Anyway, my first and biggest trip of the summer was my trip to New York with my mum and her friend Satu. This was my big birthday trip - yup, I'm 30 now, and so far it's been the most perfect age I can think of. Amazing things have happened and I feel really happy about having left my 20s behind, and about life in general, too. But yes, back to the trip. We had a direct flight to JFK from Helsinki, and when you don't have to change planes in the middle of the trip, the flight actually feels pretty short! It's an eight-hour flight, approximately, but somehow the time just goes by really fast and before you know it, you find yourself in a taxi to Manhattan. This time we indeed took the taxi downtown as there were three of us and it was quite practical. Plus it's fun to arrive in NYC in a yellow cab ;)! The taxi from JFK to our hotel cost $50,30 so it's wasn't too bad when you don't have to pay all of it alone. I have to say that the taxi driver was a bit reckless with his driving (like, VERY reckless), so if you want to feel a bit more safe, just take the bus downtown.
We stayed at Herald Square Hotel, which was a nice place just around the corner from Macy's and a very short walk from Times Square. It was a bit on the expensive side for me - my share was around 700€, for ten nights - and I'd have preferred staying somewhere a lot cheaper (as you know, I usually prefer hostels, or at least very cheap hotels), but my mum and Satu weren't too keen on the kind of accommodation I had in mind so I had to compromise. But, it was a nice hotel, we had two big double beds and a bathroom of our own, so I guess it was worth it - just this once, though. I have better things to spend my money on than hotels :D!
|Oh look, it's the Empire State Building! The very nice view from our hotelroom window :).|
|My spicy chicken pizza, yum!|