Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
15Trip End Jun 29, 2011
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My little trip's first stop was New York City. I used a free flight with Southwest via Rapid Rewards to get to Long Island Airport (only free flight available) and then I was going to take trains to Manhattan from there. Unfortunately, my flight was delayed just long enough to miss the only train going to the city for the next 2 hours. I had to jump in a cab and get to the Babylon train stop to catch up with train system... So I eventually made it to my hostel by 2:15am, after a pretty rough start and some cab money I wasn't expecting to pay. Right away, I realized this is the city that doesn’t sleep. Even at 2am, the subway was jam packed with all sorts of “entertaining” people. Even at my late hour and with my bright yellow North Face duffel bag, I never felt too un-safe. I'd also like to point out that the locals I talked to always were happy to point me in the right direction and chat it up for a bit... they're just super sarcastic, which I can appreciate. So much for the New York attitude stereotype.
Next morning in my hostel was a guy from Jersey who goes to the hostel once a week to escape living with his parents... fair enough I guess. The hostel was clean and I only had to share the room with one other bed. I took a stroll through central park, which is really an amazing place situated between some monster buildings. Tons of people were trying to get in they're daily work out, including Waldo.
I was able to meet up with my cousin Maren, and her fiance, Brad , who live in New York. We spent a nice day walking Times Square and everything else within the vicinity, including getting a cupcake at Crumbs and taking a picture of some giant keyboard for Ashley. Maren and Brad were awesome, but we had to part ways.
The next day I went to the top of the Rock (Rockefeller Building). It was a gorgeous day and I got a super view. Waldo kept getting in my way for the photos, but what can I say? He's a ham for the camera.
I asked a NYPD cop where he likes to increase the size of his gut with some good local pizza and I headed over to Pronto Pizza and stuffed myself good. Pizza, bagels and hot dogs were all I ate when I was in NYC.
I stopped by the Modern Museum of Art (MoMA) where I gazed at THE Starry Night by Van Gogh , along with some other amazing displays. I'm usually not one for modern art, but I'm glad I hit this museum up.
I was getting dark and I felt like being adventures so I walked through Central Park at night all the way back to my hostel. Once again, I never saw any danger, but I did see a band that covered Beatles songs and had about 30 people singing along with them. I was lucky enough to walk by during Hey Jude... awesome
Next day I went to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty. The line to get the ticket was about 45 min. Then the line to get on the ferry was about 2 HOURS!!! The people behind me were from Glasgow, Scotland (Go Rangers) where my mum is from. I tried talking to them, but I don’t even think they can understand each other with those thick accents. After all the waiting, I still would recommend seeing it to anyone. Its one of those goose-bump giving, awe inspiring monuments that you should see if you're in the area. (I think at least).
So after the long day of Liberty Island and Elise Island, I made a quick stop by Wall Street, but no one wanted to give me money, so I got out of there. I was running late because I found out it took longer than I thought to get to JFK. I was “quick like grasshopper” and made it there on time, just to find out my flight is 3 hours delayed... so now I'm sitting here in JFK waiting to see Robert and Ryan in Spain. Bummed on the delay, but too stoked on the destination to let it get me down.
Pray for swell!!