Manhattan - New York - Day 1

After finishing an about 7 hour flight from Stockholm, Sweden to the Newark we finally reached New York. Since the jet lag set in pretty quickly we grabbed a quick dinner and went bed early the first night.

Since we went to bed early, we got about 9-10 hours of sleep but STILL managed to get about at about 5:30AM (as one does, obviously.) The only real thing that's open at 5:30 in the city that never sleeps is Starbucks, where we went to grab out first coffees for the day.

We then went down southbound with the subway to go for a walk along the Highline, which is sort of a walk-way a few meters (yay, metric system) above ground that used to serve as a railway for freight trains back in the day.

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As we got on the northern part of the Highline and walked south, we got closer and closer to the World Trade Center Memorial. We firstly visited the memorial grounds for the WTC and then we got informed that they had finished builing the "One World Trade Center" building, so of course we went up there.

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If you ever get the chance to visit "One World Trade Center", take it! It's a breathtaking experience that leaves you marvelled.

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During our visit in the tower, we got recommended to go see this exhibition of cans which was supposed to represent famous buildings, objects and pop cultural references (see cookie monster). All in all the exhibition was not at all as glorious as the magic of One World Trade Center.

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So we decided it was time for lunch, so we stopped by an Italian place nearby where I ordered a delicious Lasagna. As we where eating we also started discussing what to do next and remembered that the Staten Island Ferry was pretty close by. So we decided to go there after Lunch.

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Though, on the way, we met this really angry looking bull, the charging bull (he was also represented in cans in the previous exibition, though the real deal is much more fun to see up close).

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Wear reflexes, they look super cool on camera!

On the way we also passed the Trinity Church (not in any of the pictures) and where the magic happens, The New York Stock Exchange on Wall street. After this quick stop and hassling through some sort of open market that they put up on a section of the very south part of Broadway, we finally got to the Staten Island Ferry, where we got to see the beautiful New York Skyline and Statue of Liberty.

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After going "there and back again", we hopped on the subway back to northern parts of Manhattan to take a stroll through Central Park. In difference to the rest of New York, Central Park is really a place of serenity and calm, where New Yorkers and Tourists alike can wind down.

Going from the northern parts of Central park to the southern parts, you pass the beautiful reservoir, the Swedish Cottage, the boat house, a couple of bridges (where you can stand and look smug, just look at that smug face)...

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...and of course Strawberry fields, where many come to remember the great John Lennon. As we got to the place of remembrance, there was actually a guy playing the song "Imagine" by John Lennon, which made it all feel that much more magical.

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We also saw an evil squirrel, probably plotting for the end of human society as we know it (just look at that "excellent, excellent" kind of gesture he/she is doing).

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After standing being mesmerised by this evil squirrel, we where finally released out its spell and could continue our stroll down to the ice rink at the very south of Central Park.

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After heading out of Central Park, we decided it was time for dinner, since Johanna was very eager to go to the diner, "Ellens stardust", we went there. Unfortunately, we didn't take in pictures or videos in the diner, but I can assure you, it is a really entertaining diner with good food and singing waiters and waitresses. I would really recommend it if you want an exciting dinner experience.

At last, we dragged our tired legs to the Times Square where we enjoyed the blinking lights feeding us with commercials. I actually ended up buying a much needed leather band for my Clock which Johanna gave me last year.

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Since we felt, we weren't quite done with capitalism and commercialism for one day, we finally headed to the glass box of all glass boxes, the New York Apple Store, mainly to see what all the fuss is about with the new watches, phones and TV's that they have released recently. Although we didn't end up buying anything in the Apple Store, I'm sure I'm going to buy that sweet sweet Apple TV or a new iPhone once we get home.

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Until next time,
hugs and kisses
//Joel and Johanna