I **heart** NYC
Trip Start Apr 09, 2006
148Trip End Jun 09, 2007
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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).