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