love to have spent more time there but it'll be interesting comparing the Met to the British Museum to see who was the better pillaging empire.

After a full and exhausting day we had a very brief look in the Guggenheim and then went to Broadway...  Tim and Simone had very kindly offered to take us to a show while we were in NYC as a belated Christmas present and being in Manhattan we had to go and have a night out on broadway.  We ended up going to see Rent, which is finishing it's 12 year run on June 1 so it was pretty special, though I don't know how Simone actually managed to get tickets.  It was also a lot of fun...  Being in it's final months the theatre was packed with die-hard fans who seemed to all know the songs by heart (and sing along to them...).  The musical itself was pretty good, funny, moving and polished, found out that it won the Pulitzer for drama in 1998, which we all found slightly puzzling and amusing.  After the show we headed down town for some late dinner before once again crashing into bed far to late...

Yesterday was our last full day in NYC and, as we still had a long list of things outstanding we were up early to try and make a day of it.  First we travelled down through Brooklyn to Coney Island to see it before it dissapears (rumor has it that large parts of it are closing down after this season).  We arrived to find it shrounded in low sea mists and it was like walking into some twisted horror movie, walking through these rusting, creaking and run down amusement rides all shrouded in fog.  However, it did clear up (and then thunderstorm all within the space of 30 minutes!) and after having a good look around (unfortunately 'Shoot the Freak' was closed...) and taking some photos for posterity we decided that we should try and race (As much a you can while sitting on the subway) back to Manhattan to try and catch the next Circle Line Ferry, a tourist ferry that does a loop of the island.  It had been recommended by Tim and Simone and was a great way to round off our NYC experience.  After rushing off the ferry we just had time to get to the Peking Duck place in China Town (again...) for some more fantastic duck pancakes with Tim and Simone.  After dinner we went out for (another...) drink and met up with my old housemate Jake from Ainslie who was down from Boston to celebrate his birthday.  We had a really good catch-up in which time I got very drunk (again) and after seriously considering following Jake to an underground warehouse party in Brooklyn at 2:00am responsibility eventually got the better of us and we stumbled off home. 

This morning we had to somehow drag ourselves out of bed at 7:00 to pack and catch the bus.  So here I now am hungover, exhausted but very satisfied and happy with the whole experience. 
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angelasusan on

Farewell to NY (for now)
Well, you certainly ticked off a lot of that list! And you're absolutely right about those robber dens - the lootings of an empire they surely are! The British Museum even has the Assyrian bas reliefs showing an earlier empire towing home the astonishing loot from yet another conquest. So pleased that you managed to catch up with Jake before you left. I guess those ducks will be relieved to hear you've moved on to fresh pastures...

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