After Orlando it was off to NYC and Boston.
We arrived in NYC and somehow managed to navigate the airtrain and subway and after walking for a few blocks we arrived at Dave’s house. For those of you who don’t know, Dave used to work in tax in BVI and transferred to the New York office in the beginning of June (very handy for us as we got to stay in the middle of Manhattan for free). He lives in a great apartment with his dog Blackie (who is the sweetest dog ever – Blackie used to be a stray dog in BVI until Dave started looking after him and took him with to NYC). On the day we arrived we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant famed for their Margheritas (which were delicious!) and then went to the Top of the Rock (observation deck of the Rockafella centre) where we had an amazing view of the city.
It really is a concrete jungle, there are so many massive buildings – quite a change from BVI! That night we took a cab (the driver drove like a maniac and there are a few pedestrians who are lucky to still be walking!) to a small restaurant - Cluney’s, which was really quaint and served delicious food. We then went for some pitchers of Sangria in the meatpacking district which was fun.
On our first full day in NYC we went on an uptown and downtown bus tour of the city. It really was a great way to see the city, however the bus guides were really difficult to understand due to their foreign accents and the one guy was so bad we had to get off the bus and wait for the next one.
We learnt a lot about the history of the main buildings (Americans seem to be fixated about having the tallest buildings in the world so we heard a lot about the great race to build the biggest one) – makes you think they might be compensating for something?? We also went on a boat trip around the island, including a trip round the statue of liberty which was cool to see (although it was much smaller then we had thought it would be).
New York is such a busy city, there is just so much going on! Its also a lot dirtier then we anticipated! That night we went to the Bentley hotel for appetizers and cocktails at their rooftop bar which gave us a great view of the new york at night.
Tuesday morning we hopped on a bus to Boston where we stayed with some awesome people we had never met before (friends of Elliot’s, who works with us in BVI), they were so welcoming and we really appreciated them letting us strange saffas live with them for a while. Our first afternoon in boston was spent exploring the city, we walked around and ended up in Boston commons where we had some dinner. The next day we started off with a visit to the aquarium which was really cool – much nicer then sea world as we actually got to see some fish!
We then went on a whale watching boat trip which was absolutely breathtaking! We saw around 15 humpback whales feeding, they are truly majestic animals and simply massive!
We also saw some smaller minki whales which look more like dolphins. Apparently we were really lucky to see as many as we did, so we were very happy! We then got on a bus tour of the city which was cool until it started to rain. We got off at the Harvard stop in search of some Harvard hotties, unfortunately we found none and got lost in the process so we landed up walking for an hour or so trying to decipher the map (honestly, how do people survive without a GPS?). We finally made our way back to Harvard square where we found a student pub which had half price food and great cocktails.
The next day it was back to NYC and after making Dave a homecooked meal it was time to see the lion King on Broadway.
The show was AMAZING, and very South African – it made us super homesick! Dave had never seen the movie (we think he may be the only person on earth who hasn’t) but he seemed to enjoy the show as much as we did! We went for some drinks afterwards in the theatre district where the cocktails were named after actors and actresses, pretty cool!
Our last day in NYC we spent exploring the shops and got some great bargains. That night we went to a comedy show (really funny!) and afterwards we met some aussie boys who were up from Fort Lauderdale for the weekend and we went to a pub/club and had a great time partying in NYC.