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Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
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Trip End Dec 24, 2011


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

If you can be bothered to read all this, thanks.
 
22nd, Friday  
Once again the heat is evil and we struggle to move all day. We get burgers for lunch which Jo refuses to have delivered to save money but when she goes to collect them still tips the one dollar she would have if they'd come to the door. That, along with the Coke she felt she had to buy in order to make it home without dehydrating, is made up for by the burger itself, so no one is too upset.
In the evening we eat at Wild Ginger, a restaurant in competition for 'Most niche eatery in Williamsburg'; it serves Pan Asian Vegan Food. Jo doesn't twig this initially, thinking its just a bog standard thai, until she looks down at the menu and see the word 'wheat protein' has replaced 'pork/lamb/beef/chicken'. Needless to say when her fried wheat protein on rice in black bean sauce arrives it looks like a squared off and sauteed turd. Scratch that off the 'take parents to that one' list then.
After dinner we go to the Montrose L stop to take advantage of Toby and Bronwyn's airconditioned apartment, although we do end up spending most of the evening sitting outside in the (still 96 degree at night) heat chatting.
After getting the L train back to Bedford Ave, as we walk home Claire is approached by a young looking Irish girl who has just been mugged of everything a few subway stops away. She trying to track down a friend via facebook so comes back with us to use our internet. Guiding her through Dan's pitch black studio into the apartment probably scares the shit out of her but she is comforted by water and cigarettes until someone comes to get her.

23nd, Saturday: 
Tactics to escaping the heat escalate to a midnight film showing in our local cinema, the Night Hawk. It turns out to be the best cinema experience either of us have have ever had. The film is great, a documentary on the 'mangled momon' scandle in the 80's (watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWeQce0cZsE) and during the film you can order amazing food and have it bought to the table that each pair of seats shares. Plus the air con was pretty tasty.
 
24th, Sunday: 
In the morning we go to Deklab Market in Downtown Brooklyn. Its a new market set up in old shipping containers and even houses the local radio station. The pictures explain all. 

25th, Monday: 
The temperature finally drops and it rains all day. We even get close to feeling chilly at one point. We take the east river ferry from Williamsburg across to midtown Manhattan to do some shopping. 
Whilst getting some refreshments from a (ok we'll admit it) Starbucks, the cashier clocks our accents immediately and thrusts a picture of him standing next to Wayne Rooney into our faces, telling us he was in just an hour before. This is the closest we have come to a celebrity sighting since being here.


 
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