Location: Cookham, England
We are now well versed in the art of waitressing, and have settled into life in the biggest share hose in the smallest village evar.
One day we will sit down and tell you all about it, but for now if you're bored feel free to find 2 new excitingly outdated installments from Florida and Baltimore.
Location: Cookham, UK
Alriiiight - just a quick hello to all those people who keep harassing us to put up an update and those who haven't harassed us but keep checking back in blind hope that one day we will actually update this page.
We are now in Cookham which is a cute little village in the English countryside where we have internet access and not that much to do and 3 months in which to do it, so we're gonna get things updated! You will note that we have occassionally added photos, but today we have also added a new diary entry dated 12 Jan 2010 from Cancun :)
If we've learned nothing else from the last three months we now know that we are not and never will be dilligent bloggers, so sorry about that, but we are trying...
Location: New York, USA
So we're not dead... but only just. We're still in NYC and lovin it, off to freezing cold Toronto tomorrow to stay with Noosh's sister and bro in law, where we anticipate not leaving the house much, if at all, so hopefully we will manage to get ourselves completely updated very soon.
We departed Philly after farewelling our new friends and getting another of phillys best coffee, bound for New York on the trusty greyhound. After arriving in New York and getting all excited looking up at all the buildings and walking through times square, just around the corner from our hostel, one of the first things we did was find the cheap broadway ticket booth and decided to go to a show. After changing our minds several times we settled on Rock of Ages. We wandered the streets a bit more we had an early dinner then headed to the show. It was basically an 80s rock tribute and was great fun. After the show we wandered the streets again and became best mates with Antonio, the guy who worked in the swatch shop on times square and talked to us for 45 mins about Colombia. We didnt buy a watch
Next morning we joined forces with our Australian roommate and new BFF Gemma and headed downtown via the extraordinarily confusing subway. It took us three goes and a very patient police officer to get us going in the right direction. Once in the right spot we walked all down downtown, the financial district, wall st, ground zero etc and had lunch at an amazing Chinese noodle bar. We thought about getting a ferry to the statue of liberty and almost ended up on staten island but then decided it was way too cold and we didnt really have enough time so we decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with a few of Gemmas mates instead. Probably the least likely option of the two which would result in Noosh contracting hypothermia (it's only about 4 degrees but we weren't dressed for the occasion). It was really cool coz we went just as the sun was setting (and temperature dropping with it) so we got some great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. After that we headed back to our hostel as fast as we could to warm up and get ready for some Australia Day celebrations. Our intention was to go to the Sunburnt Cow for dinner and drinks (an aussie pub in the east village which was having aus day celebrations) but by the time we got out there it was at capacity and we couldnt get in. Not to be deterred we went to a german pub down the road to eat, where we met a couple of random old American men, who then came with us when we went back to the sunburnt cow to try again. Happily this time we were successful and were allowed in, (despite Gemma not being 21) and got to meet up with Pete who wed met in Philly, and his mate Ade. They had coopers pale in bottles AND they rolled them for you! Add to that $20 for 3 hours of drinks and needless to say it was a good night which ended with mouldy street vendor hot dogs best weve ever tasted!
Next day was a bit of a recovery day. Gemma and Noosh went and got us cheap ballet tickets, then me and noosh went wandering while gemma went to the theatre. We managed to see the Public Library which is a beautiful old building, went back to the swatch shop and got some watches, but alas, no Antonio :( That night was the New York Ballet where we saw Sleeping Beauty which was fantastic. None of us had been to the ballet so it was a great experience those dancers are absolutely amazing!!
Next morning we woke to snow falling which was very exciting. We bid a sad farewell to Gemma who departed for Ohio, then proceeded to walk the entire boundary of Central Park a bloody long way let me tell you! Our mission was to find the Met (metropolitan museum) however we neglected to check a map properly and started walking up Central Park West, when it was actually on the east
it was a nice enough walk in the freezing cold and we did eventually find the met, but were too cheap to actually go in. On the way home via 5th avenue we stopped and did some shopping and got tickets to see The Lion King, which was fantastic!
Friday the 29th was supposed to be our last day in New York. It started unpleasantly early when the girl who had replaced Gemma in our rooms alarm went off at 5am, and she managed to sleep through it, or at least didnt feel the need to turn it off. We were not impressed. We got up and sent packages of things we could no longer carry home, got our bus tickets for Niagara Falls the next day, then headed up the empire state building. My god it was cold! The view was spectacular, but we had to take it in turns running out onto the observation deck and taking pictures for fear of losing fingers to frostbite. We then headed to get our hair cut kinda random but we picked up a deal in times square which sounded too good to be true and totally was, but at least we both managed a decent trim to go with the hideous nail polish before heading back the hostel to get organized before meeting up with our mate Jess who wed met in Brazil. Given that we had an early bus and Jess had been on antibiotics all week we were anticipating a very quiet night oh how wrong we were.
We met jess at the Brass Monkey, a pub in the meat packing district where we had dinner and some wine, then we were joined by the Brits, Pete and Ade, and the rest is history. We missed our bus out, had to pay for an extra night at the hostel which involved moving into another room which we shared with the worlds loudest and most aggressive snorer, and spent the whole day feeling pretty rancid. We have now changed our plans and decided to head straight to Toronto to visit Yasanthi and Mark.
Location: Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia was a pleasant surprise it has to be said. I dont think that either of us had much if any expectations for the place, and we had a fantastic few days.
We arrived around lunch time and checked into our hostel, which is by far the best weve stayed in so far. At first the concept of an 18 person dorm didnt seem like such a good set up, but it worked surprisingly well. We went for a bit of a wander around and Noosh went for a run to the art centre which she heard was famous or something. When we got there it did look vaguely familiar and we deduced from the people selling Rocky tshirts and the large statue of Rocky out the front that the building was from a famous scene in a Rocky film. Having not seen a single movie but being the diligent tourists that we are, we got photos of noosh running up and down the stairs, and us in front of the statue. Watching at least one Rocky movie has now been placed on the 100 things to do before we die list
We returned to the hostel via city hall where we discovered the location of their nuclear fallout shelter handy then went for a famous philly cheesesteak (and appropriate vegetarian option) which was awesome, before embarking on a walking ghost tour of the city which was quite entertaining, followed by free beer which is always pleasant. Almost everyone who was staying there that night was congregated in the lounge, so a group of us decided to go test the philly night life. We had a little difficulty given one of our members was not *quite* 21 and therefore couldnt get in anywhere but eventually found a pub whose bouncer was either confused by the Australian license or just didnt care, and let us in. We had a few beers with our new welsh, English and aussie mates, then headed home when everyone in the city was kicked out of every pub at about midnight. Quite strange. Turned out that the welsh lads had an early morning bus and were leaving at 7am the next morning, so everyone attempted to stay up with them in solidarity
it didnt quite work. Noosh bailed at about 4, and I kicked on for at least another hour. We hear that they did make it to their bus tho.
Next morning we were rudely awaken by the communal lights being turned on at 10am which was an absolute nightmare at the time, but a very good thing otherwise we probably would have slept all day and missed the sights of Philadelphia. Its a really cool city so much history right in the middle of town. Not being all that high on life that day we did get a little over the American history paraphernalia and were suitably unimpressed with the liberty bell, but pushed on. We went to the worlds oldest inhabited street, found the worlds (maybe philadelphias
) best coffee then went to reading markets where noosh had the worlds best vegetarian meal of her life ever! That night was movie night at the hostel, where we FINALLY managed to watch The Hangover after many many failed attempts over the previous 6 months.
Location: Baltimore, USA
So last time we wrote we were in Baltimore, we'd just got our coats and boots and were on our way to Washington DC. Rudy dropped us off and we went on our own walking tour of the Nation's capital. After getting our bearings, taking few pics in front of the Capitol and wandering for a bit we discovered an ice skating rink on the Mall in the Art Musem's sculpture garden. Despite the fact that neither of us have any ice skating talent and Noosh has balance issues at the best of times we decided to have a crack. All up it was a successful venture, no one fell over, we had fun laughing at each other and attempting to avoid squealing American teenagers, and Noosh even did a whole lap without holding the sides! (theres even a photo to prove it). Seeing as we were surrounded by the Smithsonian, and because we thought Freddie would be proud, we thought we'd better at least walk into a museum while we were there, so we went to the Museum of American History where we saw ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, Kermit the Frog, Fonzie's jacket, Julia Child's kitchen (apparently they painstakingly removed it piece by piece from her house and put it in the museum), as well as the original star spangled banner, and lots of other cool stuff. After that it was getting a bit cold and dark so we walked a bit further to the Washington Monument then up to the White House and got a cab back to the bus station and headed back to Baltimore.
Upon arrival Freddie picked us up with exciting news that not only did her hairdresser know one of the original members of The Committee (the tv show group that Hairspray was based on), she still had all her memorabilia and was going to try and dig some of it out. Well that pretty much made our day, then she informed us that despite it being out of season shed found a place that did steamed crabs year round, and thats where we were headed for dinner!
For those uneducated (such as us) in the art of steamed crabs let me tell you it was quite the adventure, and great fun. Basically they steam whole fresh crabs, add a bit of seasoning, hand you a mallet, some newspaper and a bucket and off you go. Freddie carefully explained the art of eating a crab and showed us the best method to use in order to get the most meat, then we went at it ourselves and had a wonderful time getting dirty and smashing up crabs. We are both inspired and intend to go crabbing once we get back home so much fun!
So the next day we embarked on our Hairspray tour of Baltimore. For those who dont know or havent really cared up until now about the fun and excitement that is Hairspray which we have a small obsession with, just watch the movie, it will sound less dumb then me trying to explain
anyhoo, Freddie and Rudy drove us all through the old part of town where the kids used to live, and we even went to the actual studio where they used to film the show very exciting! We had lunch at Café Hon which is a 60s themed restaurant with a lot of big hair, pink stuff and feather boas. It was great fun, theres a lot of really cool shops down the streets, a most enjoyable afternoon.
For dinner we had a wonderful home cooked meal of spaghetti pie with real or faux sausage depending on your dietary requirements, and because it was Rudys birthday, tapioca pudding birthday cake for desert. We were so well looked after that we didnt want to leave, but unfortunately we had to keep moving, so said goodbye to our wonderful hosts the next day, armed with Tofurkey sandwiches and cookies, and got back on the Greyhound bound for Philadelphia.
Location: Baltimore, USA
Good morning Baltimore!! For those who know us well (or were subjected to our singing on road trips Mads, Margie, Carol...) you would appreciate how excited we are to be here in the home of Hairspray! Yesterday our wonderful, obliging and enthusiastic host Freddie took us shopping around to find winter coats and boots, so now we are geared up and ready to face the North American winter, at least a bit better.
We have again been negligent in our writings and are preparing another mammoth update of all things Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Florida, so feel free to skip over that one when it comes out, or set aside some time for some light reading.
Over the next 2 days we intend to do a Hairspray tour of Baltimore and visit the nation's capital, Washington DC, which is only and hour or so from here.
Stand by for lots and lots of photos, probably in the very distant future given our track record... :)