I wanna be a part of it.....
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We decided to forgo the pleasures of the Greyhound bus and get the bus to New York with Bolt Bus, as fantastic bus which had leather seats and wifi for about 1/3 the price of the Greyhound! The arrived into Chinatown in the middle of the day and it was absolute mayhem. We jossled past people selling fake watches, sunglasses and designer handbags out of cardboard boxes, and tried to avoid hitting people with our backpacks which was not an easy task in itself! After a quick snack at Burger King, where the server asked if we were going camping (??), we made our way to the hostel, an easy subway ride away.
Our hostel is huge, the biggest in the USA with about 600 beds. Yesterday was the date of a bike New York event, so it was very busy, and we had some enthusiatic middle aged women in our room. Unfortunately their enthusiasm for starting each day at 7am by having a very loud conversation in the dorm room has led to us being grumpy most mornings as neither of us can understand how they could be so rude. In fact unfortunatly everyone in our dorm room has been very rude, talking in loud voices when people are sleeping etc.
On our first proper day in New York we met up with my cousin Jess and were shown round the mid town area where she is staying. We had a brief look at Times Square which we hope to visit again at night time for the lights, and saw the 'man who plays guitar wearing his pants' which was just creepy. It was a grotty weather day but we had a lovely day, finished off with a meal and NEW YORK CHEESECAKE WOOOO!
Although we bought a travelcard, we wanted to make sure we walked through New York too, althought it would be impossible to walk everywhere, it's huge! We went back to Chinatown where we had got off the bus, to experience the chaos without the burden of backpacks.
The ferry over to Statten Island is free and takes you right past the Statue of Liberty which you can't climb up anymore, so we walked down to the ferry terminal to join the crowd of other people with the same plan.
The weather seemed to perk up abit on Sunday so we took a stroll around Central Park and enjoyed the sun. On our way down to the park we walked into the middle of a Mexican festival parade which was fun and interesting even if we didn't have a clue what was going on! We especially 'enjoyed' the Mexican style morris dancers!
Central Park isn't like I expected, it has many different sections, wooded areas, open spaces and formal gardens. Although it was quite busy, it never seemed crowded or noisy which was a very pleasant surprise.
In the evening we met up with Jess again and went to a free comedy night we had seen advertised. We couldn't hear half the acts because they weren't talking loudly enough and they spoke soooo fast, but the MC was hilarious and we had a good night. Unfortuntely time ticked on (as it does), and before we knew it we had to go, as all 3 of us had early starts in the morning.