11.08.2012 - 16.08.2012 -32 °C
I could write a day by day type diary thing of my trip, but I am pretty sure the only person who would read that or be interested in that would be my mum! (Love you mum) So instead I have decided to just write about some of the high-lights. Many of you will have seen my status updates and photos on facebook so you already have some idea what I have been up to. But this gives me an opportunity to explain some of the stories behind the photos.
While I was in New York I...
Spent a lot of time on the metro
Entered the lottery - outside the theatres for some the Broadway musicals there is a daily lottery. Each person can enter their name in the draw to win really cheap tickets for the show that night. Pete and I entered everyday for the musical "The Book of Mormon" and then one day for "Newsies". Although we never won, it was always exciting with the excitement of potentially winning.
In the end we bought standing only tickets for the musical "Newsies", a story about the boys who hand out the newspapers on the streets of New York back in 1899 and the strike that they instigate. It was an amazing show full of singing, dancing and great props!
Went to MOMA - the museum of modern art
This was an amazing museum full of really old famous art and some new up and coming art too. I felt very uneducated and wished I had Elyse with me to tell me about all the history behind the work. My favourite paintings were the Monet ones. They took up the whole room. The washed out colours and delicate texture was beautiful!
I also enjoyed a photography exihibition in which the photographer had photographed entire family lines from lots of different countries. One family was from a country in East African and the man had 5 wives, loads of children and grand-children. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between their faces, expressions and clothing.
There is a photo of me outside in the beautiful sculpture garden. It was a really hot day so I took off my jandals and washed my feet in the fountain and had a rest in the shade of the trees. In the photo I am leaning down to pet the snake next to 3 statues. I asked the security guard whether I was allowed to take a photo. He reluctantly agreed. Then I asked if I could pretend to be touching the snake, as I am doing in the picture and he said no! But I already had the photo - thus my cheeky expression.
Commemorated the 9/11 world trade centre attacks at ground zero. Pete and I went to ground zero where there are now two giant water fountains the size of the floor area of the original towers. With a deep hole in the middle that seems to go on forever. The names of all the people who lost their lives were written all around the outside. The size and the force of the water along with the never-ending list of names caused me to have a more full understanding of the depth of loss suffered. I felt moved by this memorial and respect the effort that has gone into making them and the park around a peaceful, respectful place for people to remember.
Got a photo outside Bret and Jermaine's flat in Chinatown.
Guggenheim - another art museum. Laid out in a really cool spiral, my favourite museum so far. Great collection, nice flow and order.
Had a great photography exhibition that I was enthrawled by. Michelle you should totally check her out, she is amazing!
Went to the top of the Empire State Building - great view of the city of New York.
Found a sweet gypsy jazz gig in Brooklyn
Overall: New York is a crazy city. Heaps going on all the time, millions of people. But you just need to find one or two who know where to go and what to do you it becomes a great place to be. I enjoyed my time there thanks to my hosts!