Too much to write!

Trip Start Jul 12, 2006
Trip End Jun 18, 2007

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Monday, July 17, 2006

We've done so much in New York since I last wrote that I've had to write it all down in a book so that I didn't forget everything. We check out today and head to Newark to pick up our rental car to drive to Niagara. I'm really sad to be leaving, New York has got a lot to be proud off. Quite stupidly I've left the book up stairs in our room so I know I've got no chance of remembering everything. I'm also not sure when we'll find internet access again until we get to Niagara but I'll try and tell you what we've been doing.

I'll start with Coney Island, which is a seaside place in Brooklyn, it's where the Siren Music Festival was, where Scissor Sisters played. Coney island itself is great. It's just like Canvey Island, only bigger and busier. It's got a cheesy funfair and amusement set up where you can 'Shoot the Freak' and watch a real live 10-act Freak side show (we passed on this!). It's also home to the world's worst food ever. Lee had his first ever corn dog, which is basically a frankfurter covered in a soft corn batter thing then fried - it was horrid! But worse was to come when we ordered this sausage thing from a food kiosk. The guy behind the counter grabbed two dodgy looking sausages that had been partly cooked, sliced them lengthways, revealing raw sausage, slapped them on the griddle then put the onions on the same thing along with the bread roll - lovely meaty rawness on everything - yum! Lee said my face was a picture, I refused to eat it. I'm not fussy when it comes to food but I am fussy when it comes too food poisoning!

Luckily when we went to see some of the music, someone was smiling down on me as there was a lovely veggie place serving stuffed vine leaves, hummus, falafel and that kind of loveliness so my insides were saved. The Scissor Sisters were fantastic, they've gone up in my estimations loads. They played quite a long set and really gave a show - not that I could see it being so short but Lee very kindly kept lifting me up above the crowds - which is no mean feat specially after my American Diet lately.

There's so much to say about Coney Island - I'll have to write properly another time, I need to tell you about the fishing and the weird man who nicked a fish and put it in his pocket!

Yesterday we spent the whole day in Central Park and I've decided that Central Park is the best park that I know (at the moment anyway). There's so much stuff going on and for free as well - it's amazing. You wouldn't get a park that great and run so well in the UK, you honestly wouldn't.

We rented bikes and cycled the 6 miles around the park, then rented a boat and rowed for an hour then we treated ourselves to some lush food in the Boathouse restaurant. A bit of an extravagance, using up nearly all my budget for the day but it just had to be done. I couldn't face another rubbish burger and didn't want to leave New York thinking all the food was utter Sh!te (sorry for swearing Dad!). Anyway the location of the restaurant (right on the boating lake) and the food more than made up for the cost. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching the various musical acts, plays etc.. that's all around the park. People just take the whole family down there, with a coolbox and then set up a sound system or something and start doing tricks or playing double Dutch or pulling out a clarinet and playing music - it's an amazing place and I'll be very sad to leave it all today. If we didn't have a car booked I think we'd both stay.

The best thing about central park (well one of them - there's so many) are the fireflies, which we saw last night. They come out at dusk and are like little sparks jumping up from the grass - a fascinating site to see. All the New Yorkers in the Sheep Meadow could probably spot that we were tourists just by looking at us gawping at insects - but we didn't care!

I still have loads to tell you - about the South Sea Port, about the room, about Central Park, about Coney Island about how wicked New Yorkers are in general (I like New York - can you tell?!?) but time is running out and I need to email people and book a hostel and important stuff like that!!

Not sure when I can update next, I guess it depends on if we get lost going to Niagara (due there Tuesday evening) but driving a car around here should be an adventure in itself - we're both looking forward to it and a bit scared as well tbh but I'm sure we'll get there one way or another!

Well, we managed to pick the car up fine from New Jersey Airport today. Arrived there fairly easily via the coach that takes you to the airport. They had a huge queue of people waiting for a group D car so they palmed us off with a bright red Ford Mustang convertible which answered all of Lee's dreams.

We managed to negotiate ourselves out of the airport with Lee at the helm and also managed to navigate our way towards Niagara. We got as far as Seneca falls via Route 20 and pitched up in a Microtel for the evening.
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olddaddy on

The Americans
Don't worry about the swearing. I also know some really nice Americans. It always amazes me that people that nice can choose someone like Bush to be their leader. Perhaps they were having an 'off day'.

cmorton on

soooo jealous
Hi, glad to hear you're both enjoying yourselves. I'm so impressed that you've managed to post loads. I've started new job & I'm very jealous that you're travelling - I know where I'd rather be! But the job is good - really! Have a great time - claire x

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