Day 7: New York Nerdfighters
I went to New York early again today, because I was planning to meet up with some people at Grand Central. But before I could do that, I had to go to the store where I bought my SIM-card, to try and get a refund (I couldn’t text to the Netherlands, which was one of the main reasons I bought it…). So after I did that I went back to Grand Central and met up with Jose. He was a very kind fellow and told me a lot about New York and its ways and customs. I said I hadn’t been ‘downtown’ before, so we went to Wall street and walked around there for a while. He told me about the history of New York and how the Dutch basically made New York the Trading ‘capitol’ it is today.
So we sat there for a while, talking about differences between our countries. Like how in the Netherlands basically nobody carries a gun, except maybe police officers and how different that is in some parts of the US. After a while another person met up with us, Mert, he is a ‘native’ New Yorker as well. We walked around a little, went into a small, touristy shopping mall (mainly to get some cool air) and then went onto the terrace of the mall with a view on the bay and Governors Island. We sat there and talked for a while and then decided to move on to the ‘Bowl’ (Bowling Green) where there was a museum about native Americans which was free (I am Dutch, I like free stuff). The museum was nice (and cool) but nothing too special. From there we went through the Battery park to the bay which had a nice view on the Statue of Liberty. We sat there for a while as well and just talked about New York, the US, The Netherlands, you know, the usual.
I realize this must be quite boring for you to read, because basically the day was filled with a lot of talking and not much ‘doing’, but I really enjoyed talking and walking with some people that knew what they were talking about and could explain a bit more about the city, instead of just watching and not knowing what was going on.
Tomorrow I will go on a boat tour and I’ll maybe go to the Metropolitan Museum, just to see what it is about. Right now I’m just tired and satisfied and I am going to sleep, because tomorrow will be exhausting again. See you then!