And back to LA/Santa Maria for the end of our adventure!
22.12.2012 - 04.01.2013 3 °C
So we arrive in La Guardia Airport and havent got accommodation booked for the night... Great! Another sleepless night in the airport... We arrive in around 11pm, try our luck with options to find somewhere to stay for the night, so with no luck we end up with about another 50 travellers, in the food court area all sleeping on this warm vent next to the window... Besides the stiff back, the warmth actually made it somewhat comfortable...
I think all in all about 2-3 hrs sleep at tops..
Haha decided to eat something around 6:30am for Breakfast. We had arranged to drop our bags off at our apartment at 9am so decided to start making our way there. So this was a bit of an adventure, we had no idea where to go.. We got dropped off in the 'Ghetto' with so much luggage, we had to walk about 7 streets back to 119th Street, where we stayed. We arrived, needless to say by the expression on my face, I was completely over it, and just wanted to sleep!!! Haha
It was in Harlem approx 9 streets north of Central Park. The first two days I must say I felt pretty scared to walk around at all. We got to the apartment and couldnt get on to the caretaker to drop off our bags, so Bryan stayed with the luggage and I had to wander off to find a payphone to call him... It was a little intimidating... Even the caretaker said to Bryan when he Let him in, (I was still walking back from the payphone) "She went on her own, that's brave.." Ahhh so a tad more scared now, thanks champ. Haha
So our bags are dropped off, all we wanted to do was sleep, but we couldn't check in till around 3pm, so put on a brave face and off to explore NYC for the first time!Bring it on!!
We walked down to Central Park and walked around. We couldn't believe how big it was... It was really pretty though!
We felt like we had been walking forever, and we weren't even 1/2 way down... Haha, so we caught a bus down to Union Square (lower part of Manhattan, around 10th Street, got a much needed coffee and had a wander. Decided to get a few groceries to take back and by that time it was getting on 2pm we decided to head back and call it a night. Cooked some wonderful Butter Chicken, it was actually amazing!! Scuze the unmade bed lol.. Gets like that on holidays!!
And we settled into our lovely little apartment for the night. Next morning was Christmas Eve for us... We spent the morning at home so we could call the family on Christmas day, then we went down the grocery store and spent a good 2 hours in there getting our supplies for our massive cook up for our Christmas Day.
On the way home from the Grocery store, we also got some little decorations for the apartment, and some lights, we couldn't find a little tree to buy so we thought we would improvise and found a large forked branch which we thought we would decorate with Christmas light... Definitely not what we are used to.. But it was our special tree...
Afterward we made some dinner and decided to head into Times Square to go and check out the Christmas Tree at the Rockerfella Centre. This was our first time in the city at night. It was just such a sight, so many people around, and the lights are just phenomenal!!
We also went to the m&m store and Bryan wanted to get something from Mobile car called Weed World Candies. We got some lollipops
We took lots of photos and decided that we were freezing so headed home around 11pm, after a nice slice of 'New York Style' pizza.
On the way home we found someone cuttings from an actual christmas tree on the way home.
Couldn't be more perfect! And home just in time to tuck in before Santa comes
Christmas Morning!! Yay!! Finally got to do my White Christmas in New York City. Was a very special day! And to spend it with amazing company!
We woke up, it wasn't quite snowing outside but it looked like it had snowed a bit during the night. Oh well you can't win them all!
After exchanging a few presents, I got Bryan a watch, a tripod for his camera, some cologne, Armani It smells amazing!
Some Victoria Secret lingerie, mainly a gift for me.. Or him, just to justify me buying them haha
Shaving kit with clippers and shaving cream brush so he's now covered on all angles, grooming wise!
and a few other little gifts.
He then gave me my present. A box of Fruit Loops!! For those who don't know, little bit of a tradition in my family, so I was stoked.
I must admit I felt kind of bad only giving Alana a box of fruit loops after she had just given me all these really nice gifts, But I had somthing to make up for it.
Anyway then we decided to make some breakfast Alana wanted to have a shower first. So i quickly got to work so she would come out of the bathroom to a bed full of rose petals and a massive bunch of red roses.
none of this was planned before this trip, and it is probably a shock to most people but i truly love Alana and I have never been happier with anybody and this big trip we have done together had made me realise that definitely. I though it would be a pretty special place to make ever lasting memories
My first reaction when I walked out of the bathroom was, "Awww your so cute babe. Thanks" and I thought that was it...
Then.... He gave me the biggest hug and told me that he loved me so much and that this was the most amazing trip ever and that being with me, every day on this trip made him realise that he wanted to be with me for the rest of his life.
He got down on one knee and pulled this ring out and asked me to marry him......
so yes we are now engaged if you already didn't know any crazy in love <3
Made me the luckiest girl and the best Christmas ever!
We started cooking our amazing feast for Christmas. We made a beef roast with lots of veges. I made an amazing Spinach, Pumpkin & Pinenut salad, Potato Salad, Tradition American favourite 'Mac n Cheese' and the best gravy to go with.
The feast fed us for almost the rest of the week, which was great!
We then finally because of the time difference, could start to try call our families for Christmas and to break the news...
It was pretty funny telling the family... Everyone was rightly shocked but happy for us!
We then met with my friends Ash and Arica & Ash's mum Marguerite and we had a few cocktails at the Nomad Hotel, a classy little ritzy hotel where the cocktails were exy but oh so delish... It was so lovely and cosy to spend it with friends We had a lovely night celebrating and carrying on haha and then headed home around 130am. Very nice night all in all!!
Boxing day, we slept in for a bit of the day and kinda decided we didn't really have any reason to rush outside. It was actually a lot more colder today, so we stayed in, enjoyed one another's company and watched some movies!
Today we caught the subway down to Brooklyn and decided to check out the streets down there. We wandered around for a bit in search of a cool spot on Bedford Ave, that we were told to check out but we never found it... We decided to head back down into Manhattan and spent the rest of the afternoon there, wandering and browsing the shops.
New years Eve! We had a lovely day, made a nice breakfast and ventured into the city for a bit, then headed home to get ready for the night. We cooked a lovely pasta and had a few bottles of wine at the apartment, then around 1030pm we headed into Times Square. It was awful. You couldnt move as soon as you walked up the subway to the street, there were people everywhere and the police had most of it blocked off so you couldnt move within 2 metres of the stairs to the subway. We basically thought "f*** this, lets go to Central Park and watch the fireworks. So we made our way back down the Subway, managed to slip through the barrier without paying, and went to the closest stop to Central Park. We still had to walk a fair ways to get to central park and it was 1145 by then so we were pushing it... We got there and found a good secluded spot on a hill and took some photos and drank our wine out of Coke bottles! haha
HAPPY NEW YEAR! To a great year ahead!
We slept in today as I'm sure most people did. Again, no real reason to rush getting up. We went to the store and got some supplies for the rest of our stay for the last few nights.
Today we ventured out of the apartment around lunchtime, we decided that we wanted to go see Statue of Liberty. So we did a bit of research and we found out that we can go on the Staten Island ferry for free. We basically caught the subway down towards Lower Manhattan, walked the streets till we got down to Battery Park. It was almost sunset and we got some amazing photos of the sunset and the Statue in the far distance.
We then boarded the Staten Island ferry and basically caught it there and back. It was fun, something to do and we saw the Statue, up close. It was so cool. Got some alright photos, but you had to stand outside where it was freezing to get good ones, so you didn't take them through the glass. Was pretty hard with the boat moving and the lighting, needing to put the camera lens on a slower shutter speed. We tried our best! Then we walked around the lower part of Manhattan, and saw Wall St, and the bulls backside, Chinatown, bartered and got some souvenirs. Saw where 9/11 happened and the memorial site and then got a packet of Oreo's on the way home to make with our ice cream. A great evening we had but it was time to get out of the cold, to the comfort of our bed as it was freezing and really windy!
Went out to check at the post office for the parcel and they advised it was to be delivered today! Hallelujah, so stoked, should have the parcel ready and waiting when we get home tonight, since we weren't going to be home until late.. We spent our last day sightseeing and shopping around. I wanted to find an amazing fur coat, one of the things I've always wanted to buy.. Found the most amazing one and had to have it.. Poor credit card Then we went to meet with my gorgeous friend Ash for her birthday! It was so special.
There we were, in this little Italian restaurant in the middle of Little Italy/Chinatown and there is about 8 of us in total and 6 of us are from Tweed. It was so surreal to have so many there to celebrate her special night We had a lovely dinner and a few glasses of wine. before venturing out to this little lounge bar, which we both agreed was probably the best bar we went to on the entire trip so far.
Imagine, walking the streets of Chinatown, walking up a dark alley way with nothing but no lights on hardly.. We had to trust, that Ash's boyfriend, a local "New Yorker" and knows all the spots/ hangs to be, knew where he was going. Looked like we were going no where, and then walked up to a big black door which had to signage or anything out the front to suggest it wasn't anything more than someones place. We walk inside, it has like a red curtain up around the door, so when you walk through the curtain, you come into a quaint little bar, called Apotheke. It was really nice place, comfy cosy lounges, really exclusive, not many people were allowed in unless you knew someone. They had a menu to die for. The bar staff were all dressed in white lab coats and served cocktails in glasses, that were made as actual 'cocotions'. Examples like, honey nectar, lavender, egg whites, fruits, spices, rose water, to name a few and were labelled in headings on the menu such as Euphoric Enhancers, Health & Beauty and Aphrodisiacs. They had the best dj playing the coolest chilled out tunes & it was an amazing night socialising, drinking and dancing. We got home and the package hadn't been delivered or was stolen, I was devastated
We didnt take the camera out for this night for obvious reasons, so don't really have any to show!
The next morning we had to check out as our New York adventure was finally over We thought it would be worth a chance to try our luck checking out if the parcel had come from home as one last desperate attempt to maybe finally recover it. We waited in line forever and it was almost time for us to be back at the apartment. Finally got served, waited a long time and was beginning to think, obviously they cant find it, when she comes walking out with this massive parcel. The first thing we both did, was look at it and think, where the hell is that gunna fit with our already overweight luggage.... Ahhhhh "Thankssss MUM!!! haha..." Nah but we got some lovely little pressies in it and a few indulgences that we had been missing!
We collected all our luggage and then had the lovely experience with 1 large snowboard bag, a massive suitcase, about 3 bags the size of carry on, then handbags and backpacks later, we boarded a bus (finally after the bus almost took off without me, cuz I was trying to lift on board 3 bags, we got to the airport $2.25 later.... Even though it was a mission and the worst thing, well it was cheap, what can you expect... Haha. We finally got to the airport, and was probably the first time we have ever been early for a flight and feeling like we are not running to it!
By the way... We have noticed on every single one of our flights since we have travelled internally within the US, ever gate we depart from at the airport. It is ALWAYS and I mean every time, the very last one at the end of the 'wing'.... Every time, we are like, are you kidding me?? Really... From 10 flights all at the very end.... Anyway thats my rant....
Back to the story. So we arrive into LAX then collect luggage and head to catch the transfer to Van Nuys (Van Eyes) where its only a short cab ride to my Uncle Bills. We were soo angry though, the cab driver didnt know where he was going so took us the totally long way and then had the hide to 'bitch' about his tip, and about paying on credit card... saying we didn't give enough. I was so angry. We argued for a good bit, he got the shits, I was still angry but glad I didn't give in!
Now on to the last part of the journey..