The Movies Don’t Do This Justice

I went to Central Park today and the surrounding scenery was just too beautiful for me to do justice by taking photos. I saw the frame of a photo everywhere I looked.

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I sat down and a squirrel hopped towards me cos I was eating a muffin. I’d been told by a friend not to feed them. At the time I rolled my eyes cos I obviously wouldn’t go feeding squirrels but as this cute creature hopped over to me, I realised I could have easily given it some of my muffin of I hadn’t known any better. I kindly shooed it away and it hopped to another tree.

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A German woman came over to me to ask for directions. I showed her my map and pointed her in what I thought was the right direction. Later two more people asked for directions and both were American. It actually helped that I had a map on me. Tourist = 1, Local = 0.

I kept walking. I was glad I wasn’t on a tour simply because I find discovering things on my own accord is the best feeling. And today was no exception. I rounded a corner and saw the Jackie Onassis Reservoir surrounded by tall, old buildings. As if that wasn’t picturesque enough, the path was lined by endless cherry blossoms.

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I could see why so many movies are set here, and even they don’t do this justice. Doing this walk is something I would definitely recommend for anyone. Especially if you’re in a hopelessly romantic relationship. It was drizzling and couples strolled together under floral umbrellas. All this scene needed was some soft piano music.

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The paths go in all directions and you can come across all sorts of things. I think going in not knowing what to expect and not mapping out a route is the way to enjoy it most.

Speaking of the unexpected, four guys were hip hop dancing on one of the paths lined with seats so I sat to watch. They asked everyone to stand up so I obliged cos this was the one time I would have been down with audience participation. I haven’t danced in a while so I was actually in the mood! To my disappointment they got us to cheer them on for ten minutes before doing give back flips. They then cheekily asked for $20 – $100 from us if we “liked what we saw”. The one time I was ok with audience participation! I walked away thinking I should just bust out some moves here to pay for my taxi tomorrow.

The drizzle turned into a down pour and I remembered the forecast was for a storm. Hmmm. I waited under a tree and then just went for it.

I ran out of the park and up 30 blocks. The downpour became torrential and I couldn’t see. I had to keep stopping in front of hotel doors for their shelter. The staff kept offering to let me in which was nice but I was almost home. As I ran the temperature was so warm that I felt like I was having a nice swim. It wasn’t all bad.

I got back and got ready to see a play with Daniel Radcliffe in it, set in Ireland. For my last night I could have gone to a hostel clubbing night out but my feet said no to that. So sitting and watching another show it was!

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Before it started I had 30 mins to eat dinner. So I got a $1.75 pizza by the slice! You have to eat it standing up right in the doorway of the shop, there are no seats. It was the best pizza I’ve ever had. I realised that’s what I should have been eating here all along!

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The play, The  Cripple of  Inishmaan, was very well written. I loved the story and the comedy reminded me of Father Ted. Daniel was good, although I felt the portrayal of his cerebral palsy was very overdone with extreme gestures in the way he walked. I was kind of thinking ‘yea we get it, well done’. But yea the story itself was fantastic.

When I left there was a large crowd of people with cameras outside the stage door. One woman explained to her friend that Harry Potter was about to walk out. Poor guy.

I walked to the Rockefeller Center and made it just in time to go to the observation deck. It was pretty windy but I just missed the rain!

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All in all, it was another fantastic day. I just wish I could share it with friends and family.

Tomorrow: my last day in NY and then…
London!

Let’s just say I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited for London – my new hometown. Dun dun dun!!!

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