The Chequered Flag

Trip Start Aug 22, 2006
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Trip End May 13, 2007


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Thursday, March 29, 2007

They say that some save the best till last, but absolutely no one could've predicted exactly HOW cool this final stop is. My goodness, what a place. NEW YORK NEEEEEW YORK and it has everything anyone can possibly hope for.

I had the best flight of the entire world trip, as I flew in from Toronto T3 on an American Eagle (ERJ 140). Its a light aircraft (3 rows of seats I tells ya) and we flew past lower western Manhattan before banking left over the Statue of Libety and flying back up the East side of the city to LaGuardia airport.

The flight alone offered spectacular aerial views of Manhattan which I recommend to ANYONE to do. You must must must try that flight out. It is like a tour of the city before landing. Its great.

Ok, so this brings me to a clamatic close to, what has been, a fantastic world tour. New York is a whooping great HUGE city with 8.2 million residence and 19 million folks in the state of NY(that's more than the whole of Australia - though perhaps not as many as the true number of Australian tourists in London). Its America's 3rd richest and largest state of America after California and Texas and rakes in a modest $963 billion gross profit (2005 figure). Beat that Freemantle! Beat that Santiago, Valparaiso and Cairns! Sorry folks, but this is what I call a city.

We can't keep going on naming small towns cities, when they don't even have a state library, Cathedral or population more than a small African Village. And Freemantle, selling coffee doesn't apply for city status. Behave!

Ok so over the last 24 hours, I've been working my backside off trying to update this blog and give everyone a brief into New York (which doesn't really need any intro anyway). However that's besides the point. Sadly New York isn't known for its Internet Cafe's but it DOES have loads of pizza bars, mad taxi drivers, stunning city views and internet 'access' for geeks who take their laptops to Starbucks and Delis' where mad old ladies can often be found swearing at the M&M's and fruit section.

I decided against the 'Deli' option, when some crazy old bag started swearing at me for trying to sit down at a PC. What the hell!! I thought, "Right you old git, lets take this outside". Then realised I was 3 foot taller than her, about 50 years younger and 4 times heavier - sweeeet justice!! So once she was chucked out of the Deli, I tried to work the PC's however they were broken and not loading. FANTASTICO!!! So my hunt for a real internet cafe and hostel for the night continued.

Marvelous indeed, for a city that has about 4 web cafe's to its name, and 50 million pizzarias I was quids in for updating everyone back home. So communication isn't exactly perfect here, but (despite the knacker freezing arctic temperatures) everything else is.

So I decided today after a victorious impulse purchase of two charming nights at the exquisite 'Jazz on the Park' hostel (36 West 106 Street), I would walk down to lower Manhattan and see the sights. Time Square was heaving and it was almost like hustling with the crowds down Oxford Street. I even wanted lunch and bought something called 'The New Yorker Best Pastrami'

I asked the cook in the Deli, whether this was a sandwhich and his answer was "You bet your ass its a sandwhich buddy! Best in town. Do you want Gurkins and pickles"???

It turned out that what I had infact bought (which I realised after walking two blocks down from where I'd bought it) was in fact half a pig carved in a bag, with two stale slices of buttered bread, one large gurkin and 4 oz of grease!!

BIN!

I'll settle for a girly coffee and a croissant thanks. Now where's my laptop.

Tomorrow I'm off to the Statue of Libery and also to the State Library (excellent). Plus, should also check out some clubs and bars before I head on home.

WHOOOOPPING great thanks to everyone whose tuned into this site and I hope you've enjoyed the photo's and comments.

Massive thanks to Shannon and the Pink Shamrocks in Australia, big Hi to Brandon and Rick (sorry we didn't catch up). Big fat thanks to mum and dad for their support and mum's corner of my website (which is in fact an open comments area for all).

Here's a big hi to Anthony Julie and Lauren for helping me out enormously in Dallas, and of course to the Reynolds over in Toronto (I hope we all meet up soon). And finally a big SZIA, Kosz and szeretlek to Panni for her massive support through all these countries. I'll see you soon in Buda and I can't wait!!

Best Wishes to everyone. If you have any queries, just post them.

James.
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