It’s 5:14 am here in Paris… I can’t sleep and can’t stop thinking about my time in New York.
13 amazing days have passed since my last blog update, there has just been so much going on. Today also marks day 64 of my solo world tour, time has gone by so fast – it only feels like I left Fiji a few weeks back.
It was such a tough decision to leave NYC. I had an amazing 4 weeks there and could easily see myself living in Brooklyn or Manhattan, a discussion I had plenty of times with several friends during my stay. After delaying my trip to Paris twice, I was almost set to change course completely and head to Puerto Rico with a cool Irish lad I met in Brooklyn named Kevin. But at the last-minute I stuck with my original game plan as I really want to spend time in Europe before the summer is over.
I met some awesome people in New York – some real quality people. Some I only spent days with and others I was fortunate enough to spend weeks, and I know many of those characters will cross paths with me again. Trying to adjust to the highs and lows of solo travel is a challenge for me – making great new friends and then having to say goodbye so soon is something I really struggle with.
There are so many experiences that I’d love to write in detail about but that would take far too long. From massive nights out clubbing, attending music festivals, bar hopping around Brooklyn & Manhattan, dining at awesome cafes/restaurants and shopping in some seriously cool stores – what made these experiences so memorable were the people who shared them with me.
During my final week I was also lucky enough to hang out with a good pal from back home – Sam. We covered a lot of ground together and as a result I obtained a completely different perspective of New York. Unfortunately NYC is not the most accessible city in the world for wheelchairs, especially when you combine the lack of accessibility with the huge volume of people in the city. But we didn’t let that stop us as we hit one of the most popular hip hop clubs in Manhattan called Greenhouse. We also travelled all the way to Holmdel, New Jersey to see the ‘Americas Most Wanted’ tour with Lil Wayne, 2 Chains and TI. And to top that off we also kept the Jersey theme going and went to the Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark (via subway, PATH train and 2 buses!!!). That was an eventful day in itself as we discovered that there were actually 2 Lincoln Parks – Jersey City and Newark. After arriving at the Jersey City location I was shocked to discover it was the wrong venue, but luckily we found 2 buses that got us to Newark a few hours later. Once we arrived it was shaping up to be a massive day of performances (Redman, Naughty By Nature, EPMD) but the weather turned bad with heavy rain and a few lightning strikes later the festival got called off. I did get to see Channel Live perform ‘Mad Ism’ and Black Rob perform ‘Whoa”. And for the record, I do like other forms of music apart from hip hop.
I also got to check out Hoboken earlier this week with Mike whom I met out whilst partying last weekend. Kevin already worded me up on how amazing the views of Manhattan are from Hoboken, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Even though Hoboken is in New Jersey it still has a Manhattan ‘feel’ – just a lot more chill. After downing a few buckets of wings with Mike and his friends, I played my first game of beer pong and smashed it. It was an interesting PATH train back to Manhattan that night.
So a massive thank you from me to everyone who so generously gave me their time in the USA. You all know who you are, the list is large and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to share my experiences with you.
soloworldtour signing out from the USA.