New York

After an amazing time in Singapore it was time to get to my favourite city in the world: New York. Getting there was quite a pain in the ass. First I needed to catch a flight a 6am from Singapore to Tokyo, an 8 hour flight. Then I had a 2 hour layover, and then 12 hours to New York! As I previously mentioned I can’t sleep on airplanes, so it was quite horrible. Leaving Japan at 4pm and arriving in New York at 4pm messed me quite up. Fortunately Delta took good care of me. The food was eatable, the crew tried to smile and they had an extensive entertainment system (available in Dutch!). Can’t remember which movies I’ve seen, but I guess they were enjoyable (ooh wait, I remember Begin Againgood movie that one).

But then finally, I was in New York! Unfortunately my ESTA had just expired so I needed to wait in line at customs for another 2 hours… Passport got stamped, luggage got collected and off I went, to Downtown Manhattan where I was staying. Thanks to the amazing website Couchsurfing I’ve met some wonderful people on one of my previous trips to New York. They are awesome, super welcoming and they have the coolest dog in the world.

After a well-deserved night of sleep my third adventure in New York finally started. As always I had no plan, except watching as much musicals as possible and visiting the new 9/11 museum. I just love strolling around this city, taking pictures. You see a lot off cool stuff happening in this city. Close to the TKTS booth at South Street Seaport (my daily stop on this trip) I came across some guys dressed up as sailors in a photoshoot.


Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge



Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan


FDNY in action

FDNY in action

After that I went to the finished One World Trade Center. The Observation Deck wasn’t open yet (it is now) but I managed to get a free ticket for the 9/11 museum. This was really a special experience. The museum is a must visit, it’s an impressive place build with respect for the people who died on this horrible day. There’s one room filled with pictures of those who lost their lives and you can read the story of every single one of them. Quite emotional to say at least.


Free Admission Tuesday 9/11 Museum

Free Admission Tuesday 9/11 Museum


The main reason of my visit to New York was the same as always, catch some new Broadway shows. I’m very happy that I was possible to add three more shows to my list. I managed to see the new hit on Broadway Finding Neverland, 2014 Tony Winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and 2015 Tony nominee On The Town.

Finding Neverland was truly amazing. With an incredible cast (Matthew Morrison (that guy from Glee), Kelsey Grammer, Laura M Kelly, Carolee Carmello,…) the show is a must-see. They just released their Cast Recording, I have it on repeat for 3 days straight now. Strangely they were totally ignored at the Tony Awards

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In Singapore I visited the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and in New York I managed to arrange a private property tour in one of the best hotels in the city, Langham Place New York. The hotel is beautiful, the rooms have amazing views and the hotel even has it’s own Hairsalon. You can find the article I wrote (in Dutch) here.

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On my last full day I decided to walk from Downtown Manhattan through Chinatown and Midtown to Central Park. It was a beautiful walk via all the major sights. Had a wonderful lunch at Vanessa’s Dumplings too.


The 95 million dollar Penthouse

The 95 million dollar Penthouse

After a couple of wonderful days in New York it was time to say goodbye and to head home again. The flight back to Brussels was fortunately a little bit more comfortable as I flew Brussels Airlines Business Class for the fifth time. The crew was nice, the food delicious and the flight smooth.

But yeah, New York is and will be my favourite city. I like it so much that I will go back in November, before heading on a roadtrip via LA, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Another trip to look forward too!



#amerikatrip: Inleiding

Hoera! Morgen is het zover! Voor de derde keer zal ik op het vliegtuig stappen met als bestemming de Verenigde Staten. Ditmaal zal het niet enkel New York zijn maar land ik eerst in Washington om dan na een paar dagen door te vliegen naar Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles en dan via Washington terug naar huis. Dat ziet er zo uit:



6 vluchten waarvan 3 in Business, kan ik mee leven. Bij Brussels Airlines ziet dat er zo uit (hoera Jelle De Beule)! Binnen de VS zal ik enkel vliegen met United, dus ik hoop dat dat wat gaat meevallen.

Verblijven doe ik dankzij CouchSurfing weer volledig gratis. Ik heb weer de nodige porties chocolade bij dus ik zal er niet met lege handen aankomen. En aan de hoeveelheid hot tubs en gyms te zien dat mijn hosts op, onder of in hun appartement of huis hebben zal ik ook mijn dagelijkse portie sport hebben. Nu enkel hopen dat mijn hosts bereid zijn om samen naar de Belgische WK-wedstrijden te kijken, ik heb mijn gewonnen truitje alvast in mijn koffer steken 🙂


PS: ik ga bij al mijn posts en foto’s #amerikatrip gebruiken, zodat iedereen (maar vooral ikzelf achteraf) heel makkelijk kan volgen.