We did alot. A lot of walking, and a lot of tourism and some things not so touristy. Jogging in Central Park, walking around the Village, Soho, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, etc. The 2 km long queue kept us from taking the ferry aorund the Island but we did of course see Lady Liberty. Walking from the Guggenheim Museum we figured we'd just keep walking and see the area. As we kept climbing the street numbers, someone told us we could take the train from 125th street, it became more and more different from what the rest of towm seems like. Someone shouting "white girls" after us and seeing no others who could be mistaken for tourists we realised we had entered the spanish/latino part of town. We enjoyed it and weren't scared at any point, though we were glad we were two. Blake told us later he would have advised us not to go beyond 100th street.
Blake is a relative on our dads side (the only one we visited that we're both related to). He and his wife Jennifer lives in Fairfield, Conneticut with their lovely golden retriver, Skyler. The daugthers Laura and Emily are a couple of years older than me and Åssi. They were amazingly welcoming and let us stay with them. Among other things, we visited Laura where she studies in Amherst, Massachussetts.
Taking the train from them to Manhatten only takes a little over an hour, and we're so grateful for all the pick-ups and drop-off. 4th of July was celebrated in NYC watching the fireworks over the Hudson River from the top of Rockefeller Center. Amazing! I'm so glad we got to do that.
New York is it own kind of thing. There's still much to see there. But it's a lot of people crammed into not so much space and I think the fact that we came during the high season for tourists, affected at least my own impresion of the city. Our first cousin from Norway, Synne, happened to be in NY with her boyfriend when we were there, so we had lunch in Bleeker street. We rarely see her in Norway, so it was kinda ironic, kinda awesome, seeing her there. The cupcakes at Mognolia Bakery, the sunset over Empire state building, Grand central station, my gorgeous new DNKY shoes, the list goes on, and now (almost two months later - i'm sorry, i suck) I find myself smiling thinking back. It was the perfect place to end our little trip around the world. On our last night, Blake and Jennifer brought out the Champagne to celebrate. And I've got to say I think it's worth celebrating. We did good.