My hostdad Max took me to New York! He's working there, and my hostmom had to work too, so I spent a hole day and a half one alone in New York City. At first I was quite afraid to get lost in this huge city, but a map and some advises how to go to which place helped me to find whatever I was looking for quite easily.
At first I went to Chinatown, to do some shopping. Finding Chinatown was confusing at the beginning, because I went to the wrong direction on Broadway, but when I finally found it, it was possible to orient.
In Chinatown are many small shops at the sidewalk, where you could bargain just like in Asia and also normal stores, which have good prices too. I spent a lot of time there, until I finished shopping and decided to have a look at the Empire State Building. So I went to the subway and got on the next train to 33rd Street (I think it was that street, I'm not sure). When I saw it, it was awesome, because it is such a huge building and looks so fantastic!
The next place I went to was the Herald Square, where many shops are, for example the biggest Macy's store in the World. The Herald Square was great, because there is a little "green island" where are many trees and chairs you can sit on right next to the street. I met there with Max, and we went to a very nice italian restaurant for dinner.
After that we went on Times Square, which was amazing! There is the Hard Rock Cafe and a huge Toys"r"Us with a big wheel in it, and even though it is a toys store, it was really fun to go inside and look at all those areas of different toys and other things, like a candy store called "Wonka's", just like in the movie with Johnny Depp. On our way home, we also saw an actor, who played in "Lost"!
I spent my next day in the beautiful Central Park. I was just walking around and looking at the nice area and also I was trying to find the memorial to John Lennon and the Alice in Wonderland sculpture (I didn't find them). After a while it started raining a little bit, and suddenly it was raining so much, that I got all wet. So I took a taxi to get back to the apartment, changed my clothes and we took the next train back to Washington right away (Nicole had to go to the hospital, she's at home and quite ok, but lets hope she will get well very soon).
Spending my day and orient in that huge city really was a great experience!