Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Survival in New York 2015: Day 1 - The Journey Begins

Saturday 14th March

¬,¬" Whaaat! Another trip you say! Being spontaneous (but planned really after the Japan trip) in my life. ^_^

Yep that's what we did, Miss Pinky, Mr Picky and I went to New York and it was Mr Picky's idea to go around this time - actually I don't really know whose idea it was really...  But I really, really wanted to go and so we went on the week of St Patrick's Day. A spontaneous trip within less than 5 months apart (and this is my third international holiday... Oops). I've always wanted to go to New York and compare it with Tokyo and now I can tick this off my list of places to go to. Yippee!!

Our trip started after 12 pm and we all met at Waterloo Station and made our way via the Jubilee Line, then changed at Green Park for the Piccadilly line heading towards Heathrow Terminal 2.

We flew with United Airlines (which I had vowed not to take again since the bad experience we had when Miss Pinky and I went to Dallas but we were all on a tight budget) and so basically it was all self check in and do everything yourself with your luggage labels - but I needed assistance in sticking my labels on. 

After checking in Mr Picky went back outside to have his last cigarette, we passed through security (Mr Picky and I got checked... My bag seems to be checked all the time - I think it was the lip balm that I forgot to add to my plastic bag - but they didn't even see it!)...
Fascinating taxi art work in Heathrow Terminal 2 by Benedict Radcliffe
Then it was time to eat. I had a jerk chicken burger, which I found a bit too dry and needed more spice. Mr Picky had a cheeseburger and Miss Pinky went to Yo! Sushi and had chicken miso ramen.
Chicken Teriyaki Burger
It was Duty Free shopping time then one more drink, toilet and snack shopping. Our gate was 15 minutes away from where we were so we had to walk fast... By the time we got there it seemed that everyone had boarded and I was out of breath! So quick! But it meant we were lucky not to have to queue. Phew.

Our flight was ok. Take off felt terrible and there was a lot of turbulence. The flight attendant even said one of us could move to the back... Miss Pinky decided to leave us and sit by herself for a while - but she regretted it as she should have sat at the back after take off. Food was a little off. I had the pasta dish and it was a bit too salty. The only thing I liked was the brownie.
UNITED plane food

Pasta dish
Before landing I had a cheese roll which was nicely warmed up... I liked it!
Cheese roll
Finally after 8 hours on the flight, we landed but unfortunately we landed too early so we had to wait on board for what seemed like forever... So here's a few more pictures from the flight...
Flying over Canada



Then it was queuing time at passport control. We thought one of the officers looked quite mean, but he was really funny! They sit in a booth all day long so I guess they look mean and serious. Those type of people I like - people who can really make you laugh by looking serious at the same time. ^_^ Good for that New Yorker!

It was then time to get a taxi to our hotel. I think our taxi driver heard me say 9th street but we were supposed to be on 39th... It cost us $100 (~£67) to get there (an extra 20 bucks)! Expensive trip already!

Finally we checked in, unpacked and then Miss Pinky and I went out to have a quick meal at a nearby diner called Sarge's. Looked popular from all the pictures that were hanging on the wall. I had a pizza burger, medium rare and no fries.

Sweet coleslaw and pickles
Miss Pinky had a grilled chicken sandwich with fries. So much food!

My pizza burger looked so big and I was able to add my own salad... all the burger needed was a bit of salt otherwise it would have been a perfect burger. I should have also asked for it to be well done... never mind...
Pizza burger

Medium rare
The bill came to around $36 (~£24). So we gave $40 (~£26). Need to remember to tip. It was an expensive sandwich/burger meal but it was the only place we could find at night. If we had went up towards another street we would've found a McDonald's!!

Address: 548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States


I think I had too much food so I had trouble getting to sleep... Had only 4 hours that night! :(


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