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January 21st 2009
Published: January 21st 2009
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I never had much of a desire to visit the US of A because I agree with descriptions like this by I can’t remember who:

The USA is like a big overfriendly dog that can’t help knocking down all the furniture as it wags its tail.

Seeing as many of my best pals during my year in Costa Rica were Yanks and also thoroughly decent folk, I thought it was about time I took a look for myself at their country.

Here’s a travel tip for Brits who want to go to Central America. Price up a flight from Costa Rica to the UK and it will be via New York and will cost mega money. However, buy the ticket in two completely separate searches, first Costa Rica to New York then New York to the UK, and it will be half the price, and often on the same aeroplanes. Forget the pretentious twaddle at the beginning of this blog, cheaper flights are the real reason I spent a few days in the Big Apple (why is it called that?)

In only two and half days, how much can you actually see and do in one of the world’s biggest and most famous cities. To be frank, not a lot.

We embarked on a high-speed tour to tick off the list of must sees, given to me by obliging pals familiar with the city. We didn’t do too well, mainly because I insisted on walking everywhere and New York is rather large.

I was impressed by the scale of the buildings around Wall Street and the south end of Manhattan. I was also impressed by the scale of the Statue of Liberty. I have heard so many people remark how small she is in the flesh that I was surprised she was so big.

Just as I was thinking the Christmas decorations around the Rockefeller Centre and Fifth Avenue were subtle and tasteful, words not usually associated with America, we went around the corner into Times Square and I was reminded what country I was in.

Central Park was smaller and not as nice as I expected and I was disappointed with the Guggenheim Museum. However, the view of Manhattan from Brooklyn was cracking and I enjoyed the walk over Brooklyn Bridge at dusk.

You see we didn’t really do a lot. Got a lot of exercise though. Thanks again Mickey for putting us up.



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