Why are we going to Giant Stadium?
Trip Start May 12, 2009
13Trip End May 24, 2009
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Arthur Frommer, sent me a link to a fantastic deal that South African Airways was running for Cape Town/Kruger National Park (although we actually picked a slightly different itinerary). I passed along the information to JB (since he has been talking about South Africa since I met him) and Amy, knowing that nothing would come out of it. After both showed interest, I decided to inquire more about the deal, still thinking this was all hypothetical. The original itinerary was for 4 nights in Cape Town and 2 nights on safari. This seemed like an awfully short amount of time considering we would be flying in airplanes for 40 hours (this does not include time in airports). However, after hundreds of emails with Doreen, the rep from SAA Vacations, we extended the trip by 3 days (2 days in Cape Town at the beginning, and 1 day at the end on safari) for a nominal fee. Normally I would book the air and hotels separately, but I couldn't find flights alone for cheaper than this entire package was. There was no turning back now. The timing of the trip was perfect as I felt I needed a honeymoon from the great time that was the Burke/Steinmetz wedding.
At first, I wasn't sure whether Amy was more interested in going to South Africa or at the possibility of increasing her wardrobe. But after a trip to the travel clinic to get Hep A shots and a jar full of malaria medicine, we were all set for a "lifetime of memories."
Off we go:
megabus to New York. We arrived 30 minutes early to ensure seats next to each other, but this was overkill as we pulled up to see a double decker bus. We were the 3rd and 4th people respectively to board the bus, and we immediately headed upstairs. We took the front row (above the driver) so that we could get a great view of the new jersey turnpike. It was 5 minutes before we were ready to leave, and still only 4 people were on the bus. Not sure if this was because no one wants to go to New York on a Tuesday evening, or the fact that everyone was scared by the lady that was downstairs. For the last 10 minutes she was thanking the lord for everything from clearing her sinuses (true) to keeping the teenagers in school (true) to fixing her chronic hemorrhoids in the late 80's (false). Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with people expressing their religious beliefs, but I think she took it a little overboard. One more passenger ran on board just as we were leaving, and after seeing his options, he decided to join us upstairs.
Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on 53rd and 7th. This is not to be confused with the Sheraton Hotel on 51st and 7th. Ken and Jessica were at the hotel waiting for us. They seemed to be having a good conversation going, so after saying hi, Amy and I went to check in. The lady at the front desk explained to us that since we booked through priceline (and saved $350), we were scum and were gonna get the worst room in the hotel. She said we would have to take a handicap room, since that was all they had left. Fine with me, I enjoy the extra space in the bathroom. Unfortunately she lied to us as we walked into a 2 queen bed setup instead of a super-king bed configuration that I typically prefer. This gave Amy a little buffer room from my snoring, tossing, and turning (and other words that end in -ing).
We head back downstairs, grab Ken and Jessica, and walk over to Rumours on 55th and 8th where Hetal would be joining us shortly. It was 10:30 at this point, so we had to drink fast since it was a school night. Great drinks and greater conversation lasted until around 1:00 when we all went our separate ways. Amy and I decided to grab a slice of pizza before crashing for the night.
Where I stayed