If God created a place for all his children so that they can run, play and marvel at pure, awesome beauty, then that place would have to be Queenstown.
I think I am at home in the cold, surrounded by snow capped, jagged edged mountains that touch the clouds. I think I am at home in a place surrounded by tall pine trees, so thick and dense that the colour green places my heart and mind at ease. I think I am at home beside the wide and vast lakes that make it seem you are at sea when you look into it, with it’s dark blue clear waters that stretch on for miles, disappearing behind the mountains that frames every view of the city.
Just a quick recap, so far we have been in New York for eight days, then a bus through to Washington DC and Georgetown for four amazing days of sight seeing and amazing American food and now onto Boston for five days.
Boston is a cool city. For Aussies, if you like Melbourne, then you will like Boston, it’s like a bigger version full of culture and for food lovers; there are lots of things here for you.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought of going to Washington DC. I thought of many other places to visit in America, like for me, San Francisco for the food scene, Napa Valley for the wine, New Orleans for some good ol’ fashioned Southern food and Chicago for the restaurant scene and to see Chicago Bulls play in their home court but I am so glad I went to the Capitol City.
So we’re on the final few days in New York and the fun bits are yet to come.
First we had lunch at place called Chipotle, a Mexican fast food restaurant like no Aussies have ever seen before. I have been in search of a few ideas for a lunch concept and the idea I had in mind was some where business people can come in, spend 10 minutes max in the restaurant and leave with a fresh product that will satisfy a large cross section of people, from the health conscious eater to the indulgent eater. Chipotle was excellent. We arrived just before the lunch rush. As you enter, there seemed to be an expectation that people who go into this restaurant knew exactly what to do and it was obvious we didn’t. We lined up and as we got closer to the counter, the menus we had been staring at still made little sense to us so as we have done before, we followed what the people before us did.
So we were in on the third day in New York by now. We left the hotel early and as usual we caught the train to Central Station. New York Central Station is a landmark , much visited by the tourists, so being a tourist we headed that way.
The title alone looks exciting right! Just reading that gets a lot of people excited and rightfully so. New York is one hell of place!
I organised this trip right on the 11th hour. My good friend was going to be there and she knows New York really well and my mum and dad were going to be there to celebrate my mum’s 60th birthday which meant that that my sister was also going to the States to meet up with them, seeing she lived close by and to give my parents the opportunity to see their grand children and for me to hug my niece and nephew. This was enough reason to convince me to go to NYC.
I traveled to Thailand with a few mates. It was never on the list places to go to, the only things I was ever interested in Thailand was the food. The sweet, salty, hot flavours of Thailand. Their curries were the first I have ever tried to cook, first that was taught to me really and for ever since, I have fallen in love with their food. I saw the movie with Leonard Decaprio once, I think it was called The Beach. I always thought those islands in that movie were awesome but also thought that being such a tourist attraction, you would see nothing but people every where, slightly taking away the beauty of the place. If in reality those islands were exactly how they were in the movie, I would have traveled there ages ago!
One of the most memorable trips I have ever taken was to the Grand Cayman Islands. My sister bought the tickets for me. Work was getting rough and life in general was closing in real fast (or so it seemed) and my sister thought it would be a great idea to get away from all of it for 4 weeks on the Island, she was right.