Instead I'm getting over a cold and it's humid as hell - NYC doesn't seem to agree with me!
Anyway, if you read the last New York post you'll know that Mum and I basically tried to cram as much of this city into 4 days as we could. That means that I've already done a lot of the touristy stuff and could take it a bit easier this time.
Also, the place I'm staying has a washing machine! (Everyone's like "oooh, a washing machine, how exciting" but you come to value them traveling so much. My current fantasy consists of arriving in Italy... because I'll be able to unpack my stuff)
Day 1 was a pretty relaxed affair. I had a laid back morning then tripped into the city (I'm staying in Brooklyn) to visit the New York Public Library. Awesomely I got off at Grand Central Station so I got to have a peek inside.
It really is a very pretty station.
I wandered out of Grand Central and around the corner to the library. It took me a while to find the books!
I also passed through Washington Park. Children were cooling off in the fountain.
I arrived at the Red Lion - a Welsh pub where the couchsurfers were. The wings were delicious and after we'd had our fill we popped over to Wicked Willy's for some karaoke.
|Even though you can't see any of the people in these photos.|
Including this guy, with his whip.
The Met performed as usual, these were some of my favourites though I've never managed to do the whole museum thoroughly.
|Sneaky snack - also, you can't really go to NYC and not have pizza|
It started raining again and he was late so our evening began with a mad dash through stormy New York streets to the South Steert Seaport to get a ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty. The rain had eased off so we got to stand outside to make the most of it.
|She really isn't that big!|
|The city from a distance|
After that it was off to feed our hungry bellies at a Thai place - it was delicious and we stayed far too late chatting. I also managed to destroy the soap dispenser in the bathroom and get most of it on myself. I still have no idea how this happened.
We finished off the night with a trip to Times Square, as touristy as that is. Ryan told me something that someone had told him - don't take a girl out in NYC, you have to compete with the city and you won't win. He said this right around when I trailed off for the fourth time while looking up at all the lights... whoops.
|The Freedom Tower (testament to 9/11) all lit up in patriotic colours for the 4th of July|
|It was just after midnight at this point, and thus the fourth of July|
As a tourist I have no problem with that as I think I'd find it hard to get any more depth from the holiday anyway. So, in true American tradition I met up with the couchsurfing group yet again - this time for a 200 strong BBQ in Prospect Park.
|Of course there were red solo cups.|
|This is actually our chef being interviewed by a Japanese TV station (so they said)|
|This was a pretty arch near the park|
|And a pretty fountain|
|Pretty sunset over the Hudson|
|Smoke lit up by the Trump Towers post-explosions|
The next day I did housekeeping in the morning then headed to JFK for my flight to London.
Not a bed send off from the US of A!
P.S: half of this was written while I was in NYC and the other half was written a month later, so please forgive any random present/past tense changes.