M and Z's Grand Tour travel blog

rainy night in NYC

Todd, Kathy, Mark, Alayna, Luke and Z

Me and Bing (our China travel agent - this is for you...

A quick visit to our stuff in storage

Z and Smitty on his rooftop deck in Brooklyn

Manhattan skyline from Smitty's deck

Luke and us for one more "family" dinner


I'm just going to add a few quick notes about our time in NYC. It was short and sweet. We were lucky and happy to see many of our friends and work buddies - sorry EWC i wasn't able to stop by there. Z did get his Botswana VISA and I got my Vietnamese. We ran in Central Park and were kindly hosted at Luke, Mark and Alayna, and Susan and David's homes, so we got to live in 3 different New York neighborhoods. After our initial shock of being back in the city, it grew on us again and we look forward to the return in Feburary, it'll be interesting what everyone is doing when we get back. Truly NYC is a town that never sleeps, after visiting so many big cities, nothing compares to the Big Apple, the amount of people, tall buildings, variety and energy is cannot be found anywhere else - plus a subway system that runs all night makes life so much easier.

We did not get upgraded and the flight was an hour delayed. Then upon arrival we were sent to another immigration terminal, which resulted in another hour-long wait before we were let in. The trusty A-train took us all the way to Lukie's house on 9th Avenue (by 2:30am), so NYC here we are again. NOt happy with American Airlines, but at least they didn't charge for the meal...

The city does not appear at its best (well, to me at least, it's rather hot, humid, somewhat noisy and crowded) but it is still New York. It is a bit weird to be back, it's a mix between "it feels we have just left" and " I am so not used to it"...

The event for Day1 was the Monty Python (inspired) show, Spamalot. I have just seen the classic movie 2 days ago, but I am happy to report to all the Holy Grail fans, that the play deserves the reviews (and the awards), it is really funny. Fans will recognize many of the skits and lines, but some new stuff is added, too. The acting is great, Tim Curry is cool as Arthur, but I think the guy who played the french guard is no match for John Cleese. even the opening credits - part is here, even as part of the Stagebill magazine...

Today's been rather gloomy and rainy. I also found out that I won't be able to fix both my botswana and Namibia visas (forget the Vietnamese) while we are here, so now we may have to re-schedule a few things. Nothing major, but it is possible hat Scotland may be added to the itinerary while I am awaiting my entry permit to Namibia in London...

Mikaela has left for Ohio for a quick visit of family there. After spending the last 4 months together literally 24/7, it's a bit weird. I spent the day mostly walking around Manhattan hunting photographs (not much success, no inspiration), then at Borders, reading and sipping a tea.

Ha keson (1am) is de visszaerkeztunk NY-ba. Nemhogy nem sikerult az elso osztalyra ulni, a jarat egy jo orat kesett, es erkezes utan egy vacak regi terminalra tereltek mindenkit, ami meg egy ora sorbanallast jelentett. A jo oreg A metro azert hazahozott, es fel haromkor mar agyba is kerultunk Lukie-nal. New York nagy kontraszt Europahoz kepest, hangos, meleg, fulledt, piszkos, hosszu ido ota eloszor sikerult a kivulallo szemevel latnom...

Az eddigi egyetlen emiltesre melto esemeny a Spamalot (month Python's Holy Grail) musical volt tegnap este, ami orommel jelenthetem melto feldolgozasa az eredeti gyongyszemnek. Tim Curry kiraly (Arthur kiraly), de az egesz eloadas jopofa.

Ma esett az eso, fulledt meleg van - igazi NY nyar...



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