New York in 300 minutes

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The following morning I was starving and although I'd had too much beer, wine, spirits the night before, I got ready, checked out and met Natasha in the lobby.

Breakfast was amazing and huge. I sat there waking up with a cup of tea, my first since landing and it warmed me nicely. Natasha quickly ran through what we were going to do and we finished up breakfast and jumped on the Metro. Natasha sat down on the train and I must have been taking it all in because when turned back she was talking to a women sat next to her like they were best friends. I asked her, "Do you guys know each other?" and they replied "No!" followed by the smile that most American's give me when they realise I sound like someone from Four Weddings and a Funeral =) No, I'll end speculation right now - I sound English!

Central park was cold and it reminded me of the UK.
From the Empire State building
We wandered around for a while, chatting and enjoying the spring sunshine - Nat was keeping an eye out for anyone suspicious because I was armed with my Nikon DSLR and accessories. I reasoned that given the number of police that I'd seen in the 10 minutes I'd been in the park; 4 police cars, 2 police motor bikes and 2 other's on foot there wasn't likely to be any trouble!

By 11 am we were outside the Empire States building and heading up to the top. In the elevator were some Danish guys. I just love the fact that because only 5 million people live in Denmark, their citizens feel they can talk openly about any subject because the chance that someone else will understand them is rare. Wrong! By the time we reached the top the place was awash with people from Denmark.
Central Park in Winter
I felt like I was in Europe, until I walked to the side and WOW! What a view! So many tall buildings bending around the bottom of the tower with perspective. The weather was perfect for the viewing and a light haze was all that diminished the view of Manhattan and the surrounding islands.

By midday, Natasha had guided me to Time Square and to where Jeff was waiting for us in a sports cafe. Jeff was smarted up fresh from his job at the bank. We sat and had the worst burger in history and I managed to loose my filters for my camera. By 2pm, I'd seen the park, Time Square, the Rockerfeller Centre, ridden on the Metro and been up the Empire States building! There was just enough time to catch my taxi to JFK to catch my flight to Mexico. Needless to say I slept on the plane!
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From the Empire State building
From the Empire State building
Central Park in Winter
Central Park in Winter
Rocker Feller centre...
Rocker Feller centre...
Not seen the sun in 10 months or s…
Not seen the sun in 10 months or …
This could easily be the UK
This could easily be the UK
Love that traditional Yellow colou…
Love that traditional Yellow colo…
New York
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