I decided it would be a clever idea to just stay up for the 0415 pickup and try and sleep on the coach and plane. Mistake. It wasn't going to happen. In the end I tried to sleep for an hour at home, but just couldn't. Probably excitement was keeping me up who knows.
So I rang up SamT and we watched a few episodes of the American office at 0300 in the morning. Use up some time like. Then at 0350 we walked to the coach via Rich's and got on the coach. The coach journey went fairly quickly mainly because we were so tired. A few hours later we arrived at Bristol and checked in fairly quickly. I was frisked twice (must think my 'kind eyes' are deceiving) and after waiting around for a couple hours and a terrible Burger Kind we boarded the plane.
We were told that on the plane we would all be sat as a big group but oddly enough we were all over the place. I was sat next to an awesome American couple who were a bit of a laugh so the flight went fairly quickly. A few great window view pictures, couple episodes of CSI, 2 in flight meals, 8 glasses of water and 4 and a half hours of music later we touched down at Newark, New Jersey.
Immigration went smoothly for us all apart from poor old Matt, who due to his ‚Äòcommon name‚Äô was taken away. As he hobbled back to our group outside the airport a couple hours later everyone gave him a round of applause. I personally think he was just hiding in the restrooms, attention seeking or what?!
After waiting around for the coach we drove to NYC and our hostel Chelsea International. It was very nice for a hostel and I jumped straight into the shower for the quickest shower on record before we headed to a great restaurant 'The Park' on 18th on 10th Ave.
Best. Steak. Ever.
Made my day it did.
Then we went to Times Square, where light floods the place. Was great to be back and just sit watching everything happening in Times Square. Will never get sick of that place.
After we all headed back to the hostel to get some sleep, and I shared a room with Ollie, Ben and Chris for the duration of the trip.