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  • Day8

    Travelling to New York City

    April 20 in the United States

    Today we left Boston (not before having a „real“ breakfast in an American dinner) and headed to New York. I have to admit that everything I lived today was something that I had seen only in the movies before: the American dinner - with pancakes and coffee -, the Greyhound „that takes you wherever you want“, the city of New York. The bus left us in Manhattan. Having an hour delay (mostly in New York), we got a chance to see parts of the city. Yes, Boston was really special, but New York is f...ing crazy! You can not understand until you have seen it. Light and noise and people and cars and...life. 100% Life. I do not know if happy or sad or poor or rich... it is just pure LIFE!
    First stop was Hard Rock Cafe - directly in Times Square. Good drinks and food - but still not better than the one in Bucharest. Or maybe I am just subjective?! We just got to our apartment - a very nice one in Brooklyn area. Eight days are waiting ahead...and we are eager to live every single one of them.
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  • Day9

    Dreams come true.

    Yesterday in the United States

    Beautiful, emotional day today!
    Since my first memories of US, I had three things I wanted to see: Brooklyn Bridge, WTC (before the tragedy) and Empire State Building. Today I saw them all! We started by crossing the Brooklyn Bridge (first opened in 1883) to Lower Manhattan. From there we could see an impressive, extraordinary view over the island!
    Once in Lower Manhattan, we headed to Ground Zero. I have to say I am still astonished by what people can do to each other. It was for me very intense to be there... I found it very appropriate the way they built the monuments: twin Memorial pools, located in the footprints of the Twin Towers, surrounded by bronze parapets where they inscribed the names of the 2983 people killed in the attacks. For me it really was more than just a place to check on the NY to do list: it was a reminder that everything can stop in a second. So brutally and sudden...
    In the evening we decided to „climb“ the top of Empire State Building (up to 86th floor) A dream come true for me! The view of New York by night leaves you speechless. There is nothing much you can do or say, than just be amazed. It is a joy for the eyes, as well as for the hearts of those who dreamt about it since they were teenagers.
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  • Day10

    Another day in NY City

    Today in the United States

    As if there were not enough special things here, the People of New York decided to create the High Line. The High Line is a former (elevated) rail trail transformed now into a "living system". It has approximately 2,4km and is situated in the western part of Manhattan. Trees, flowers and grass, places where you can sit and enjoy the sun, listen to live music...everything above the earth, in between the blocks and buildings of Manhattan.
    As today was a very warm day, we continued our outdoor activities by enjoying Central Park West. Part of it, of course, as it has more than 16ha. Once again, knowing it from so many movies, it felt so familiar even though I never been there. Surrounded by all those high buildings it offers, like everything else in this „crazy“ town, incredible sights.
    The evening ended with us going into a local Jazz Bar (Cleopatra’s Needle - (recommended also by National Geographic) where we listened to great music, enjoyed the atmosphere and of course a glass of wine.
    Tomorrow will be the hottest day of our stay here. With the hope that it will be as great as the others, I am looking forward to it.
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  • Day4

    Getting there

    July 1, 2017 in the United States

    Our alarm woke us at 5:30am and we were off and running; showers, breakfast, taxi, airport. Even with Saturday morning airport traffic and airport self check in machines that ALWAYS require us to line up again and speak with a "helpful customer service officer", we still made it with plenty of time.
    It turns out I am a nevous flyer. It's not that I'm scared or worried about the plane crashing, I'm scared and worried about being trapped in my seat, locked in with my children for hours and hours. Tom bought me a stomach calming juice which was heavy on ginger, but it didn't really ease my anxiety.
    We boarded our flight through the business class entry and followed the business class path to the top entrance of the plane. Tom loved it! Unfortunatley that's where the glamour ended. We had great cattle class seats upstairs on an A380. Upstairs is all of first class, business class, premium economy, then about 8 rows of economy, that's all! So we felt a bit special.
    Since our trip last year, Adalia has fostered an enormous fear of plane toilets. I think she thought she was going to be sucked down with the loud swoosh noise they make when you flush. So you can imagine my joy when I needed to take her for the first time. She SCREAMED, placed her hands on either side of the door to block both and would not budge. I somehow got her in and closed the door, but there was so much screaming. I assured her that I wouldn't flush until after she had gone back to her seat and somehow I got her to go. I was so embarrassed to find waiting outside the door was a flight attendent and Tom who were worried about all the screaming!!
    The kids would not sleep on the first flight so my anxiety was growing, we wanted to keep them up on the second leg to get them a bit better adjusted to the different time zone. I think in the end they both slept maybe an hour at the most.
    When the "cabin crew were preparing for landing", Adalia had a sudden onset of stomach cramps and was once again screaming. I don't know what the other passengers thought of us, but that child sure likes to attract attention. There was nothing I could do, but she was making me feel so stressed. Tom seemed to block the screaming out and continued watching his movie. She didn't really stop screaming until we were off the plane. We realised that she hadn't eaten anything on the whole flight and was probably starving! I tried to force feed her some biscuits and muslie bars that I had packed, but she wasn't keen
    Our change of planes at LAX went smoothly and quickly, apart from them wanting us to declare the bread rolls I had packed for the flight, telling us to throw them out, then saying they were fine because I packed them at home?!?! Don't quite get the logic.
    The next flight we were crammed into economy once more. Flying truely is the only time I wish I were filthy rich and could afford to waste money on first class tickets. It was so hot, Adalia who had overcome her fear of the toilets needed to go every two minutes and we were nowhere near them, and lets face it plane food is ordinary, especially kids meals, and I really needed Adalia to eat something.
    We were all so tired, Against my better judgement I dozed off, Adalia fell fast asleep, Tom nodded in and out, but Samuel stayed glued to his screen. This in itself was a bad thing. Our flight ended up being unable to land due to terminal congestion following bad weather, so we had to fly around for an extra hour, at which point Samuel hit the wall. He didn't fall asleep, he decided he was plane sick. He was white in the face, loooked awful and said he felt like he was going to be sick. The seatbelt sign was on, so in my mind, vomiting wasn't an option. I calmed him down enough to sort of doze, but he wasn't happy.
    It seemed like this day would never, ever end. The plane took forever to get clearance to land, then the taxi to the terminal was like slow motion, it seemed like our luggage was last onto the conveyer belt (which gave us plenty of time to discuss whether a Meghan Markle look-alike really was her or not) then our taxi to our hotel was stuck in the worst traffic jam. My travel sick sleep deprived boy did not appreciate the taxi drivers windows staying down when we were in an underground tunnel in a traffic jam.
    We finally reached our hotel at about 8:30pm. The kids had passed through fatigue and into delerium. They were hyper. We dumped our luggage in our room to find dinner. To ensure adalia would actually eat something at dinner we found the nearest maccas, ordered happy meals for the kids, laughed that the thick shakes we ordered were literally soft serve in a cup, then I high tailed back to the hotel, only stopping to get cranky with Tom who thought we should be sight seeing at 10pm at night when we were all beyond smashed.
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  • Day18

    New York

    January 22 in the United States

    What a great day👍🏼
    We started off with meeting our friends Caitlin and Jordan for breaky, after we traveled on the subway towards the cruise line doc where we caught a cruise boat around New York seeing some of the popular attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge!
    We then headed towards the 9/11 memorial and museum which was very interesting and extremely sad! It was definitely an eye opener.
    Once we explored the museum we headed out to a very nice Italian restaurant, we visited the ice skating rink at the Rockefeller building and checked it out ready for tomorrow night.
    We said goodnight to our mates and did a little shopping in Times Square on the way back to our room! We are currently laying in bed getting ready to get some shut eye for our big day tomorrow! Stay tuned for our next adventure in New York 🙌🏽
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  • Day8

    Yankies and The Piano Man

    July 5, 2017 in the United States

    After a good night's sleep we grabbed our good coffee and set off, first for Washington Square, followed by some growers markets. We saw some squirrels, ate some local produce, had a play in the playground then caught the subway to Yankies Stadium.
    I've seen it in the movies, people going to the ball game, but in real life it is overwhelming to say the least. From the moment you leave the train people are shouting at you to buy fake merchandise and drinks, then in low voices people are offering tickets to the game. It is confronting, and part of me really wanted to help these people as they are just trying to make a living.There are people everywhere and I quickly grab both children's hands. Normally I get opposition from Adalia but the kids are pretty overwhelmed too.
    We had no idea where we were supposed to go, so we joined the throngs of people waiting to get in. So many Yankies fans loved Adalia decked out in her pink Yankies hat. Money well spent.
    Once through the security we caught a lift to our level then up a few more stairs to our seats. They were so high it made my legs wobble. We had made it just in time for the Canadian and American anthems. I had been looking forward to this but in reality it was underwhelming. The organ played, people stood but no one sang! (Well tom did just to show that he knew all the words I'm sure) then we were instructed to say some silent prayers for someone that was shot and killed (not sure who, there is a new one every day...) but the MOST disappointing part was that no one made the announcement to "play ball".
    The batsman missed the ball a few times, hit it, and that was it, Adalia was over it. And after a couple of innings so was I. This game is so slow, nothing like the movies. Hardly anyone even hits the ball. The most exciting part was when theToronto Blue Jays got two home runs in a row and the Yankies coach came on to the field to get cranky with the pitcher.
    We had hot dogs and cotton candy, stayed until after the sixth innings (which was two hours) then decided to collect our first time attendees certificate and leave. In the end the Yankies lost, so it was a bad day to decide to start following the Yankies.
    We caught the train and got off just short of our stop and walked past some of the sights like "The Plaza", "Tiffany's", Trump Towers (where we think trump was actually staying as there were road closures, police and secret services everywhere), them up to Rockefeller. We were willing to go into the Lego store but the kids just wanted to go back to the hotel!
    Once back it was a quick shower and change for Tom and I as we were off to see Billy Joel!
    The baby sitter arrived, she was given instructions and we were off. The tickets advised us to be seated by 7pm, so we high tailed it up 8th Ave and ended up being one of the first people seated. Clearly we were novices, which was also displayed in our clothing, we were so overdressed.
    Since we had so much time to kill we ordered a drink from the bar and we were asked for ID. Tom was on cloud nine, he couldn't believe he had just been asked for ID. But there was a problem, Tom hadn't brought any ID! I on the other hand had withstood Tom's earlier mocking about bringing my credit card and licence and now who was laughing?! So I had to buy the drinks, be served the drinks and carry the drinks away, all the while with tom exclaiming "she is serving drinks to a minor here!"
    When the lights dimmed people started shouting "here comes Billy!" Now I'm not going to pretend to be a big fan, until last week when I did a Billy Joel crash course I only really knew. "Piano man" and "we didn't start the fire" and perhaps a couple of others. My only point of reference of what he looked like was from the album cover I bought from vinnies. So I was a little shocked when a chubby, bald man with a white goatee walked on the stage to screaming, crying fans. But for 68 years old he was incredible! And the sold out audience hung on to every word. It is a rare beauty to see full grown men who aren't drunk, sing with smiles on their faces, and at that concert the room was full of them singing every single word along with Billy, sometimes even louder than Billy for over two hours with no break! But the highlight of the night for every person in that stadium was piano man. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
    The concert ended and the crowds walked down flights and flights of stairs. Tom and I noticed the diversity in age, there was not one predominant age group, however, there were no African Americans. Everyone at the concert was white which we found odd given the diversity of New York City.
    We decided to stroll home through the city, stopping to buy a $1 slice of pizza each and returned to the babysitter at midnight.
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  • Day17

    LAX - JFK New York

    January 21 in the United States

    We got up very early for a 7am flight from Los Angeles toward New York, the flight went pretty quickly and we finally arrived in New York!
    We got a shuttle from the air port and it took forever to get to our hotel but once we finally got settled in we went straight down the road to Times Square. It was amazing to see, all the lights and people putting on shows in the middle was really cool.
    We headed to dinner and had a feast we hadn't eaten since breaky so we really did dig in! Once we were finished we wondered back to our rooms and went to bed early ready for a big day tomorrow.Read more

  • Day20

    New York

    January 24 in the United States

    We went every where yesterday!
    - Empire state building
    - Central Park
    We rode on horse and carriage around the park and seen heaps of dog walkers, like actual ones they were walking about 20 dogs at the one time! The park was huge
    - The plaza food court (we had dumplings and they were amazing)
    - Maddison Square Garden
    Unfortunately Maddison Square was closed to go inside due to them setting up ready for the Grammys, but we went out the front and looked at the outlay of just how big it is inside.
    - Central Station
    We had to go see central station it was in my favourite Rv show gossip girl so it was only fitting we took a photo 😂
    - Broadway
    We watched The Book of Mormon at broadway and it was amazing ! It was by far the best show I have ever seen.
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  • Day19

    New York

    January 23 in the United States

    We had a great day today! We woke up when ever we liked for the first time since we have been on the holiday it was so good to sleep in for a bit. We headed down to Tiffany's where we found out we couldn't have breaky because there was a month long waiting list!
    I brought a beautiful pendant to wear at a necklace and also I can clip it onto my bracelet that I got off toby for my 21st.
    We headed to lunch and then back to Tiffany's to pick up the pendant. We also went and visited the NBA store and the Adidas store which is the largest store in the world!
    After our shopping adventures we went to the National History Museum where they filmed night at the museum. We caught the subway back to our hotel and got ready to meet up with our friends for some NY pizza and then ice skating at the Rocker Fella centre, god toby and I were hopeless at it! When we finished ice skating we went up to the top of the Rocker Fella and the view was surreal, we could see the Statue of Liberty through the binoculars as well!
    On the way back to our rooms we called in at Juniors for some desert, where it was supposed to be home to America's best Cheesecake but we still think the Cheesecake Factory takes the cake 😊
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  • Day22

    New York

    January 26 in the United States

    We had a great day today! We started with breakfast at a little cafe off Times Square and it was delicious we will definitely be going back there tomorrow morning 😊
    We headed towards the famous Masy's for a look around and it was very overwhelming it was like David Jones on steroids 😂 we had a bit of a shop and look around the streets before we headed back to drop off our goodies and head to Central Park!
    The whole lake at Central Park was completely frozen over, we walked through to the Metropolitan museum of art and got a photo on the Met steps like off the TV show Gossip girl! We explored the museum until Toby got bored of it 😂 then headed back through the park to the subway to head to the Australian bar. When we got there they had no tables left for us and it was $10 a head just to go in for a drink and it was only 5:30pm what the hell!!! So we didn't go there even though we tried to be a bit patriotic. We headed to 9th st because the guide the other day said the food in that street was always very good, we ended up getting Thai for dinner and it was lovely. We headed back to our room after dinner getting a cheesecake on the way back and packed our bags up to see if everything would fit ready to fly to Hawaii tomorrow 💫
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