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  • Day2

    Rain York City

    March 21 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Den Jetlag spüren wir kaum und schlafen gut durch. Wie Kleinkinder sind wir jedoch alle gegen 6 Uhr wach.

    Petrus meint es heute gar nicht gut mit uns und seine Wetter-App verspricht den ganzen Tag 100% Regen bei 7 Grad. Um kurz nach 8 Uhr sind wir also dann auf dem Weg zur Metro und fahren mit allen anderen New Yorkern nach Manhattan. Immer dann, wenn man denkt, dass der Zug jetzt voll sei und niemand mehr reinpasst, drängen sich nochmal zehn Leute mehr hinein.

    Wir landen im Bluebell Café und geniessen ein fantastisches Frühstück. Am Frühstückstisch entscheiden wir uns dann für die klassische Stadtrundfahrt, um uns einen ersten Überblick zu verschaffen.

    Am Busstopp angekommen, folgt auch bald der Bus. Blöd nur, dass man darin keine Tickets kaufen kann, sondern acht Blöcke weiter oben an der 32. Strasse ... gut ... wir sind ja noch frisch und watscheln von dannen.

    Einen Fussmarsch später gibt es dann tatsächlich Tickets. Kurz danach folgt auch der Bus und auf geht es. Auf Anweisung des Tourguides sitzen wir eingepfercht im hinteren Teil des Busses, zum Teil rückwärts fahrend mit einer Aussicht zum Heulen - angelaufenen, kleinen Fenstern und die Schnur der Kopfhörer vor einem baumelnd. Das ist wirklich nichts für uns! Am nächsten Stopp schmeissen wir das Handtuch und gehen noch oben. Dort sind die überdachten Plätze natürlich alle schon vergeben. Macht nichts! Wir haben wunderschöne Regenponchos aus Billigplastik und jede Menge Durchhaltevermögen. Katjas Schal wird dann kurzerhand zum Trocknen der Sitze genommen und, voilà, wir sitzen mit prima Aussicht im oberen Bereich.

    Es regnet und regnet und regnet und regnet ...
    Als wir dann auf den Express Way fahren, wird uns richtig kalt. Macht nichts. Wir schlottern uns durch.

    Am Times Square steigen wir aus, um auf die andere Linie zu wechseln. Zuerst zieht es uns vier jedoch in den M&Ms Store. Auf drei Etagen findet man wirklich alles zu den kleinen schokoladenüberzogenen Erdnüssen - Kleider für gross und klein, Küchenhelfer, Schnickschnack und natürlich Unmengen an M&Ms - auch besondere wie mit Jalapeño, Kaffee oder Bretzel. Mit $ 7.99 pro halbem Pfund ein stolzer Preis. Cleveres Konzept: Füll dir deine M&Ms selbst ab und zahl somit sicher mehr als $ 7.99.

    Der Regen steckt uns noch immer in den Knochen und etwas Warmes für den Bauch muss her. Im Starbucks um die Ecke gibt es ganze vier Sitzgelegenheiten und die sind natürlich (wie soll es auch anders sein) belegt. Wir ziehen weiter und trinken einen heissen Kaffee im Au Bon Pain. Es ist kurz nach 16.15 Uhr und der letzte Bus fährt um 17 Uhr. Mit der Dinnerreservierung um 18.00 Uhr bleibt uns also nur noch wenig Zeit. Wir entscheiden uns also für einen Marsch zum Rockefeller Center und der 5th Avenue. Vorbei an der Radio City Music Hall und den NBC Studios. New York City ist auch bei Dauerregen wunderschön!

    Am Rockefeller Center angekommen, reihen wir uns mit allen anderen Touristen ein und schiessen ein Bild nach dem anderen. Hier machen wir auch einen Abstecher in einen Souvenirladen. Dort vergessen wir die Zeit und müssen dann im Laufschritt zurück an den Times Square flitzen, um zum Restaurant zu gelangen.
    Die Bewertung des Mastro‘s verspricht einen hohen Lärmpegel. Tatsächlich - hier ist richtig was los! Unser Kellner Sean begrüsst und mit der typisch amerikanischen Freundlichkeit und wir geniessen anschliessend wahre Gaumenfreuden mit besten Steaks. Unsere Empfehlung für ein tolles Dinner in NYC!!

    Mit vollem Magen machen wir uns dann noch einmal auf den Weg zum Rockefeller Center für Fotos bei Nacht. Wir zeigen dem Regen, wer hier die (inzwischen nassen) Hosen an hat.

    Zu später Stunde machen wir uns schliesslich mit der NY Subway auf den Heimweg nach Queens. Begleitet vom Dauerregen!
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  • Day8

    Niagara Falls Day 2

    May 6 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Today started off with the Zipline down the falls which was so much fun!!!!! No nerves at all from me, I think I was too excited! Even St George bear got to ride the Zipline (in the backpack attached, but technically he did 🙊). It was all over in about a minute but soo worth it!
    Next stop Tim Hortons for breakfast and I understand why all you travellers rave about it! We loved the donuts and cookies 😋
    Off to the White Water Walk to check out the rapids. We went down an elevator 78m to the bottom of the escarpment and walked through a tunnel, you walk out the to viewing platform and just go wow! The rapids were just amazing! Again we could have just sat here all day. We got down to end and we may have put out hands through the fence to touch the water. It was freezing!!!! I know it would have been a bit warmer but Dad I have no idea how you and Brian went in that lake!!
    Caught the bus to the floral clock and then on down to Niagara on the Lake! It wasn’t really what I expected, Sarah and I felt like we had stepped into a retirees heaven. All these cute, old stores like Bowral or the Blue Mountains. The Lake itself was beautiful and again water was bloody cold!
    Had a little nap on the way back up to the falls. Stopped at Clifton Hill at an ice cream store called Sweet Jesus recommended by our tour guide yesterday! That was our dinner It was delicious! I had the banging brownie on a waffle cone - chocolate ice cream covered in caramel sauce, brownie bits and ice magic!!! A little bit of souvenir shopping and then off the casino! No winners here but we had some fun!
    Another stop at Tim Hortons to collect some breakfast before our 3:30am pickup tomorrow morning to head to NYC!!
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  • Day6

    Arriving at Niagara Falls

    May 4 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    I’m a shit penguin sorry guys!!!!!
    Landed in Buffalo and had a private transfer to Niagara Falls. The driver found out we were nurses and then all he wanted to talk about was his wife’s pain issues and medical marijuana the whole way there.
    Crossing the border was exciting - we got another passport stamp! Woohoo!!!! The guy asked what we were bringing into the country, I was stumped and was thinking about clothes.....anything to declare he meant, guns, weapons etc. hahaha too early in the morning for me
    We got to the Hilton about 1:30. We walked into our room and there was a massive bed.....and then there was a hallway 😱 and another bedroom! A massive window looked out to Niagara Falls! It was just amazing. We’re both started to think shit, how much did we pay for this room??!! A quick FaceTime call to the mums to share the awesome room!! Then it was time to settle in for the footy at 2am Canadian time without the best result 😂 lucky I fell asleep before the game finished
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  • Day10

    NYC - Central Park

    May 8 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today, we did a lot of walking!!! 26,000 steps according to my watch.
    We walked from our hotel at Time Square to Central Park and did a walking tour around the park for 2 hours. The park is just beautiful!!!! No flowers really around yet, but so much greenery, it’s so pretty.
    The sun was shining, a beautiful day. We went to the boathouse and row row rowed the boats along the lake which was pretty fun, although Sarah almost took out a turtle with the paddle at one point.
    Some more walking to see the Alice in Wonderland statue and a ride on the carousel. Then we rented some bikes to do a lap through the park. Halfway round we were done hahaha sore legs and it was warming up. But we made it back!!
    Off to Tiffany’s to treat ourselves because we deserve it!!!
    By this time it’s nearly 3:30 so we decide we’d better eat some lunch - a quick sandwich which was a delicious find.
    A stage door tour at Radio City Music Hall is up next. This was magnificent. It’s one of the largest theatres in the world and has held the Tony & Grammys awards over the years and is home to the Rockettes and we even got to meet one of them.
    Afternoon tea at Magnolias Bakery hit the spot before we headed back to the hotel.

    Last stop of the night is the St James Theatre for three Frozen musical!!!!! And it was awesome!!!!! We had frozen themed cocktails and yes dad a souvenir cup 😂
    It had songs from the movie plus some new ones, we didn’t like the fact that Olaf was basically a big ass puppet controlled by someone on stage with their hand in his head who did all the talking.....
    But when they made it snow at the end it was just magical and so Disney!! 🥰
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  • Day9

    Start spreading the news.....

    May 7 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Another early morning start. Had to cross the Border back into America to catch our flight from Buffalo to NYC - they transfer company must have been worried about it taking a while? But we were at the airport with plenty of time to spare meaning we could have one last visit to Tim Hortons.

    The shuttle from the airport to our hotel nearly took longer than the flight. It seemed to take FOREVER!!!!
    Finally we made it to the Edison Hotel. We were too early to check in, so we dumped out bags and off we went to see Time Square. We decided we were too buggered to do much sightseeing so decided to do a bit of shopping instead. First stop was Disney!!!!
    Hit up Ruby Tuesday’s for some cocktails and delicious ribs for lunch. More shopping and headed back to the hotel. Room is pretty old but beds are comfy so that’s all that matters
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  • Day1

    A Very Long December 16th 2018

    December 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    We departed Sydney at 9:15am 16th Dec 2018, arrived in Tokyo after a 10.75 hour flight at 5pm 16th Dec 2018. After a 12.75 hour flight to NYC, we arrived at 6:10pm 16th Dec 2018. We were nearly tricked into paying $137+tax+tolls+tip with a dodgy driver pretending to be a taxi/unmarked Uber. Happy to say we escaped and paid a real taxi $75 inclusive to get to our hotel safely. We ate dinner at the restaurant in our hotel and turned in for the night.Read more

  • Day17

    NYC #3 Manhattan

    October 4 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It stormed overnight and rained during the day as is proven here in this skyscraper photo we took to start off the blog.
    We’ve been using the New York Subway to get around and despite its reputation we feel it’s safer because you avoid any heavy objects or light aircraft that may fall from the tall buildings.

    It seems New York is still very nervous about falling buildings, security is everywhere and severe. For instance getting onto the Statue of Liberty ferry you go through airport type security to get onboard. Then when you are on Liberty Island you go through the same thing again, then when you enter the statute pedestal you can’t take the bags that have already been x-rayed twice, you have to put them in a locker.

    Police are everywhere in the streets and in huge numbers.
    Other official security people are everywhere too, all heavily armed. I don’t think New Yorkers or Americans will get over the Twin Towers for a long time and it was eerie first arriving here because... anyone who saw live coverage of the planes flying into the World Trade Centre as we did will remember you could also hear he sound of the jets as it happened.
    So we were looking out over Manhattan and it seems the flight path into New York City goes right over the Hudson River. In the afternoon this causes the suns angle to casts perfect shadows of the aircraft flashing across the face of the buildings, it uncannily appears they are crashing into them, this illusion is further created by the roar of their engines overhead.

    Terrorists, Gorgo or over sized apes haven’t kept the tourists away though, the lines to some galleries have proved that. We stood in a queue that was about a quarter of a kilometre long for the Metropolitan Museum of Art only to last five minutes inside. The only art we experienced was the art of packing as many people into a building as possible. The Guinness Book of Records should have been there or maybe a talent scout for a circus auditioning people for the clown car act, where about twenty crawl out of a mini minor unfortunately our experience wasn’t that funny.

    This was all good though, we just walked around the streets and through Central Park which gives a better feel of the city. We rode the subway and met many helpful people along with lunatics, weirdos, extroverts, introverts, religious fanatics and people damning the lord everywhere.

    The architecture was good to see especially smaller stuff like the old apartment buildings with the fire escapes on the outside.
    We had fire engines and police vehicles flashing past constantly with their sirens wailing, we heard cab drivers blasting horns and hurling abuse, we avoided everything from trucks and buses to skateboarders going through red lights when we were on the crossings, we saw sad homeless people pushing shopping carts full of their rubbish past multi million dollar apartments overlooking Central Park on Fifth Avenue.

    So we got exactly what we expected of a day out in this city and it was a surprisingly good experience except for the homeless, the beggars and the people trying to eke some sort of living out of a dog eat dog city.
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  • Day35

    I see NYC.

    September 1 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    I did not get to spend much time in New York City, but it was enough to take two expensive sightseeing tours and make the best out of the even more expensive hotel. (The three nights here equate to a sixth of my entire accommodation budget for over 60 nights!) In true Paul fashion, I dedicated one day to the New York Public Library. There I worked my way through 12 books over the course of 5.5 hours, ending up with 555 pages I can take back home for my State Exam thesis. But I am taking so much more with me, and it will only get more throughout the second half of my journey!Read more

  • Day2

    Steve Madden vs. Apple

    February 12 in the United States ⋅ 🌨 -2 °C

    Als bekennende Opfer des Kommerzes gehen wir noch ein wenig durch die Geschäfte bummeln. Apple ruft Anton, während ich mit femin profanen Dingen wie Schuhen von Steve Madden zufrieden zu stellen bin. Der Apple store befindet sich direkt in der wunderschönen Grand Central Station, die ein architektonische Augenweide ist und im oben genannten Battle als klarer, wenn auch unbeteiligter Sieger hervorgeht. Mit der Subway geht's zurück ins Hotel, von dessen Terasse wir eine tolle, wenn auch immer noch feuchte Aussicht genießen. Kaputti fallen wir ins Bett...Read more

  • Day8

    White water walk

    May 6 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Weather has been great here!! Beautiful and sunny. We were even in T-shirt’s in the arvo

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