This week i've mostly been visiting Staten Island, Manhattan, Saddle River (NJ) and Brooklyn!
05/01/2010 - 14/01/2010 0 °C
Right, so this is my first entry of a very long trip. I'm going to try and update this every now and then, as its nice to keep everyone updated and it'll be good for me to look back on once it all comes to an end!
So i've survived my first week in the US and have managed to pack in a lot already.
My first 4 nights were in Staten Island - a very residential part of New York. Some very 'american dream' roads, all houses complete with front yard, picket fence and a porch with a stars & stripes hanging from it. My first couchsurfing hosts were real nice couple and I was lucky to stay with them. We talked a lot about music and sport and I learned about some bands that i'm sure my ears would never hear had I not stayed with them. On my last day with them we went to Coney Island for the day, in mid winter its a desolate beach resort complete with a creepy disserted fairground. We walked around in the freezing weather, took a lot of pics and met up with another couchsurfer.
After leaving my first host I made my way to Saddle River where I was meeting a friend from primary school who I hadn't seen in over 10 years. He's part of a band and the night I arrived they were taking part in the final of a New Jersey battle of the bands competition. They won it (by far the best band) and collected a prize of $5000 and back to their house we went to party. I'm actually returning there next week for a few days so i'll write in more detail later about the area.
I returned to NY and met my next cs host in Brooklyn. Her appartment's nice and is located right near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. She lives with 2 other people both of whom are really nice, and one even cooked me some pasta to take out as a packed lunch. Last night I met up with a bunch of people in Union Hall bar in Brooklyn, it was a Couchsurfing meet up and i got chatting to a lot of local hosts and other travellers. The bar had an indoor Bocce (you'll have to google) area and we had fun playing this.
I've spent my days visiting a lot of places in New York, but i've tried to write about the parts that cannot be read about on the internet. A list of highlights i've been to/seen so far include Empire State, Grand Central Station, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Coney Island, Guggenheim Museum, Comic & Cartoon Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ground Zero. I've been taking a lot of pictures so i'll share a few of these along the way. There's so many great things to see and even though it's very, very, very cold it's still so much fun. Few pics below to show just how cold it is here!
But that is it for now I need to start packing my bag as i'm leaving for Hoboken in a couple of hours. I know nothing about the area other than Frank Sinatra was born there, so i'm keen to explore another new place.
I wonder what will have happened by the next time I come to write an entry!!