26.08.2011 - 06.09.2011 30 °C
Well we wanted the big city experience so the biggest and the best of them is considered New York.A bit of luxury was also on hand as we had twelve days booked at the Marriot Times Square. It was as usual just one room so not a lot of privacy but the bed and pillows were very nice. Originally we had a month booked in an apartment in Brooklyn but cancelled so we could be a bit closer to Manhattan and closer to my fellow competitors and team mates for the world Police and Fire games. I managed to get a jersey for the dodgeball team, a sport that required absolutely no training, fitness or real knowledge of the game. Unfortunately all of my other team-mates had the same assumption and we were hammered a few times by the win at all costs American teams even if it meant cheating. We managed to have a great time, won a few games and stirred up the locals. Both Brenton and Matt even managed to get a run on one of the other Aussie teams who were short players until the Americans put in a protest.
The city is what we expected, just a mass of traffic, noise, people, and lights.All pretty exciting but can wear you down with the constant stimulation. The park is one of the saving Grace of this city. Central park has to be one of the greatest city parks in the world. Smack bang in the middle of all the mahem is this massive space where it seems that all New Yorkers come to run or play baseball or like us have a picnic and a water fight. I managed a torturous run around the park but was very unspectacular with my times.
We managed a few tourist sites while we were in the city and managed to do a bit of shopping. The view from the Empire State building is spectacular. It just demonstrates how big this city is and how small our little city of Brissy is.I couldn't go to New York without seeing the World Trade Centre site. It was still a building site when we visited but we could see the new building going up and we payed a visit to the fire station that was destroyed in the attack on the trade towers. Heaps more seen and done but all just big city stuff so not very interesting. Counting down to Colombia. Andiamo