Published: June 11th 2010June 9th 2010
New York City
Ok. I´m back on track!
For those of you that haven´t been updated on this travel yet, I will give you a short resume.
Eirin, a friend of mine, has taken a year off from her work to do some travelling around the world. When she was mentioning South America I got interested since I was travelling down there two years ago. And of course it had to end up with me joining her for a few weeks. Or, actually seven weeks...
So now we are on the road again starting with New York for 4 nights, then a flight to Panama and transfer to Lima. We had to spend one night at the airport in Panama... Not much to write about.
By the way: I would recommend everyone going to the States to till out the ESTA application online at least e few days before they are leaving. We didn´t know about this and missed the first plane... Luckily they had put up two flights that day and we reached the next one... Brooklyn
We booked a hostel in Brooklyn, New York Loft Hostel, which was pretty nice. The location was
a bit strange we thought when we arrived, situated in the middle of something that looked like an industry area. But after a few rounds in the closest neighborhood we really liked it. It´s kind of a mix between art and industry, and the atmosphere where really relaxed. The first night for example we went for a pizza plaze they recommended in the hostel. We walked around the whole block before we could find it because it didn´t look like a restaurant at all. The entrance was a regular door on a concrete building without windows. But when we finally came inside it turned out to be a really cool place! Roberta´s is the place to go if you are in that area! To bad we were too tired to enjoy the full evening there because of the jet leg...
With six stops on the subway to Manhattan it was a great location to stay on a low budget. Manhattan
I´ve been to New York once before about twelve years ago so much of the places to see have been seen before : ) But now I probably saw them with other eyes and some more knowledge
in the bottom, so I loved New York this time as well.
We had a great first day with a Gospel Mass in Harlem, shopping at Paragon Sport, and a really good jazz concert at the famous club Birdland. Chico O´Farrill´s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra was a great experience! Here´s what "Time Out" says about the band:
Arranger-bandleader Arturo 'Chico' O'Farrill, Sr. began introducing Afro-Cuban rhythms into jazz in the 1940's. The band that bears Chico's name (and is directed by his son Arturo) "continues to showcase the most seamless blend of clave rhythm and bebop harmony anywhere." (Time Out)
The next couple of days was spend walking around all the amazing places in this city. Without a proper map (only the subway map) we really had now excpectations and ended up seeing quit a lot we wouldn´t have seen following a tourist guide.
A walk over Brooklyn Bridge was a good way to see Manhattan from distance, at Times Square they had an annually festival where many of the restaurants moved out with stands in the street, and live music where played at some places. Unfortunately thoug we had just had our lunch so we couldn´t really enjoy it fully...
A visit to the massive photo store B&H was on the agenda as well, and we both ended up buying new cameras for the trip! If you are interested in photo equipment this is the place to go! We
were pretty close buying an Ipad as well, but I´m glad I didn´t. Waiting for the new Iphone instead : )
To much to do in New York, and to much to write about... If you haven´t been there, you should defenitely go!
Now we are heading on towards Bolivia with some stops on the way.
There are more photos below