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Trip Report First time in NYC

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Ok so to start off with, I know that some people might read this and be bewildered to my reaction to NYC. But let me say this right off the bat... this is my opinion and my opinion alone - I am not out to offend anyone or pick a fight with anyone, this is my experience in New York City.

Loud, crowded, overwhelming, claustrophobic... all of these words describe what was my first impression of NYC. I had just arrived after 7 days in Hawaii and to say it was very different is an understatement. I have always wanted to visit NYC - as I am sure most people in the world can attest to, I had no idea if I would love it, hate it or be indifferent to it. Turns out - it's the latter...

I don't love NYC but I don't hate it either. I would come back but it would be a stopover point for me rather than a destination. Maybe the more I come back, the more I like it. To be honest, the first time I visited Melbourne, Australia I hated it! Now it's one of my favourite cities to visit.

Ok so I arrived on Nov 11, 2102 and spent a week before taking the train to D.C for a few nights and Philly for a night. Then I came back for Thanksgiving so all up I spent about 10 days in the city.

The day I arrived was Veteran's Day so I headed down to 5th Avenue to see some of the parade... that was pretty cool actually. I mean we have parades in NZ & Australia but this was my first NYC parade! I have heard that New Yorkers throw a good parade and this did not disappoint. Just chilled for the rest of the day - overnight flight from Honolulu did more to me than I thought!

Next day was sightseeing day! So I got 3 day tickets for the hop on hop off bus.. now I know some people poo-poo these buses, but I have to say that I really got my monies worth.. 3 days really turns out to be like 4 days if you work it right :) I used the bus as my mode of transport for the first 4 days 4 days I was there - it was brilliant. I don't know if it was planned but every day the downtown loop seemed to go a different way in some parts, which was good because you weren't seeing the same thing over and over. Anyway, as I was staying in Midtown, the stop outside the ESB was the closest so I jumped on there and did the loop around to The Rockefeller Center.

A lot of people had a grimace when I said I was going to NYC, it was just after Hurricane Sandy so people expected the worse - as you do! Having been in the 2010 earthquake to hit Christchurch, NZ and the 2011 floods to hit Brisbane, Australia, I know not to expect everything to be affected. This was certainly the case in NYC - well Manhattan anyway. It was only when you got down to Battery Park and the tip of Manhattan that you could see any evidence of Sandy. They were still pumping water out of buildings on Thanksgiving - a good 4 weeks after the storm. It didn't really affect my time in NYC at all apart from the escalators not working at the Staten Island Ferry terminal - not good when you have a bung knee.

So I got to The Rockefeller Center and went to the top... now I said at the start that NYC was a bit 'bleh' for me but in saying that, my most favouirite photo I took in my 3 weeks in America was in NYC (you can see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seznz/8242722922/in/photostream ). The view was pretty cool and I loved that you could go right up to the top to the open air. After this, we jumped back on the bus and headed to Time Square... wow! Everything they say about Times Square is true! It is crazy busy, people everywhere, signs and billboards lit up for the world to see... simply just crazy!!

To be continued...

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