I (don't) love New York!

Trip Start Mar 07, 2007
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Trip End Oct 04, 2007


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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Our introduction to New York was actually in Canada where they have their customs, they made us throw out ALL our food, and then Simon tested positive to a banned substance. Man, if you think US customs (etc) are rude when you are just going through as a law abiding citizen tyou should see it when they think you are a terrorist! We think he got tested becuase of his British passport, and he is looking pretty tan so there might be some racial profiling going on. Anyway, the dude nearly wet his pants with excitement when "we got a hit" he was running all over the place like a chook with his head cut off and it would have made his day if he 'got us' I'm sure. Anyway we were treated like terrorists. they loved that we had no fixed address. They finally let us go, saying some fertilisers get on shoes etc. but it was quite nerveracking.

We really Hated NY at first.
we were staying in a Budget hotel, with uber rude staff, the rates change daily and the only word the rude man spoke was no!
Really hot and polluted, made worse by the Canada comparison.
we have some Sickness from those damn English people at the wedding.
and we Didn't know how to do anything and there are so many people!
We could never find the shop we were looking for.
sigh.

But now we are getting the hang of it and it's better. And we feel better and have forgotten what fresh air is like.
It would be even better if our budget was about $1000 a day. I would love to shop here.
Simon has found a 'stingy guide' to NYC so more fun to be had I'm sure.

But we have been doing some cool stuff and found a book on how to have fun and be stingy in New York!
We have looked at all the buildings, and all the design shops to keep Simon happy in his sick state. There are some damn cool buildings here for sure.
And we have been to a jazz show at the Blue Note, which was our first night out now we feel better, it was fun.
David sent us to some cool suburbs downtown and we have soaked up the Sex and The City vibe, cool again, loads of bars and funky restaurants (again, increased budget would increase pleasure).

We finally have tickets out of here. There are NO travel agents in this town. We were thinking we'd be stuck here forever.
And no internet, and when you find internet it's $12 - $24 an hour, unbelievable! Hence the no emails, no updates. But library is free, yay!

Also planning to walk into Brooklyn, check out more of Central Park, get to the Statue ofLiberty (too polluted to see so far and crowds are extreme!) and do some Museums and Art Galleries (there is too much to do here!) Museum of Modern Art was great, a really really good gallery and we got free movie tickets for two films in the evening, one was īthe Third manī apparently the greatest film ever made, and the other was a 1940{s French film that was really kinky, I thought people were really well behaved in the olden days?!

We also survived a hurricane here - slept right through it would you belive, trees down, tunnels flooded, craziness!

Anyway, I don't hate New York, and I'm glad we came but definitely would not want to live here! And very much looking fwd to gettting back to Mexico and the Caribbean Coast.
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