Map from The Great Circle Mapper
Had pancakes and bacon - a typical
American meal - for breakfast. I was given a plate with three tubs of
syrup and six packets of butter and thought I will never need all
that - then my plate arrived. American pancakes are like what we
would call Scotch Pancakes but, like most things in America, a lot
bigger. Each one is about the size of a saucer/small plate. I was
very full by the time I had finished!
I then went to buy a charger for my
'phone as my 240V one won't work. Then we went back to the hotel room
and watched the news of more bomb attatcks in London, luckily no one
seems to have been killed this time. Why does Islam seem to be the
only religion in the world that produces suicide bombers? In the
first few centuries of Christianity the church had problems with
everyone wanting to be martyrs, but they didn't kill other people at
the same time. The nutcase Christian fundamentalists that go round
blowing up abortion clinics aren't suicide bombers.
We then had a limo transfer to the
airport, checked in fine, on to a flight an hour earlier than the one
we were booked on. We then had to go through security. Our bags went
through the scanner and then we had to be body scanned and have our
It feels a bit intrusive when someone
is poking through your wash bag and I must remember not to wear an
underwired bra when flying in future!
So, some final thoughts on New
York. I like it more now than when I first arrived. I don't think
being here in a heatwave helped. However, I do find it a bit noisy
and crowded. I am sure people don't need to use car horns as much as
they do. The roads are so crowded that you see emergency services
stuck in traffic jams when trying to answer emergency calls. I have
also been surprised by the number of street stalls there are, one
every few yards.
Not a lot to say about the two
short flights, got a drink and pretzels on one and just a drink on
We and our luggage all managed to
arrive in Buffalo without any problems. We then had a short wait for
the transfer to Niagara. This was in a minibus, there were only three
passengers, us and a guy from Bermuda going to a friends funeral. A
car in front of us on the road seemed to be having a few problems and
at one point bounced of the central reservation but we got to the
border with no problems. Passports were checked and we had a bit of a
grilling from the border guard before being let through.
Our accommodation here is somewhat
different to New York. We have our own room in the Rainbow Falls
Hostel. It has a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and a
single on top. Toilets and bathrooms are sown the brightly painted
corridor. There is no air conditioning and the weather is still very
hot. After checking in we headed into town in search of food. Round
the hostel is very quiet,it was nice to be able to walk along and
heat the crickets rather than car horns. We then got offered a lift
on the Magical Mystery bus, which belongs to the hostel. It is an old
school bus which has been given a 60's hippy style make over. Once we
had been dropped in the centre of town we quickly found a bar for
some beers and food.
Canadian beer is still lager but much
better than the American stuff, it has taste and flavour. For dinner
Andrew had a huge pizza some of which was put into a box for us to
bring back. I had a steak and cheese sandwich with fries and despite
not having eaten since breakfast still didn't manage to eat it all.
After that we walked down to the
The centre of Niagara reminds me of an English seaside resort.
Gaudy neon signs, ghost trains, fun houses and amusement arcades as
well as crazy golf and sweet shops - just like Bridlington. The falls
looked beautiful. The lighting effects make the water look like a
rainbow of different colours. We then walked back along the river to
the hostel which takes about 20mins. Once away from the centre
Niagara is very quiet and peaceful. The houses all seem to be mainly
wooden - clapboard I think. They have very large verandas and are
only two stories high - very different to New York.
Will have to get up early to phone
the Australian High Commission.
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