New York, New York

The long holiday is just a few days away. Normally, I don’t do much for that holiday other than staying home but this year I’ll be doing a little site seeing in the big apple. Must like my trip to Hong Kong, I’ll be bringing along my trusty camera to take photographs of everything.

So here’s the game plan. Currently, my brother is in the process of bidding on a hotel room in hopes of getting a room for two nights for $100 or less. If he’s able to find one for that price, it would make the trip a little cheaper. We’ll be renting a car for the weekend which will cost around $80. I’m not sure where he’s getting these prices from since they sound so cheap. The last time I rented a car, it cost me $150 for the weekend and that’s at a special rate of $19.99/day. Somehow, that translated to $150 for two days. Go figure.

At present, my SD card for my camera appears to be a bit slow so I decided to buy another one. I have others laying around the house somewhere but I can’t find them. Luckily, Best Buy sent me an email informing me about a sale on for a couple packs of 2GB SD card for $29.99 which sounds pretty cheap.

I wanted to buy it online and then go pick it up at the store but the Best Buy in Burlington was out of stock. I didn’t have a choice but to order it and have it delivered. The other option was to go pick it up in Oakville but I wasn’t willing to drive 30km to the nearest Best Buy just for a couple of SD cards.

I’m hoping that the cards will arrive before or on Friday because we’re thinking of leaving Friday night and get into New York City by the afternoon. The drive from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to New York, New York, USA is over 700km so at an average speed of 100km/h that will take us about seven hours. We’ll be in New York by sunrise so we might be able to put in a little site seeing before having to check into the hotel. The hotel is located in Jersey since it’s cheaper to stay there than in New York City.

There are a few places that I’d like to visit while I’m in New York. The Statue of Liberty is one of them. Central Park is probably another place that I’d like to see although I’m not too sure that’s special about it. As far as I know, it’s a park in the middle of a big city. But around the corner from that is the site where the World Trade Center used to stand. I’d like to see what they’ve done with the place since 911. There’s also Time Square, the Empire State building, Grand Central Station, Wall Street, the Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building. I’m sure there are lots more to see.

I’m hoping that everything goes well and we don’t get stopped at the border. I’ve heard nothing but horror stories about border guards and it’s likely that I’ll have a story of my own. I’m sure that going into the US isn’t going to be a problem but we might run into some delays when trying to leave.