Well. Today was my third day in New York
. I ended up moving from the hostel in Harlem
into a rather lovely one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which is loads better. Its more like sharing a flat as there are guys who live here permanently, having turned their spare rooms into dorms. Everyone is really friendly and the neighbourhood has a great laid-back feel to it. My first day here I spent in the Natural History Museum and at Central Park. I really enjoyed the museum but didn't think it was as good as the one in London. For a start, it relied too heavily on stuffed specimens of various different animals. This was cool to start with as without seeing an example you don't get a real sense of the size of some of these animals.
Some of the grazing animals in particular were surprisingly huge. Oh yeah, and another reason it wasn't as good as London is that it cost about $20 to get in!! Whats that all about?! I also found the amount of small children pretty irritating. There were a considerable number of them who were seven or under and its not a terribly hands-on museum so all they did was make alot of noise. This tested my patience. Of which I have little.
Yesterday I had an incredibly laid back day, I think the jetlag caught up with me so I found myself unable to get out of bed until around midday, then it took me a further 2-3 hours to leave the flat! So all I really did was visit Chinatown, the Lower East Side and mooch around the local area. A few of us went out in search of some live jazz last night but to no avail, all we could find was a crappy emo band and a strange indie bunch which included a violin.
I had a mooch but it was waaaaay out of my price range.
I had another big lie-in this morning and then this afternoon it finally happened. It was inevitable really. I went shopping. Nicola told me about this place called Century 21 where you can get discount designer stuff and cheap clothing in general so I came back with two pairs of shoes (about $10 each for some which are usually around 50 quid back home), a work skirt, some trousers and two dresses. This does not include my trip to American Eagle which resulted in three tops, a pair of shorts and two dresses. So yeh, luckily it was all super cheap. No complaining mum!!!
Fortunately, I have a job arranged commencing the day following my flight home. Its back at the council again and I only intend it to be short term until I've paid back mum and dad what I owe them and found myself a job in Bristol. I have deferred my place on the Science Comms course until 2010. Fingers crossed I can get out of Leicester ASAP because there isn't going to be anyone left! Joanne is going to London, as is Jelena, Nicola has moved to the US and I'm no longer with Nick. So yeh, going to be some boredom coming my way! Quite looking forward to seeing everyone now though. Not that I've missed you all or anything, ho hum.