Apologies for taking so long to get our first blog post out. Since arriving it has truly been hectic, but extremely fun and full filling at the same time. First it took 2 1/2 hours to get through immigration due to "technical problems", I think someone forgot their MySpace password or something. Once we got out the airport, we made our way to the Morningside Inn on west 107th st where we are staying until Sunday. We thought this was a hotel but actually turned out to be a hostel, it felt a bit insecure, what with the wobley door handle to our room and the drunken hobos. But we are bit more settled now and happy to call this place home.
Day 1 we managed to have a walk around many many many streets which were filled with nothing but hotels. It seriously helped us get our bearings straight and now I feel pretty comfortable getting around without a map. We than found a nice italian restaurant to grab some pizza :), had a brief walk around central park and got ourselves some wifi, to bring ourselves back to the 21st century. Later that day we also ran into a classic american thunderstorm (at least as I know of), heavy rain and bolts of awesome looking lightning surging through the sky. We hid in Starbucks for the best part but it was a great sight.
Day 2 we managed to start ticking of a bunch of our must see landmarks and some of our "hell yeah, why not" landmarks. Starting the day with a tad of food shopping down Broadway, so we don't spend all our dosh in two weeks. We then got our weekly $30 subway metro card (which was beyond much needed) and headed on down to west 42nd st - Times Square. We stayed around this area for most of the day, so we got to see its absolute beaut during the day and night. When we first arrived we went into the Hard Rock Cafe, ordered some scrummy burgers and had a look around there impressive musical items collection. There were guitars, gig setlists, clothing etc, from some of my favourite bands, including 3 Doors Down, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Offspring and Green Day. Going back onto the streets we found some cools shops like M&M world, Hersheys world, Lego world, Disney even McDonalds looked pretty decent from the outside. We also had a look around grand central terminal which was a nice sight, just not as cool as the other stuff :P
The main highlight of the day was almost definitely going to the top of the rock. We got our tickets quite early in the day originally, but security wouldn't let me through for having a swiss army knife in my bag, schoolboy error, doh!! So we rebooked it for 9pm. It was extremely windy even with the glass anti-suicide barrier, but the sights we absolutely stunning, we could see the whole city, lets just hope the pictures do it some justice. Today I have a helicopter ride over the city, which my girlfriend got me and we are just going to carry on seeing the sight. Stay tuned.