A more relaxing day planned!
The snow was bucketing down and I was loving it! This is Northern Hemisphere weather and somehow I can’t get enough of the snow.
Decided to go for a walk through that good old borough of Harlem despite that we were the only white people for like 50 miles and that it was snowing heavily!
A very interesting place indeed. Run-down old buildings mixed with modern shops and eateries. And, somehow, probably more hairdressers per square mile than any other place in the world!
Today was the day for museums. I’m always reluctant, hate being overdosed with cultural things that have absolutely no bearing on my life and are most of the time quite irrelevant. But, being in New York, and having most of the big museums right on our Upper West Side doorstep, we decided to take a look.
We walked down the road to the Natural History Museum. Apparently there are some nice exhibits! We arrived a bit early and it was still closed. So, we moved on. We crossed Central Park and headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
After expecting a slight hangover from drinking draught Budweiser the night before, I woke up damn early and surprisingly fresh! Maybe it’s the cold! It’s freezing here! With the wind chill factor it’s about -2 to -5 deg. C!! My snowboarding jacket has been used every day!
We had breakfast and headed off straight downtown to the South Ferry! It was off to the Statue of Liberty. But, we went the cheap route and took the Staten Island ferry which goes past the statue and is free! Free! Got some great pictures and was amazed again with the enormity of the downtown skyline, and the gaping hole where the World Trade Center Towers were!
Well, it was off to New York from London. My first time in the Big Apple. I flew in to Newark airport in New Jersey after the most turbulent plane ride since the LADE trip in Argentina. Had long conversation on the plane with an old woman from New York. She was funny – gave me some good tips. Actually, the plane was full of geriatrics – must’ve been theire week off in London!
Immigrationn was interesting. Queues and queues of people (most not even speaking English) trying to get into the country. I managed to get to the counter after quite a wait and the official was surprisingly friendly. What a pleasure after Heathrow. The questions weren’t bad, but I had to repeat 3 times I was going on holiday, then once in (what a relief), I had to repeat the same information to the customs official checking bags.
Well, these months have come and gone and all of a sudden it’s February and I’m soon going to be hitting the skies in some more semi-adventurous travelling. I’m off to the States and Canada via London on 23rd Feb.
In preparation, I’ve decided to upgrade my photogallery. Not that I was really unhappy with my self-cusom-made gallery that I thought was pretty impressive, but I thought I would like to have something to integrate with the new Movable Type platform I’ve upgraded to. And, after seeing the Doctor’s new photo blog I decided that the templates from Stopdesign would be a good bet. After some nifty importing I managed to get all my old photos in there! Turns out I’ve got over 1900!!!
So, go on, have a look here and you can expect to see some more soon from my travels!
So, here I am getting into this whole blogging thing. Although, compared to other bloggers out there my posts seem to be few and far between, but hey, this how things go.
I’m actually writing this post from a new browser, Flock! It’s based on Mozilla and is intended to make blogging easier and really take it to the masses. I think it’s great! I love the interface and the load times of the pages seem to be quite a bit faster than FireFox. But the blogging thing is cool! Now, I can blog straight from the browser!
Well, that’s about all from this one, maybe my next post will come a bit sooner, who knows!
Well, I’ve finally caught on to the “proper” bloggin system! Instead of using my old, feature-lacking self-created blogging system, I’ve decided to use the MovableType system. It should be interesting and should give the site a bit of a fresh flavour! So, hopefully from now on, writing should be a lot easier! I think I’ll still keep the photo gallery the same, just because I can.