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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

NYC i Luv Yuh

My blog takes forever... It doesn't just comes down to me being a lazy ass and deal with everything else but this... so i am forcing myself right now to write... I hope i can keep it short though since im so not feeling to write right now...My life just got a bit busier since i won the WSOP seat in Vegas, and now i have to do everything in my power to finish my blog before that. I know being lazy is not a hip thing anymore at least to me it is not. So i will work hard on finishing the blog before i leave town. So here comes 2nd and 3rd day of NY City...

So we arrived in New York and after my cockroach commando and sleepless night i decided i head out to town by myself leaving everybody sleeping. Ok, it was on purpose since it was only 5.30 AM...So i go out check out the neighborhood and go for shopping for groceries... in the meantime i was taking shots of buildings and stores and the feeling of Queens in the morning... weather was really nice... it was about to start raining and yeah it was windy as hell and as i remember it was like mid 50s.... you know i just love crappy weather... so New York what are you to offer me ...

After breakfast we decided to head out with Csilla. Erica was smart enough not to join us and stay home as the weather turned into a real nightmare. The wind just got stronger and the rain was heavier than ever.... so the most memorable minutes we had from new york from Friday was a few broken umbrellas (broken by strong wind) and some crappy shopping malls were we browsed through time to time just to warm our bodies up. On the sidelines i have to say i told Csilla not to bring anything warm - clothes wise... afterall it's may and it's summer time... isn't it... Not in New York Baby.. NY was living it as in November...

Well not all is that bad in New York of course... our real first stop was Times Square... i had absolutely no expectations about that i saw it a few times in the movies and in some tv shows so i thought you know we go there and spend a minute or 2 there than head out south to ground zero... now i must tell i was amazed of Time Square... first of all it's huge... huge all around... noise wise ... commercial wise ... traffic wise and all around it's kind of like sniffing too much cocaine up in the brain and get shocked and get high and get just all the adrenaline a city can cause to human brain... that was Time Square for me... nothing much but it was A BLAST... :)))

Then we decided to walk around a bit, went to see Madison Square Garden, ate lunch at Penn Station... lol.... There i ate my first american soup... what can i say i love soups... but that was the worst piece of crap i ever ate there... guess it's no good idea to eat at Penn Station... Throughout our fight with the weather we managed to see some parts of the financial district and went to see Ground Zero... Hell yeah the sight was closed due to construction... I guess the new towers or tower is due ... By the time we got here we were so freezing cold we just wanted to go home...

We were pretty much lost all day and didn't know where the hell we are...and i got tired of Csilla's whining about the weather... Well she was totally right about that but still... so we decided to go to see a movie... and that was great... we found a great theatre bought our tickets... i almost left 40 dollar tip as i left the change at the cashier... luckily the guy at the cashier was nice enough to run after me and give me back my money... that was the better side of those human moments ... we then saw 21. The movie was enjoyable especially that it's theme was based around gambling activities... hehe, but seriously the movie was ok to pass time for 2 hrs ... we headed back home later that evening and told our stories to J and Erica ... they were kind of laughing about us till they found out that we used their umbrellas and got all scared for a moment if we broke it ... that was one of those SHOULD'VE SEEN YOUR FACE moments .... haha ... anyways, we called it a night as we were all exhausted...

New York is so unbelievably huge... you just can't do a whole lot in a day... travelling takes up quite a bit of your time... luckily the subway is perfectly built out for any traveller and in fact any NYer to use. By the end of the day we pretty much learned to use the subway and figured how getting to places in NY is done... Pretty easy...


Day 3 - Weather got so much better and we headed out to explore NYC by walk, at least a larger portion that we could manage within the daylight hours. This was the day to see New York City's changing face. We explored West village and Soho and part of greenwich and walked all over the place, such as litte italy and chinatown. The city just amazed us with all its faces...

Chinatown is crazy... it's just as much of a rush as Times Square in a chinese way... the stress on the street is just there you can just stand there and feel it. The people are going crazy all crowded and rushing through the chinese streets of New York. Same thing for little Italy... Italy is one of those places in the world where you would expect absolute peace on the romantic streets, must emphasize STREETS not ROADS, but in New york it means something different.. Pizza and Pasta... nothing more ... there is no stopping for the people and places though they looked amazing with great ambience i still found it too touristy... maybe Italy is just about Pizza and Pasta afterall, but i really don't think so...

If i had to choose the favorite spot in the day it was definitely Soho, with the NYU surrondings... The university feel of a great city is just amazing, great pubs and bars growing from all angles to your reach with some ethnic spices. I must say i loved the place. Also at some streets it was as quiet as a little town. This was really surprising to me and i was just shocked how nice of a living THE CITY can offer to the luckier ones. At this place Justin introduced us to by us never experienced Brunch... it is a neat idea of the Breakfast and Lunch mixed in a word ... So those who like to sleep in late in the weekends, definitely a college lifestyle... than you can have breakfast for lunch... sweet... definitely a Vas kind of lifestyle... :))) if you know what i mean !!!

So we found this great place there and it was one of the best breakfast meals throughout our whoole trip... Erica had pancakes and fruits... That was one hell of a great chef that made those pancakes as they were the most delicious ones ive ever tried... we had the good old american burger with justin... what can i say... american's just know how to make good burgers... in europe u dont have good burgers... in fact we believe Burger King has good burger compared to like McDonalds...because that's all we have... and it was in our plans to avoid these two places while in america.... and for our good decision we were spoiled by some fat burger places that offered better and even better burgers throughout our trip... After we filled our bellies we rushed through some busier streets and crossed little italy and chinatown in a bit of a hurry just to make it to the financial district and see city hall. The new thing for us are sqruarrels so we were reaching for our cameras whenever we saw one. And city hall of NYC and the park just in front of it was a great place to take pictures of them... There were so many... unbelievable...

By the end of the day we decided we tired out ourselves enough to go back home but before that there was one more challenge to get behind us. You guessed it right it was Brooklyn Bridge... It was a great walk especially that most of us had to use the restrooms so bad that we hardly could make it :)) But if you like city seeing and i think i like to do it every couple of years than this is one of those places you should go and not take the tour bus... At the end of the bridge we received our reward, a huge $8 Banana Split in Brooklyn's Ice Cream Factory. The funny thing was that we were so greedy and got 3 of it and then we ate only like 3rd of our portions, except Justin. Justin is a fatass and he chugged it all down... :) We were so freaking tired that we wanted to go home very bad, BUT.... there was one thing i was really missing and it was already 3rd day... and still hadn't had Taco Bell food... I knew a place at Penn Station so we went there... and i got my badly wanted tacos and Csilla got some spicy chicken at KFC... Csilla just couldn't eat the chicken as it was so gross. In fact i don't know if any one person on earth likes that taste... it was just simply one of the worst of human food... so then i told Csilla to get something else and then the most hilarious moment happened when a homeless bum came over to us asking for a dollar and Justin with his prepared mind immediately reacted with a half negative answer. "We don't have money, but here's some food" and passed Csilla's spicy chicken over. You should have seen the face of this guy he was just so thankful, i actually believed him at that moment he really wanted that dollar for food and not booze... I was so sorry for him after i saw biting into that chicken and his face was totally like "WTF"? I couldn't help myself and was laughing myself till my tears started falling...and it ended up in a chain reaction and everyone taking over my hilarious laughing outrage...It was a funny moment, we cracked our asses up and at the same time "helped" a hungry person... This was saturday so when we got home all our plans to go party that night just were crushed by everyone being exhausted... I guess that's it for partying in NYC... :((( But i didn't mind ... i was crushed ... was so tired... fell asleep so quick.... it had to do with my Jet Lag too... it was still somewhat in tact... Day 3 over... We all sleeping...

Can't believe this is just day 3... there is still 23 left... i guess there was just so much happening throughout this month ... guess more then what happens to us in a year... sick i know.... Ok LATER GATOR...