An early and boring breakfast in McDonalds, although i had a ‘McGriddle’ which was weird, like an egg and sausage mcmuffin but with small pancakes with raisins for a bun, bizarro.
We headed to the docks via the subway and collected our tour tickets and stuff before setting off to the Statue of liberty island (liberty island? idk) by boat. There were also about 3 security checkpoints just to get onto the fucking pier where the boat leaves, the 9/11 stuff obviously really made them paranoid.
When we got to the island we went to a small cafe to get some drinks, 3 bottled drinks… $10 , conversion rate of pounds to dollars is 1.5 (aka. NYC is fucking expensive)
Then finally, the main attraction – which we already actually saw a few times from boats, the rockafella centre and just walking along the coast..
Yeah, you’ve probably seen it in pictures or on TV, it really is pretty impressive though. Really really big.
Walking through the building underneath it is a museum about the construction, architecture and whats inside and things like that, which was actually more intresting than you’d expect from a museum underneath a statue, (for example, the copper layering is 2x 2pence pieces stacked , or something like that.
We also got the pleasure of a 150step flight of stairs to get onto the podium (just underneath where she is standing), pretty nice view of the NY skyline from up there
We ‘splored a little more, then traveled by boat to staten island, which is where US immigration to NYC used to occur, it was pretty boring and exactly like you’d expect from a museum on immigration to be like. No photos because it was all crap.
Back on the shore, we saw this – which was random.
From here we went to ‘Ground Zero’ , which i hear used to be a monument or memorial, but is now just a MASSIVE construction site in the middle of a bunch of skyscrapers. They are building the ‘one world trade centre’ now, and it’ll apparently be done around 2012. We did however run into a red bull car, with hot girls outside giving out free cans of red bull. Yass.
Walked around and looked at shops and stuff before returning to the hotel due to exhaustion.
Came out at dinner and took a cab to ‘Ichiumi’, which is probably the most amazing buffet restaurant ive ever seen in my life, (and i thought golden corral in FL was good).
It was a huge japanese seafood array (as you’d expect from a restaurant whose name translates to ‘one ocean/sea’)
Those of you that read my malaysia holiday blog posts will know what comes next..
Pictures really dont do this place justice, you cant really understand just how long that fucking buffet spread is without walking it, they also do gyoza, noodles, rice, teppanyaki, fresh oysters, crabs, lobsters (2 lobsters for $10) and the drinks are bottomless, its ridiculous.
We ate until it was coming out of our ears and then walked it off slowly over 10 or so blocks in a reasonable 25deg C (at 9 or 10pm)