Flew out. During the flight I watched Sideways, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, an episode of Father Ted and a few episodes of Spaced. Arrived while it was still light, which helped to keep me awake and stave off jetlag. Krissa met me at Grand Central Station and guided me through the initiation rituals and back to her home, and Stuart. Ordered in Brazilian food, which I recall enjoying. Went to bed around midnight.
Woke at 8:00ish – well done me. Took the subway into Manhattan with Krissa and then met Jodi at Central Park West and 72nd Street at 10am. Walked round Central Park and the Upper West Side, ate cookies, took photos, giggled at crazy women until 2:30pm. Met Kate at Astor Place at 3pm. Had a coffee, then wandered round the East Village for a while. Had a sorbet at Caffe Dante, then met Krissa and Stuart at The Art Cafe at about 5pm. Rescued Karen and her heavy suitcase, had grilled cheese sandwiches, went home.
Got the subway to Union Square on 14th Street. Bought some CDs. Lunch was a large pizza in or near Little Italy. Went to the Apple Store in SoHo, and bought some clothes for Karen from Banana Republic as she had run out. Walked down Broadway and across the Brooklyn Bridge. Got the subway back to the flat. Keilbasa at the Bohemian in the evening with Krissa, Stuart, Kate and Conrad.
Toyed with the idea of going up the Empire State Building but couldn’t be bothered with the queue, so we went up to Krissa’s office instead. Sandwiches in Central Park for lunch. Museum of Natural History – impressive cosmology and geology exhibits, and saw the Vikings IMAX movie, though Karen wasn’t particularly impressed. There was a mouse running around in the auditorium though, which was exciting. Met Krissa and Stuart at the Lincoln fountain. Vietnamese at the Saigon Grill for dinner.
Started in Chinatown, then walked down to Battery Park and took the Staten Island Ferry round trip. Visited the site of the former World Trade Centre. Went shopping for shirts for me, as I had run out. Started at Macy’s, but it was too much like Bhs so we left promptly. We then thought that walking south down Broadway would be a good idea. Not such a pleasant experience. Saw the Flatiron Building, and eventually managed to get some suitable shirts at Le Chateau, having by now walked 30 blocks downtown. Dinner at Cafeteria in Chelsea, followed by Kate’s birthday drinks at The Park (also in Chelsea). Got a cab back to the subway (my first and only cab ride in NY).
Grand Central Station wouldn’t look after our luggage for the afternoon, so we dragged it to Bryant Park. We took turns to walk round the square while the other read and looked after the cases. Had lunch at the cafe on the edge of the park. At 5pm we took our cases back to the station. Due to poor directions from the information desk, we missed an airport express coach by seconds, and had to wait half an hour for the next. The flight home was reasonably bearable, though there was a short delay setting off, and problems with the in-flight entertainment system. I watched Hide and Seek (yawn) and another episode of Spaced. We stayed awake through the night, and were incredibly tired when we finally got home at noon on Monday.
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