Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Big Apple Monday

On Monday, we managed to see the entire island of Manhattan in three hours...from a seated position. We took a Circle Line siteseeing cruise, and holy cow, Manhattan's big! There's this whole part up north, with hills and trees and stuff. Who knew?

Our tour guide had an interesting style. Rather than saying something like, "The big brick building on the left...", he'd say, "You see the big brick building on the left? See it? The bricking building? On the left? It's..." He also seemed obsessed with pointing out every last hospital, celebrity home, and film/TV location. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable tour, and I took about 10,000 photos. I'll definitely have to do some deleting. But first, I'll need to get my computer working again. So, don't be too surprised if it takes a while for these photos to show up.

In the evening, we saw Avenue Q, which you can read about three entries down from here. But first, we went up to The View, atop the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. It's a revolving restaurant, where, before 9 pm, they'll happily serve you a single drink and let you nurse it for an hour. I had a Big Apple, which was tasty, refreshing, and put me in a perfect state of mind for Avenue Q.

After the show, we walked around Times Square a bit. It's absolutely shocking how bright it is at night. It's actually quite beautiful and hideous at the same time. You can't help but wonder how many African nations could be powered if they just turned it all off. The scale of New York seems to inspire these opposing reactions in me. It's so invigorating, and yet so exhausting.

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