So my journey into Canada was a bit of a weird one. It was only 1hr 45mins on the flight from NY but somehow, by the end of it, I was absolutely knackered.
The oddities started the night before. While trying to check in online, the AirCanada website was telling me that the airport I was flying out from (and had planned the route for) was now changed. Instead of JFK I was now flying out of LaGuardia! I remembered receiving an updated itinerary from AirCanada a while back but it had contained the same information as when I had first booked the flight and back then I had thought it was an erroneous email. I dug the email out and I was right, the original and updated itineraries were the same.
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The first few days in NYC felt like the city was pumping energy into me! I was out everyday and there was a lot of sight-seeing and really long walks. Now this is what tourists usually do but based on how I spent my time in Boston I was amazed at how much I did. Fast forward a few days and I started to feel a bit drained.
In my last few days, I didn’t do much touristy stuff except walk the Brooklyn bridge with my friends and take loads of pictures (finally got some with myself in them. Woohoo!)
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So my friend’s girlfriend, who feels equally like a friend to me now, took a day off to show me around and I was really excited at having a girl’s day out.
I was ready to go with her flow as she knows NYC REALLY well. We started with ground zero which has another building in place of the twin towers and a memorial structure that’s under construction, nothing much to look at to be honest. The twin towers were a wonder when they existed and their non-existence is a wonder in itself. People go to the site to see and take pictures of what “should have been”.
Continue reading “Touring NYC – WTC, China Town, Little Italy”
I decided to take it easy during the day today and have a late start as my friends were taking me for a Broadway show in the evening and I didn’t want to be too tired for it. After waking up at 10am (thank you to whoever rang the doorbell) and having a chilled out morning I head out to Manhattan to see the Rockefeller center which I thought was one building.
I entered what I thought was the center and remember thinking, “right, this looks like a glorified shopping complex”. I got a map from the visitor center just to see if there are any must-see things in this building. That’s when I learned that the Rockefeller center is not one building but 12 buildings! It’s the most recognized commercial property in the world and consists of 109 stores , an ice rink, gardens, theatre, public artwork and an entire floor dedicated to dining. The center has 8million square feet in rentable property which is the equivalent to 31 Gherkin buildings in London. Wow! Now I was impressed. I just walked around for a hour, I didn’t buy anything or eat there but I could not help but be amazed. It truly is a “City within a city”.
Continue reading “Touring NYC – Rockefeller center and Grand Central Station”
Earliest I’ve left home in a 2 weeks, 10:30am! First stop, pancakes!! I know I know, I said last night I wont but that was 12hrs ago! My friend took a day off to show me around, the first restaurant didn’t have pancakes as it wasn’t the weekend (I thought Americans ate pancakes everyday??) so we went to a diner coz they would surely have some and they did! Phew. I ordered pancakes with butter and syrup with crispy bacon. (Meat and sugary syrup don’t go together in my head and so I’ve always wanted to know what the fuss was all about).
Continue reading “Touring NYC – Central Park and High Line”
Wow, NY, what can I say! Right, so even before I came here I wasn’t sure what I felt about it. I was obviously super excited to see my friend after almost 3 years but NY reminded me of London, a busy busy city, and I wasn’t sure I was ready for the madness. But I put that out of my mind, packed my bag and left for NY.
My friend picked me up from the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 5pm and I was really tired after the 5hr bus journey from Boston so we decided not to stop anywhere and head straight home. Continue reading “New York City”
After almost 2 weeks of being in Boston I finally decided to go to MIT. Turns out I had been passing by the campus every time I walked the Harvard bridge to Boston, didn’t realize they had such a big campus (spread across a mile).
I decided to get a map to begin with so I went to the visitor info booth within the main MIT building but they didn’t have any paper maps. I decided to get some info off the interactive map and take pictures to use as a guide but some of the functionalities on the system were not working! I guess even MIT underestimates the need for good QA, I should apply for a job here when I run out of money and teach them a thing or two about QA. Anyways, I managed to take pictures of the MIT Campus map outside the building and used that to get around instead. Continue reading “MIT”