12 Hours….

Half a day….

That’s how long I spent sitting on a cramped coach, it’s one thing sleeping…I like sleep, sleep is good – boring – but good, dreams are good too, I have nothing against sleep, the only problem I have is sleeping in a moving vehicle with very little leg room and uncomfortable seats, consequently all of this put together – my demand for sleep and the reasons for me not to be able to sleep – means that little sleep was consumed on the journey.

The first coach driver we had was a pretty cool guy, but obviously on laws prohibit them from driving for 12 hours straight so we had to change drivers.

You would expect a person who was a coach driver to know how to drive a coach, or even how to start one, the first driver had to give the replacement a crash course in how to turn the ignition off of all things, and from what I can gather he was under the impression the first driver parked somewhere other than the ground….

Along the way we stopped off at the New Jersey Turnpike for breakfast and a rest from sitting down (we were about 30 minutes from the hotel, I don’t think anyone was in the mood to do very much else).

New York 2006
New York 2006

Our driver managed to excel even more and took about 15 minutes to find the hotel – driving down every road except the one he was supposed to and then managed to park in a place causing the maximum amount of disruption.

By the time we actually got to the West Side Y we only had about 45 minutes till the scheduled city tour, so we dumped our bags and cursed the fact that we hadn’t had any sleep.

New York 2006
New York 2006

The City Tour took a few hours and showed us some of the main parts of Manhattan, we stopped off at Greenwich Town and had a subway before starting the journey back to the hotel.

New York 2006

Some of you may know that on Thanksgiving Day there is a parade through Manhattan, the night before they blow up the big balloons that will be used the next morning…we found this out while wandering around and decided to ‘follow the crowd’ and take some photos of the balloon blowing ceremony.

New York 2006
New York 2006

More photos and commentary to come…