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After the excessive drinking, loss of money, plastic injected women, basically the unrealistic living style that is Vegas we were very excited to head to New York and live like a local for the next two weeks. For as long as i can remember New York has always intrigued me.. I was positive I was going to relive Sex in the City episodes..Watch out New York here comes Samantha...
( i think Sam identified with her similarly named character..- W) We arrived at JKF to a cloudy, windy, rainy, 6 degrees day..not ideal. We caught the subway..(so hip) to our new home in Manhatten. Will's friend Steve has been kind enough to have us, He lives in Tribeca - the most expensive urban zipcode in America.... yees! Steves apartemnt was fantastic and we were soon settled on the couch, out of the weather... But that didnt last long... It was time to head to the famous Radio City Music Hall for something we have been looking forward to for months... FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS! The theatre was unbelievable and FOTC was just as we imagined... hilarious... We were exhausted afterwards and crashed out, needing to get some sleep before tackling New York City.
We sat down the next morning and wrote a list of touristy stuff we had to do.. it got quite long, NYC is the kind of place that you could do something different and fun every day for a year and still have not covered it all.. The first on the list? Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. The view fro the middle of bridge takes in quite a bit of Lower Manhattan, it was beautiful.. There was one thing missing though, a big gap where the World Trade Centre once stood... So we thought we should go check it out. New Yorkers still keep the events of Sept 11 very close to their hearts. Around the site there are tributes to those lost and those who saved others.. St Pauls Church is next door, and is filled with these.. I think a saw Sam squeeze out a tear or two.
We strolled down Wall St past thousands of very depressed looked pin stripe wearing homeless bankers... the recession here is really taking its toll, all the boys in the house we are staying in work in finance, and they have never seen it worse - We on the other hand have no idea, because we are completely unemployed.
We arrived in Battery Park, at the very bottom of Manhattan island. The best thing about Manhattan is the parks, that break up the huge ridiculous skyscrapers.. Spring is trying to break through, and it was great to sit and take it all in.. That was enough for day one, only 15 to go...

Posted by willandsam 14:14 Archived in USA Tagged foot

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Hi Sam and Will,
Pity the bankers, poor buggers, out of work, no place to go. Oh dear!

OK you two, world epidemic of swine flue about to end all life on earth and you have been through the middle of it. Seems it's a mutation of pig and bird flue, and the symptoms are apart from the normal flue type sniffles etc, you sprout wings, start oinking and can fly. Other symptoms include all your feathers falling out.

So be on the lookout. You may have to steal a row boat and become a boat person to get back into Australia.

Nothing much happening here as usual. Almost finished the new room, just about to lay tiles. ANZAC Day went to Sarah's sisters wedding...nice day and they had plenty of red wine for me (garden wedding with big steaks afterwards..) So I didn't march this year (finally got my medals from a grateful nation, only took them 42 years. Thank you Mr Rudd...)

Next year maybe will go to France and see Fromelles etc, always wanted to. Will see Gallipoli on a non ANZAC Day as there are too many weeping adolescents and popcorn salesmen there on Z day.

WX here is great, sunny and cooling. Building a couple of websites while building the room, painting etc. So by time you return to OZ in yr rowboat, we may be down at Tweed area closer to the surf.

Maybe you can sneak in there as I suspect by end of year Australia will be closed.

Look forward to your next adventure.




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