NYC...the 3rd visit

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Sep 10, 2008


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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hey,
So, on my day off last week i just took it easy. I went to the King of Prussia mall (the second biggest mall in the US i think), and just looked around at the shops. Its a big place with 2 parts to it, so it was good to see really expensive stores like Louis Vuitton and stuff. I also went to the movies and saw Sex and the City again, (i saw it in Australia before i left) and it was great to watch it again, be by myself for once and enjoy my day how i wanted to do it. It was even better watching the movie because i had been to NYC now and feel like i understood the feeling of the movie and even the show better by experiencing the city myself. Its hard to explain, but once you see New York and take in all of the atmosphere around you, you just understand the city better than any movie, travel show or tv show could possibly try to show you so it was great to watch a New York based movie after visiting it.
Anyway, since i relaxed on that day off, i decided that i wanted to either go to NYC again, since there was so much to see still there. But i was only going to do that if the weather was good, because all last week it rained from July 4-July 9th off and on and i didn't want crap photos of places when i could get good ones another time. So i woke up on Thursday morning and luckily for me it was beautiful outside.
I took the train in at about 8.30am this time, and caught the $20 return Chinese bus from Chinatown at 10am. I was in NYC just before 12 so i had the whole day to do what i wanted to. I decided to not see alot like last time but stick to one part with a few things in it, but i wanted to leave a few things for after camp so i didn't go up very high like to Times Square or anything so i have something to look forward to in a month so i've left a few things out till then.  Anyway, i walked from Chinatown, which is basically where the Manhattan Bridge is, and went down to thw World Trade Center site. It was the most eerie place i think i will ever go, unless i go to Poland or something and see Auschwitz or other concentration camps, cos that would be the only other place to compare the feeling the WTC gives you. Its not as big as i expected standing there, but they have been building so i guess it was originally bigger. But its still a large area to picture the two towers in. It was weird because i was watching all the people who were walking past me and i guess to them the WTC site is kinda like old news, cos they didn't really look at it like us tourists were and it just showed me how New Yorkers although greatly affected by it have seemed to have moved on from it more than i thought they would have. It was just something i noticed though. Something else i couldn't help thinking about was that every street that i was in that was near the WTC site was covered in dust that day and here i am standing there like nothing ever happened. It was really weird to think about it like that but its true and hard to imagine when your standing right there.
Afterwards i went to the WTC memorial center, and they had alot of stuff about what the WTC was like that made it so good, the 1993 bombing, the whole 9/11 thing from the pentagon, pennsylvania, and WTC, so there was alot. They had some things from the WTC rubble, which was very sickening to see knowing how it got there like the picture i've included. They had the missing flyers the families made to find the victims all plastered on the wall too so it was hard to read them cos it makes you want to cry looking at the life they left behind. Then they had a big wall with all the victims names from 1993-9/11, and then a big glass wall case with all of the victims pictures, personal items and things like that. You really just felt like crying looking at all that, it was very moving but terrible aswell cos you know that they were just unlucky to be there. it was a really sad memorial really, and i noticed they had a box of tissues on the seat which i've never seen before but maybe they do that at all memorials, it was just something that caught my eye. I'm really glad i went there though.
When i finished there, i walked across to Wall st, which was only like a few minutes walk. And i saw the NYC stock exchange. I saw the New York Stock Exchange, but you can't go inside obviously, and the Federal Building, where in front of the George Washington statue, in 'Ghost' Patrick Swayze makes Whoopi Goldberg give the nuns her cheque, so it was great to stand where they once stood. Wall st is really a different part of NYC i felt. The have the street blocked off in front of the NYSE and have tables and chairs there and its so pretty with all the old buildings. I really noticed a difference there than any other part i've been to so far so it was really nice to be there, especially since i've got no financial interest at all :)
I then walked up to where the Brooklyn Bridge is and walked across it and back. I was so excited. Its the one bridge apart from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco that i'd wanted to see so it was great. It was more than i expected from a bridge, and there were people on bikes who like zipped past you on their side and people walking on the other, cars and taxis and trucks below on the lower part and just seeing this construction so old and famous was just too cool. It really was. I will hopefully get a chance to go back on it before i leave NYC after camp. And i guess i expected it to be longer, but it really isn't a huge huge bridge to walk across like you'd expect, it only took me about an hour or so to walk up and back. But i wasn't disappointed so it was truly awesome to do that. And the views...Statue of Liberty and Staten island in the distance, Empire State Building, and the NYC skyline. But walking up the bridge and seeing it before me was just so exciting, i will never forget it.
I walked back to Chinatown because it was about 5pm, and found the location of the Ghostbusters Headquarters. So that was pretty cool. There were real firefighters in the fire station and i kinda hid from them as i took the picture in case they thought i was taking it of them :)
I ended up getting really lost in Chinatown though, and finally after an hour found where i had to go, but it was so stressful, especially because everything is in Chinese and i was on the right street but couldn't tell if the street continued or stopped because the shop addresses were all in Chinese, but i found it and took the 8pm bus back and made it back to camp at about midnight. It was a really good day out and i did it on my own...so mum you don't have to worry about me like you think when i start traveling if i can manage in New york all by myself :)
Anyway, that was my day and i really can't wait to go there after camp.

Take Care, and love to all,

Toni
 
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