Way hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we're on our way ...

Trip Start Sep 19, 2002
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Trip End Sep 22, 2003


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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Way Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're on our way at last. Sorry it has taken a while to start this imfamous travelogue but like everything in NY internet access is expensive. We have now found out its free in the public library.

Anyway we are in the Big Apple, probably home to the most unfriendly people in the world but ask us again in a year!

We arrived safe and sound and wimped out and went straight to a hotel at the airport. This was nice and easy for the first night. The biggest thing that happened here and could turn out to be the highlight of the trip was bumping into Paul Daniels and Debbie Magee at dinner. We walked into the buffet and Paul said......."Your gonna like that, not a lot" and he was right.

Friday 20th we set off on the Subway for the City and to try and find our hostel(what a come down from the Radisson). It was at this point we realised that either our bags were to big or our bodies too puny. To kick a man when he is down we were told our room was on the 5th floor and no lift. Central Park Hostel is Ok if a little noisy.(Private room with shared bathroom $75 per night) Married life is not the same in bunkbeds. The Hostel is about 100 yards from Central Park where we have spent many hours reading and sunbathing cos this is free.

Saturday 21st we went to the Museum of the Native American (Free!!) and then went on a walking tour of the Financial district (free again). We also got into american life by having breakfast in the park. Like everything else here this is huge. A cwarfee or hat chacklit and a bagel or danish for about $2 each although this varies alot depending on where you are. The drinks come in a pint cup and the danish with an arm brace to help you lift it. After lunch we went on the Staten Island Ferry (free - are you catching a theme here?) where you get a good view of the Statue of Liberty and the NY skyline. The Statue cannot be climbed at the moment so we didn't stop.

Sunday 22nd and we decided to go to the Empire State Building, after cwafee of course. You have to go up 2 different lifts to get to the viewing deck and the views are amazing. I have to say at this point that our plans for skydiving and bungee jumping in NZ have been put in serious doubt after looking over the edge.
Now one of the major things about this trip is to try the cuisine of the countries we visit. So when in NY you have to try.......Ethiopian?! This was a real experience to say the least. Before I describe it I need you to think about taking up an old carpet and seeing the foam backing that has fallen off. Now amagine this folded up and served with every meal you have and you have a good picture of Ethiopian food!!!

Anyway I've run out of time now so I'll continue this another day.

TTFN

Pip and Red
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