I must start by restating how much I love the Vancouver airport, they have fish tanks and bridges and everything inside! Plus free wireless so its my favourite airport so far. My flight was delay, not 100% sure why as I personally didn't think the weather was THAT bad. but obviously it was. I flew with Cathay Airways, and I must say it has been one of my favourite airlines, the food was really good, and i was surprised they served food as it was only a four hour flight. By the time we had taken off and food was served there wasnt much time for sleeping. I think i got about an hours sleep. Which was bad cause i was arriving in JFK at 6am! Took ages to get through customs, much worse then at LAX.
Public transport is pritty good in NY, just need to know what train your getting on (either a number or letter) and then make sure it stops at your stop and you're going the right way! Much better then getting a taxi or anything like that. Upon Arriving at my Hotel, I decided i would just wonder round, starting with the Staten Island ferrie (afterall it was free). I was unsure how to get there, but the bus driver (the second one i asked anyway) was really nice and told me when to get off and which one to catch. However I was so tired and the bus took so long that i was falling asleep on the bus, AND I'm pritty sure it took approx. 2 hours on the bus. NEVER catch a bus in NYC!! the subway is so much quicker. I also learnt that everyone uses their horn. AT every set of lights about 5 cars will "honk" it. People are so impatient. The Ferry was pritty cool, and as it was cold not many people were out side so it wasn't that hard to get in a good position. The ferry back though was much better then over. I just liked it better.
I have gotten into the habit of deciding on one places to start the day and then just wonder round to the places nearby. Has worked pritty well for me. So I then wondered to Madison Square Garden and the Empire State building. The weather was pritty good, so the visibility was good from the top of the Empire State Building. However I do think that it is a rip off, you pay $20, no student discount, to go to the top of the building walk around and then come back down (may be slightly over exagerating) but the amount of people that go up, they must be making a killing. I then went to the New York Public library, that's right i went into a library while on holidays! The Burnaby Garden is behind the Library. Because its so close to Xmas and the holidays lots of the parks and public areas are getting work done. At Burnaby they put up lots of stalls. i think i would have preferred to see it as it normally is but was still cool to see it. Especially the fountain that was half frozen and covered in ice.
Having driven through Times Square while on the bus (and when i was awake) i had already decided that i would have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, the food was pritty good, and was interesting to eat their, with the memorabilia and everything. I was going to stay til it got dark, but decided that I just couldn't stay away that long. After making my way to subway, and getting off at the right stop, in the sleepy daze i walked in the wrong direction for two blocks and then was confused when i didnt walk into the Museum of Natural History. It was then that i realised i had walked west instead of east.
Yesterday, I started off the day in Central Park. I ended up spending about 2 hours there and still have so much more to see. I saw a few areas that have been in gossip girl and quiet a few different movies. The water was half frozen, only the middle bit of the lakes was not frozen. I then walked along 5th Avenue and went to FAO schwarz and Tiffany and Co. There was a line almost around the block to get into FAO. It was crazy! SO many kids, another thing i shoudl have thought about, it was a saturday close to christmas. SHould have known.
I have seen so many limos in NYC. Atleast one on every street. Silly rich people it takes twice as long to drive round NYC as it would to catch a train. I went to rockefeller centre, twice, once at night time. AT night it was ridiculous. It looked awesome but trying to get out was so bad, i think i was stuck in the same spot for atleast 10 minutes. People were pushing, shoving, kids were getting squished it was horrible. I would have thought that since it probably happens every year that the NYPD would have developed a line like system or something to deal with it.
I went to the M&Ms world shop, decided that I didn't need to buy any tops as I already have about 20 form work. But it was cool to be there. there were three levels, THREE of M&Ms merchandise. The stalls along the street are also good to buy the I <3 NY. I got a pink one and a pink scarf (Note to self: stop buying pink things). Its funny seeing the difference in prices, some sell for like $10 were you can get some as cheap as $1. Mine since it was pink was a little more. but still pritty good for a top. There are also places that have like $10 for 10 tops. WHo would want 10 NY tops i dont know.
Today was a pritty miserable day, cold and rainy. WHile the rain isnt heavy its very constant. so i decided to sleep in a bit, and have a slow day. I went to the trade centre site, century 21 (department store, got cheap guess and calvin klein stuff), brooklyn brigde (after walking in the wrong direction for like 4 blocks) after walking back from the brooklyn bridge i saw about 13 cop cars with their sirens on going over the bridge.
Tomorrow I am going to Ellis island. Well this was a massive update, sorry if i bored you! will upload photos when the internet isnt being annoying/when i can be bothered :P