Hi everyone! I’ve only been in the States for a couple of days, but already a lot has happened, so I’ll get started right away. After a three-hour flight with IcelandAir to Reykjavik and a flight of a mere six hours (once you fly to the other side of the world every other flight less than nine hours seems like nothing) I finally arrived in crazy New York. I had booked a shuttle that morning before leaving from the airport to my hostel in Queens, but upon my arrival in the airport I found out they didn’t go to Queens… I complained to the organisation, who then blamed Viator (the organization with which I had booked the shuttle) and eventually got into a cab. One of these days I’ll be calling Viator to get my money back (Luckily I only had to pay 15 euros). Forty dollars later I arrived in my hostel, Q4 (you can check the website here: http://www.q4hotel.com/), which is a really good hostel. Due to the lack of elevator I dragged my two bags to my room on the third floor (second floor in Belgian terms) en dumped them in my room. Then I took the subway to the heart of New York city, fifth avenue, to grab a quick bite and buy my new macbook. That store is just crazy! There are no registers to be seen because everything happens with a machine that looks a lot like an iPhone but can also read credit cards (and other cards as well, I assume). There were around 300 people in the store around that time, which was 10.30PM and when I asked whether it was always this busy at this time, the employee told me it was fairly quiet today. I can only imagine what that place must look like when a new iPhone is released… Then I went back to my hostel to get some sleep, because it was gonna be a busy weekend…
I could write so much more about New York, but seeing as a picture is worth a thousand words, I’d rather show you what I did.
3. Visit to the Metropolitan museum (the Met)
I also wanted to go see The Lion King: the Musical, but there weren’t any tickets left… Luckily I got to see it the next day 🙂
Sunday was my last day in New York, and there were still a lot of things I wanted to do, so it was a busy day!
- Boatride around Ellis Island and Staten Island
2. Visit to the National Museum of American History
3. The Lion King musical on Broadway
4. Visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
The museum and the Memorial were the last things I did in New York before getting on a bus to Chicago and even though it wasn’t a very happy ending, I was really impressed. Not just with the museum and the memorial, but with New York in general as well. I would have like to stay a bit longer, but New York isn’t that far from Boston, so maybe I’ll get a chance to go back.
Right now I’m in Burlington, Wisconsin, visiting an AFS-friend from Paraguay and even though there’s not as much to do here as in New York, it’s nice to be able to unwind after such a busy weekend. Friday or Saturday we might head down to Chicago, we’re going to visit the lake, visit a friend of hers, her family all want to meet me, so we’re taking it easy, see how it goes.
That’s it for now, I’ll keep you up to date on my other adventures!