September 7th, 2007 – by: Merely
I know how to swaddle a baby now, yay!
One of the three days of the au-pair training was spent on the island of Manhattan in New York
. After a very early breakfast Dijana, Sulocana, Linda, Mr. Rob and I set off to catch a train that would bring us to New York. The first thing we did once in New York was to have our picture taken. This was a day of photographs, one photograph after another, at the end of the day we were all sick and tired of having our pictures taken, but just as Mr. Rob said, now I'm glad he did.
We arrived in Madison Station, from there we almost ran to the Empire State Building, while having our pictures taken on almost every corner we passed. We spent some time on the Empire State Building, but since it was still quite early in the morning there was fog hanging over Manhattan, so a lot of buildings were hidden in the fog.
in front of Macy's
Little by little the fog started clearing up, but after a few rounds of the Empire State Building we decided that it was time to go back down and enjoy New York from the ground. From the Empire State Building we sped off to the public library. We waited there for some time only to decide it wasn't worth waiting for another half an hour till the library would open, so we walked on. Our next stop was on Times Square, I've always seen the lightboards on tv, but never imagined that it would be so vast. From Times Square we walked over to Central Park; the little of Central Park that I've seen made quite an impression on me. Eventhough it isn't at all comparable to the parks I saw in China the way that Central Park is situated and great is quite impressive. Also the fact that it isn't full of buildings yet is very remarkable.
first view of Manhattan out of the train station
Rikshaws aren't only to be found in Asian countries, as I had always thought, but there are also rikshaws to be found on the Island of Manhattan. The difference between these rikshaws and the ones in China was that these wouldn't keep on bugging us after we'd said that we don't need a rikshaw.
The Trump Building was our next stop, this was followed by the Rockefeller center. Since we had to see so much in one day we didn't really take the time to look at things. We always just took enough time to pose and have a picture taken and then we took off at a rather fast pace to the next point of interest. Saint Patrick's Cathedral was the next after the Rockefeller Center. We didn't have to run that much from the Rockefeller center to reach Saint Patrick's since they are oposite each other.
View from Empire State Building I
Cental Station with the famous clock was the next place to have our photograph taken. From Central Station we took the subway to Ground Zero. Wallstreet and the bull were the next two stops.
The Staten Island Ferry took us quite close to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty, I must say, disappointed me in her size; she was a lot smaller than I had expected. I guess she is like the Mona Lisa; everybody is also always taken aback by her small size.
A nice view of the Brooklyn Bridge was the next on our agenda. And then Chinatown! If it were not the case that all the signs there were bilingual and the architecture was completely different I would've almost felt as if I were back in China. It was very interesting to see how deep the Chinese culture is still rooted in the old Chinese immigrants but also how they had adapted to the American style of life.
From Chinatown our path brought us to Little Italy where one could see a similar mixture and clash of cultures as in Chinatown only it was the Italian culture this time. Before we knew it we were in SoHo, I was quite disappointed by SoHo, I guess I was expecting it to look a lot like SoHo in London. This might be due to the fact that we only stayed on the main street of SoHo and did not really venture into SoHo, this will have to wait till my next visit of NYC. On our way back to the station we made a last stop at the Flat Iron Building. From there we walked through a neighborhood where I wouldn't feel too safe if I were walking on my own. When we finally got back to Madison Station we were all very tired and completely sick of having our photographs taken.
Back in New Jersey we first drove over to IKEA to have dinner, but unfortunately IKEA-restaurant was closed when we got there so we ended up in Ruby Tuesdays. I think that by that time we were all crosseyed with hunger. Once our stomachs were filled up life started looking cheerful again.