American Dream July the 4th.. Plan ahead

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 16, 2012

Flag of United States  , New York
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Emma and I checked into our Hostel late Tuesday night, exhausted but excited at the same time. Determined to get a good night sleep for an action packed day July the 4th! Our first impressions were that we liked the hostel very much. It was comfortable and staff were extremely friendly. 
 The next morning we were treated to an American style breakfast. We stared in awe and laughed at the funny names of the spreads and jams. I made my first friend, the house cat who walked into the kitchen and promptly chose to sit on my lap, and Emma noted some of our cereals contained marshmallows.  We would have been satisfied with the initial spread of cereal, toast juices and coffee (we were the first to get up at 7:00) however, the food shortly began to multiply into eggs, homemade waffle, and doghnuts.... Thankfully we had finished our breakfast and were full before these temptations began. 

Our goal (and only goal) that we had planned for the day was a visit to Times Square - We set upon this plan, with the assistance of our map, and help of directions from a passing room-mate. Set, confident and excited we step forth into the unknown. Within a few steps from out hostel we encountered a friendly but mute man who rode up to us on his pink bicycle to give us a 'hi five'. I snapped a photo of him as he rode away, his statue of liberty headpiece making him stand out a bit. 

We enjoyed our leisurely walk, stopping at places of interest along the way; Souvenir stores, H&M, a Post Medieval Cemetery and many more, however, and after 3 hours we were stopped by a body of water and realised we had not reached our destination. We were on the right street, Broadway but had in fact been walking in the wrong direction. Undeterred by this misdemeanour we decided that Battery park in fact a nice place, and we were glad we were there. Almost as happy as we would have been if we had ended up in the place we intended to go. From Battery Park We could take to Ferry to the Statue of Liberty, as we were there why not. A perfect July the 4th Activity as it was so muggy and hot it would be nice to be on the water. We then were taken to Ellis Island to look at the Immigration museum( and bask in the glory of their air conditioning). 
 
After we returned to New York, we had to get out of the heat so we went caught the subway to grand Central Station. Our plan had still been to go to Times square afterwards, however we instead returned  to our hostel in the late afternoon, exhausted. As we had heard that their were celebrations on Hudson river (Including Fireworks) we headed down after dinner. Their were thousands and thousands of people and we never made it down to the river bank to watch the show. There were just too many people and policemen stopping everyone from going down nearly every street. On every corner there were multiple police, crowd controlling and barking directions at pedestrians and cars! It was chaotic and very overwhelming. We did however still get to see most of the fireworks and they were pretty specatular.
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Shae's DAD on

Great news that the hostel is comfortable and you and Emma are exploring NYC.

Shae's DAD on

Looked at the maps of your hike around to Battery Point Park and at that location you were about 1 kilometer from the historic "Brooklyn Bridge" this was a major engineering achievement in the 1800's and is featured on my DVD "Seven Wonders of the Industrial World". Your hostel is in a great location.

shaeh
shaeh on

Thanks Dad, We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge today... It was surprisingly long walk.
Love Shae xo

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