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Yesterday July 21, 2006

Posted by Amanda in Travel Diary, Uncategorized.
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Some days, travelling is a joy. The day we spent at Arches National Park was one of those. Truly spectacular scenery, great weather, nice place to stay- it had it all.

Then there are days like yesterday.

We got up at 5am to return the rental car and get to the airport for a 7am flight. when we arrived, the flight was delayed until 10.40am. So we spent 4 hours in the airport. Not too bad, just a small hassle. When we finally arrived in New york, we went straight to the Jazz on the Town hostel we booked two months ago. It is right in the East Village, which is where I wanted to stay to soak up the atmosphere. Our booking was recorded on their computer as having been cancelled, so we had nowhere to stay, and despite the fact that we did not cancel the reservation, they wouldn’t give us our deposit back. 

The middle of summer in New York is not the easiest time to find somewhere to stay on a budget. After a couple of hours of looking we found a room at the Chelsea Hostel. What I haven’t mentioned is that NYC is in the middle of a heatwave. The temperature in our room, which was right under the roof, was about 40C. So we had to go and buy our own fan. Grrr.

Individually, these are not big things, but by 10pm when we were still looking for a fan to buy, we were not that happy.

Good things yesterday were that we saw “The Devil wears Prada” which is a perfect movie to see in New York. We both loved it. Chelsea is also quite a cool place to stay. We can only stay at the hostel for three nights so on the last two nights we are going to stay at the Chelsea Hotel which featured in Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls and was where Sid Vicious killed Nancy Spungen in 1978. Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas and lots of artists have stayed or lived there as well. I am not sure how good the rooms will be but it will be an experience!

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