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Feb 4, 2012

New York 1st Part


"Sorry Mr. Seon, your bag is still in London..."

"Really?!  Oh well, shit happens."

I arrived at New York's JFK airport without my backpack.No explanation, just a British Airways card with over 50 dollars. I still am smiling from ear to ear - I don't care, I'm in New York!


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"Sorry Mr. Seon, your bag is still in London..."

"Really?!  Oh well, shit happens."

I arrived at New York's JFK airport without my backpack.No explanation, just a British Airways card with over 50 dollars. I still am smiling from ear to ear - I don't care, I'm in New York!

Time to send emails left and right, to Patrick, my former English room mate who is accompanying me for two months. To New York! Our arrival by shuttle into the city is unbelievable, one is seized by the immensity of the buildings, for New York is beautiful and bigger than life.


We go straight to the hostel that we had reserved in the East of Manhattan for the first night. It is in a small apartment with a nice Italian.

The next day, feeling more motivated than ever after taking advantage of the breakfast at the hostel, provided with a card, we go to explore the city at a market that would have lasted for 10 hours, yes, 10 hours! We begin our journey at Central Park, about half an hour from our inn.

The park is immense, spread out about 3 kilometres! The walk is extremely pleasant, the sun is shining and there aren't any clouds. When we exit the park, we are shown the magnitude of the city. One is suddenly confronted with immense buildings, all bigger than the next, whilst in the midst of them, thousands of yellow taxis sneak through. Then you begin to realise the magnitude of the city.

Looking at the skyline for several kilometres, we can see shops and advertisements everywhere! We can see a succession of iconic images like Times Square, which Piccadilly Circus pales next to, and also Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building which is in the centre of Manhattan.

It continues through the main avenues until it reaches neighbourhoods which are just as animated as Chinatown, Soho or Little Italy. Night began and it started to get cold. We go to meet Pablo, a couchsurffer who lives in Queens, Manahttan with his friend. He has been kind enough to accommodate us for two nights. We arrive in the South of Manhattan via Brooklyn Bridge which joins the island opposite. The night view is breathtaking and we forget the cold and our leg pains!

It is late when we arrive at our final destination where we finally meet Ruben and Pablo.

Special thanks to Morgan Shaw who did the translation for me. Check out her website shawquartets.co.uk.

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