After spending 2 weeks in Tennessee I was more than ready for a change of scene. Left Wednesday afternoon for a 24 hour and 25mins bus ride, heading for NYC.
They dropped me off at Port Authority Station and after a bit of a hiccup (more like me having a mini freak out) I finally made my way to Penn Station where I met up with @Visceral
, and what a sight he was
. At last something familiar in this city. From that moment on, I was stress free (well until the day I left, but more on that in a bit). My energy was pretty much depleted Thursday night when I came in, and it was the first time I went to bed early, but unfortunately it was also my first day of sleeping in. Sorry Will.
Friday we travelled into New York City. We did A LOT of walking, mostly because it was the fastest mode of doing anything. The weather was perfect; we walk past the usual places like Radio City Music Hall, Time Square, Madame Tussauds, Rockerfella Centre, New York Times, Tiffany & Co and so on, pausing only long enough to take a photo or two before moving on.No breakfast
After that we headed to the docks and did a 30 min tour on a speed boat called The Beast, which is a custom-built 70-foot offshore racing powerboat, which travelled up to 45mph. Will asked me my height and at first I was confused as to why, until I turned around and noticed on a board the height requirement (40Ē or 100cm). I was more than tall enough for it, Iím not that short Will
. It was an awesome ride and if youíre ever in New York City I do recommend it!The BeastWill and I in front of Ms Liberty
By then we were a little late in meeting up with @rupertjeff
for dinner. After the delicious meal we headed to the Empire State Building. We were short on time, and used the express line to get up there eventhough it meant paying extra it was worth it. Instead of waiting 2 and a half hours in line, we waited no more than about 10-15 mins. From the top of Empire State Building
The view from the top to me can only be described as magical, the fact that it was jam packed full of people still didnít ruin my time up there. Thank you very much Jeff for coming out with us that night, it was awesome to meet you for the first time.Jeff and I
Saturday (slept in.. again) but we were taking it easy, Will took me around to some places on Long Island; his neck of the woods and I think my most enjoyable time was going into a musical store and watch him play with various musical instruments \\m// YOU ROCK WILL!
Dinner that night was at 5 Guys! I think it was recommended in a RT Podcast and the food was deliciousÖ mm 5 Guys. The rest of that night was me spending a couple of hours trying to pack my things away, so that I only had one luggage and one carry on, for a girl I donít even know how I pulled that off but I did.
Thank you Will, these mere words cannot even convey how thankful I really am, because you help make my dream of wanting to go to NYC since I was 16 come true, not just for being such an awesome tour guide but also for the friendship. Hopefully, I can visit again in the future so that we can check out some of the other places that we didnít have enough time to visit.
I am so very glad that I made the decision to go to America; even so soon after I had an operation on my finger. And yes, I did intentionally hurt my finger so it could be operated on, just so I could go to America and flip yíall off! *rolls eyes*.
This is one trip and experience I donít think I will ever forget