new york

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.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

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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.

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Free Admission Tuesday 9/11 Museum

Free Admission Tuesday 9/11 Museum

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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.

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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!

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Change of plans

Wegens onvoorziene omstandigheden zal ik mijn reis naar Thailand voor onbepaalde duur moeten uitstellen. Hoeveel pijn het ook doet om mijn Junior Suite en mijn Beachfront Pool Villa (wijnkelder! rond bad! privé strand!) in Koh Samui te annuleren, het kan niet anders. Maar Meneer Van Boxem zou Meneer Van Boxem niet zijn moest hij niet met een gelijkwaardig alternatief komen.

Zo wordt plan B dat eerst plan A was terug plan A. Cityhoppen in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. En dat ziet er momenteel zo uit in mijn hoofd:

Brussels Airlines Business Class naar Washington en dan verder naar mijn goede vriend New York om daar nog eens een musical mee te pikken. Vanuit New York zou het dan gaan naar zoveel mogelijk steden. Waar ik zeker naartoe wil: Chicago, San Francisco en Los Angeles. Als ik per stad 2 of 3 dagen blijf moet dat lukken. Er geraken zal met vliegtuig, trein of bus zijn.

“En gaat ge alleen?” hoor ik u al vragen. Ja. Allez, half en half. Mijn vluchten en het naar de volgende stad gaan zal alleen zijn maar verblijven zal ik er doen via het fantastische Couchsurfing. Hier heb ik persoonlijk geweldige herinneringen aan en het is de perfecte manier om nieuwe mensen te leren kennen en binnen een budget te blijven.

Iemand tips voor wat ik zeker moet doen of waar ik zeker naartoe moet? Andere ideeën voor steden zijn zeer welkom! Of mensen die de drang voelen om met mij mee te gaan, doe gerust. Het zal in het tweede deel van juni zijn.

Ik hoor het wel!

Oohja, misschien ook wel tof om erbij te zetten: in diezelfde periode ga ik ook Lufthansa First Class vliegen. Twee keer. Met alles erop en eraan. Ze gaan mij daar zien komen…