New York 2004, extended weekend trip
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March 7th, 2004 – by: Zen
When we first arrived the weather was pretty horrible, with rain and low cloud cover for most of the time we were there. Our first impression was "Wow", we both felt almost a little weird in New York. I suppose we felt kind of dwarfed by the size of the buildings and the roads, no wonder New Yorkers find everything tiny when they come to Europe. We tried to spend the maximum amount of time out seeing things. By the time we had dinner on the first evening I was feeling so jet-lagged I nearly fell asleep over my Fajitas in the restaurant. And that's not an exaggeration for dramatic effect, I really was. We tried to make the most of our time in New York, so I don't really remember exactly what we did when (hence everything under this date), but we managed to fit a lot in.Among the things we did were Fifth Avenue, the World Financial Canter, Chinatown and Little Italy, Central park, the UN, Wall Street, Washington Square, Times Square and Broadway, the Rockefeller Center and the Flat Iron building, and I'm sure there was more I forgot. One of the highlights in my opinion though was an Ethiopian restaurant we went to. Not really anything to do with New York directly, but it was one of the best restaurants I've been to... We were very lucky with the weather clearing up just in time for our trip up the Empire State Building and the following day when we went to see Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and and the South Street Seaport. The day before we left we managed to cram in a quick visit to Macy's. It was a full trip, but I don't think anything else would have done in that case. I am just amazed at how quickly both Matt and I fell in love with New York.
One of the things that struck me most was just how familiar New York feels. Maybe it's because America is not really shockingly different from Europe in the first place. But I think it also has something to do with the fact that you see so much of New York in movies and in sitcoms. You get so used to it even before you get there, you don't really feel you have left home when you are finally there. Strange feeling: You go somewhere you've never been before and feel like you have - many times.
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