I was out on my own again on Monday and it seems like every time I hit the streets alone, the weather changes rapidly. While the New York weather was very nice, sunny and warm, over the weekend, which was actually pretty good because we spent a lot of time outdoors, on Monday there was a drizzling rain right from the start of the day.
So everybody encouraged me to go to Times Square, because you haven’t been to New York if you haven’t been to Times Square. I have to admit it’s, just like the rest of the city anyway, very impressive. But at the same time, this was a place where I really felt like a tourist. Lots of travelling groups all over the place. I heard French on the way to Times Square in the subway. People were taking pictures all the time (and I was too, just so you know). Unfortunately, by the time I arrived there the rain really kicked in and it was raining cats and dogs. People were running, seeking shelter and I was just happy I managed to grab a hot dog before I was soaked.
Obviously there are a lot of posters and advertisments at Times Square, but one really caught my attention. You know people always rave about sellouts in the punkrock scene, but what should anyone say about the guy from Blink182 having his own TV show? Okay, so Green Day have a musical on Broadway. Maybe I’m just getting old.
When the rain was getting weaker I set off to Central Park which in this weather is a rather nice place to go for a walk. There was almost nobody there and although I was wandering around the most southern part I culd sense what this place must feel like during summer. And what a relief t must be when you want t escape the loud and rowdy sounds of the city. Although at some points you were able to see the buildings surrounding the park, the scenery is so different from the rest of the city.
While sitting near the lake a couple dropped by, took some photos and then we had a small talk. Seems to happen all the time here, which reminds me a little bit of Cologne, where people are being rumoured to be a bit more open towards strangers than people are in the rest of Germany.
I left Central Park to do some shopping my sister had asked me to do and when I was finished with that I was ready to go back home. But one wrong decision and I was some place where I didn’t want to end up. I was struggling to find a station for the F Train and I have to admit, although the subway system looks rather easy, the way the maps are located over the platforms is just, let’s say, tough. So I ended up near the Court House, needed some time to orientate myself and then headed for East Broadway, which took me right across Chinatown. It was very interesting to walk down the street without hearing a single english word at all. A world of its own and very beautiful and interesting indeed.
Back home in Brooklyn I took my hosts out to dinner and then accompanied him to a normal bar where we were watching the Monday Night Football game. The place wasn’t packed, but t was definitely a different experience to watch a sport I somehow just don’t seem to get into with other people. Again, a very nice way to end the day.