I **heart** NYC

Trip Start Apr 09, 2006
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Trip End Jun 09, 2007


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Thursday, April 13, 2006

New York City has long been one of my favorite destinations. I'm lucky enough to have been here several times before, yet I feel as if each visit is new. During previous visits, I did the typical New York things....I have a few friends here & we just hung out, shopped, ate & drank fabulouso fare. The usual. The mix of people are always a fascination for me. Riding the subway between Mr. Conservative Wall Street Guy and Ms. Hispanic with Red 'Fro, Purple Sweats and Red Pumps somehow makes me happy. Mind you, Ms. Hispanic is not poor - one can see the fine line between poverty and a determined fashion statement.

Although I've said this trip is about traveling and not tourism, I was definitely a tourist here in The Big Apple.

I did spend some time walking around my favorite districts & shopping. YES, shopping. OK, to tell the truth I actually made zero purchases, but I had a great time looking and trying on. Even though I know I don't have room for a single additional garment it didn't stop me from seriously considering the purchase of one particular pair of jeans (which, btw, were a STEAL!).

Most of my time, however, was spent visiting a few of the NYC landmarks that no true New Yorker would ever find themselves near. First, I went to the Empire State Building at sunset. Of course the lines and tickets and elevators and more lines meant that it was a four hour adventure. As you know, I'm not really in a rush. Yes, the tourists got on my very last nerve. But, in the end, it was indeed a wonderful view of a wonderfully beautiful city.

The next day was spent entirely on a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our lady in the harbor is quite a site, although I must admit that she was smaller than I expected. Passes for visits into the base of the statue were long gone when I arrived at Battery Park at 8:15AM. However, I took one of the free Ranger-led tours when I arrived and found it very....fun. The guide was a hippy-of-a-hoot & I got a pic with him. At the end of the tour he slipped me a free pass so I got to go up after all.

I met an Ozzie bloke who shared my 6-bed dorm room. John is 28 and is doing some traveling between working in Vietnam & returning home to Australia. As is typical of the many interim relationships that I will form with future travelers, John and I immediately hit it off & became the best of friends for...all of about 12 hours. He was reading a David Sedaris that I recently finished that is pretty funny & everything fell out from there. He very much enjoyed the shirt I brought to sleep in - some friends talked me in to buying it from a bar just before I left CLT. The front of it says "I need it", which is the name of their signature martini. I told him I'd have one shipped to him if we meet up again when I'm in Oz.

Again, no pictures are uploaded. I promise to upload some over the weekend or maybe from KMart's house (I'm headed off tomorrow for Boston & will stay with an old friend Friday night).
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lawjdml
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don't you love...
tourists bitching about other tourists?

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