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Thursday, 23 March 2017

New York, New York

I finally made it to the city that never sleeps! I came on my own and although it would've been nice to see it with other people I still ended up having a great time.

I spent 5 days and 4 nights in New York which for me was enough time. On my own I tend to do a lot more sightseeing because I stop for quick-bites rather than sitting down for a meal and I don't tend to sleep late in the mornings. I think 5 days is enough time to see the main sights and it worked out perfectly then for me to go to Mardi Gras!

When I first got to NYC my jet lag was so awful; I was waking up at 3am and could not sleep at all. I eventually got up at 5.30 am because I was so bored and I just decided to make the most of it. I ended up heading to Times Square on a walk and it turned out the whole place was empty which was so strange because on all the photos I've seen of it it's always absolutely packed with people.

There was an art installation, 'We were strangers once too' and I felt I got to experience it all on my own which I loved. The idea is that the 33 different poles show bar codes representing the number of immigrants to NYC and when you stand in one particular spot they form a heart.

I basically spent my time seeing things and eating - my 2 favourite hobbies haha.

Because of the jetlag I got to see the main places empty. Grand Central Station was pretty bare when I went which was fun; I really enjoyed seeing a place I'd only ever experienced before on TV.

A little comparison for what the station looked like later on in the morning...

Perhaps jetlag isn't so awful after all haha.

A couple of days later I took the sunway to Brooklyn bridge and walked to the halfway point taking in the incredible views. The skyline of the city is great to see and I would definitely recommend going for a walk here if you haven't already, I promise you wont regret it!

The Statue of Liberty was something else I was desperate to see. You can get the free ferry to Statten Island if you're not bothered about getting up close to the statue but I was so I headed to battery park to board the ferry to Liberty Island. Seeing the statue was great; I had tried to get Crown tickets but they had sold out months and months in advance so instead I went up to the pedestal. It was nice to make it more of a trip and the museum in the statue itself was really interesting.

The views on the ferry over and from Liberty Island were great as well so I did think it was worth the money.

I also went to the American Indian Museum for an afternoon. Reading the accounts of what happened was upsetting but it's important to remember the history so I'm really glad that I went.

I also did a lot of general walking about and I saw some amazing street art as well on a tour of bushwick. I think it would be better to do a tour on your own because it was safe to walk around and the art is all clumped together anyway - I saw lots of girls on their own running and walking about - whereas I paid for my tour and ended up with the most humourless man I've ever met who seemed allergic to laughs so I would not repeat haha. I can't really click with people that are super serious...it must be so boring! I just did not get it at all but the street art was good at least.

I did go to central park as well but I didn't love if it I'm honest; I love being in the outdoors and it was all paths and dead grass, there wasn't a lot of greenery and it wasn't as good as I thought it would be - but maybe I was just unlucky with winter?

In terms of hotels:

I stayed in pod 39 hotel which I would recommend because it was the cheapest place I could find that wasn't a hostel but still has communal areas. I also stayed in Park Central which is right by Times Square and I'd recommend that as well. I actually preferred the pod rooms which are much lighter and modern but the location of Park Central was amazing. Genuinely minutes away from Times Sq.

And my final stop before I left?

To catch one last doughnut!


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