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North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 10th 2008

Its 14:00 on Friday afternoon and I'm in the middle of Alabama on the train from Atlanta down to New Orleans. I Arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday morning at 8am. Trying to get some sleep on the train was harder than I thought. The Amtrak seats where comfortable enough, but I still found it difficult to stay asleep for more than about half an hour. I took a bus and then the underground to the hostel which was quite a strange place. The building was a big old house that had been converted. Antique bits and pieces where hung up on the walls all over the place, with messages telling you not to touch the attached. I noticed that there were not any locks on the room doors so that anybody could walk in and out ... read more
the Coca Cola Experiance HDR
The Midtown bar
Playing Pool in the Midtown Bar

I’m writing this at 10pm Tuesday night on the train from Washington DC to Atlanta, I’m currently 3 hours into a 14 hour journey. The trains here are great; you get around three times as much legroom as you would on a British train. The seats recline really far back and the foot rest comes out like a lazy boy. On Monday we caught the train to Washington DC. There's only one night in Washington so had a little wonder around all the government buildings and monuments. The White House is lot smaller than you’d imagine, whilst hanging around outside a line of cars (about 6 police cars and a people carrier with blacked out windows) came by and drove into the white house gate, but I couldn’t see inside to see who it was. Did ... read more
White House

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 6th 2008

After all the hassles of Saturday (see previous post), Sunday has turned out to be a hell of a lot better. We visited the Natural History Museum which has got an exhibition on called "Cosmic Collisions". You get shuffled into a theatre where the whole roof is the screen. Robert Redford narrated a storey about how the moon was formed after a meteor hit the earth and the fragments that where displaced merged together to form the moon. Apparently it only look 1 month. They also had a cool exhibition on about marine animals which I had some fun photographing. We also had a wonder down through times square and found the avenue Q theatre. Apparently 30 minutes before each show they sell 12 front row tickets for $20 each (they are normally $110). They do ... read more
Space Centre  @ The Natural History Museum
Space Centre  @ The Natural History Museum
Biodiversity Exhibition

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 4th 2008

Today has been a bad day, but yesterday was a good one, so I'll start with that. We started off with a really nice breakfast at the Brooklyn diner on west 57th street. Followed by a trip up to the roof of the Rockefeller building. I'm not usually one for doing the whole touristy thing but I have to admit that the view from the roof was pretty breathtaking (See the photos). After that we wondered around the Central Library and Grand Central Station. Both buildings where great for just sitting around people watching. Whilst sitting on the steps outside the library a line of about 100 police cars came past, thats not an exaggeration, it did literally take about 10 minutes for them all to drive past. At first I thought i was a motorcade ... read more
View over the Rockefeller Plaza

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 3rd 2008

Yesterday I thought it might be a good Idea to have a wonder down to Wall Street to see what all the hoo-haa is about. Wall St is located in the far south of Manhattan Island. The hostel we are staying is on 103rd St which is around the north west of Central Park, between the two is about 6 miles of Broadway. It was so interesting walking from one end to the other watching how the character of the street (and colour of skin) changed as we got further south. I really enjoyed all the little parks the city has, they are are great for people watching. It took about 4 hours to get down to Wall St, the place was teeming with media vans, police and people from Fox News with balloons saying "We ... read more
Globe outside Trump Tower
Law and Order

North America October 2nd 2008

Well, I made it past the US immigration people, which was a lot less painful than I thought. it must have only been about 20 minutes from leaving the getting off the flight to walking through the arrivals gate to meet Lisa. we decided to be cheapskates and use the airtrain and subway to get to the hostel. the ssubway was full of weird and wonderful people, but at no point did I feel like I was in any danger. We asked a guard how to get to 103rd street, but forgot to say that we wanted west not east, so we ended up having a nice little stroll through Central Park. By the time we found the hostel, got checked in and showered, it felt like i'd been awake for a week. We both felt ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry September 2nd 2008

Not much longer to go now, just need to sort out an extended Thai Visa, drop my car off up North and get some US Dollars. Planning for the USA and Japan is going smoothly, I just bought my Japan Rail pass today and booked another hostel. I'm slightly worried about the tensions in Bangkok. Hopefully it will be sorted before I arrive in Thailand in mid December.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Worcestershire » Malvern August 1st 2008

This is just a test message so that I can work out how to do everything. It's just over 5 week until leave for my 4 month trip accross the USA, Japan and South East Asia. Just about everything is sorted now, just got to get visa's for Thailand and Vietnam and try and get a nationwide accout open so that I can get money from ATM's without being charged a fee. I was originally hoping to leave the USA totally unplanned and just wonder around as I felt like it, but it's just became too hard to sit at work and not plan it. Next time I write on this blog, I should be on my way to New York. Not that it's got anything to do with the rest of the blog, I've added ... read more

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