We pretty much only spent Saturday sight-seeing in New York, and spent what little time we had on Friday and Sunday shopping and eating at Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey. Well, despite everyone's nice tips for food in the city, even when we were in New York we only ate Japanese food (at a ramen shop and izakaya). We fail as Americans ahaha. :D;
The first thing we did on Saturday was walk to Kinokuniya. I have to say, New York is a really dirty city. ^^; Maybe I'm too used to Washington D.C. (which is much cleaner in comparison), but...all the smells and trash in the streets... I don't think I could ever stand living there. ^^; No offense, I loved London too despite the filthy air, but this really reaffirmed that I'm just not a city girl.
Central Park, however, was beautiful. I felt like I could finally breath again. :D (Though, there were a lot of horse-drawn carriages, and since my mom discovered that she's allergic to horses recently, she still had a hard time breathing. .__.;)
There were a ton of people in the park, as it was July 4th and I'm sure just because it was such a beautiful day.
A fountain in Central Park. And that is me, trying to smile with the sun in my eyes.
Alice in Wonderland statue!
Cleopatra's Needle! \o/ I've seen the one in London, I've seen the one in New York, now I just need to go see the one in Paris! *dork*
I used the restroom next to this pond where lots of people were sailing these toy boats, but it wasn't until later that I realized it was the setting used in Stuart Little for the toy boat race, so I freaked out and took a picture on the way back. Ahaha. *dork*
BALTO! \o/ I was so happy to find this! *dork* It took some time before we were able to take some nice pictures of him, because little kids kept climbing up on his back. He's not a horse...!! D:
We sat on a rock near the Balto statue for a while to rest, and these guys were playing jazz nearby. It was awesome. :D
After several hours in Central Park, we went to Grand Central Station.
PRETTY ROOF IS PRETTY!
I wish we could have visited Penn Station too (I love train stations), but my feet were really hurting by then.
Our last stop before we went to dinner: TIMES SQUARE!
We didn't really do anything there but wade through crowds and gawk, but it was sooo worth it. There were a lot of police keeping watch there too, which was reassuring.
After that, we were tired of walking, and all the taxis were held up in traffic, so we rode on a rickshaw for several blocks. It moved really fast, swerving through traffic and cars and taxis and it was friggin scary but also thrilling, sort of like a roller coaster. o__o Since I survived, I can say that it was a cool experience.
Later that night, we saw fireworks over the Hudson! The police kept holding the crowds back, and we were squashed in between hundreds of people, but we still managed to get pretty close. I took a video~
Here's all the stuff I bought over the weekend:
-Issues of Shounen GanGan from the past two months. With FMA pen case and pass case as furoku, how could I resist?
-FMA Volume 22 and Character Guide.
-Juushin Enbu Volume 4. With this, and the latest chapter in Shounen GanGan, I'm finally caught up on this manga. I might talk about that more later.
-Gurren Lagann Basic Drill, because I only had the Final Drill before. I also looked over the Kamina & Simon photobook, but decided not to buy it after all.
-Pokemon Special Volumes 30-32, covering the Diamond/Pearl arc. I've only just started reading Volume 30, but I might make a post about it all once I've finished.
I was holding faint hope that I might be able to find a Revoltech Arc Gurren-Lagann, but Kinokuniya only had a Revoltech Enkidu, and the toy shop at Mitsuwa had a bunch of Revoltechs for Evangelion and other robot shows, but nothing related to Gurren Lagann. :[ Ah well.
And completely unrelated, but here's my (very small but growing) doujinshi collection!
-I bought the two FMA doujinshi at a convention (was it Otakon?) some years ago. The Ed/Winry+Roy/Riza one on the left I only got because of the pretty cover, and it turned out to be very disappointing, as it was short, had Roy smoking wtf, and Ed and Winry didn't even interact in it. :| But the EdWin doujinshi on the right was worth the money. I love KinGin. ♥
-Next to it is another doujinshi by KinGin, this time of Simon/Nia. This and the one on the bottom middle I bought online as a birthday present for myself.
-The Simon/Nia doujinshi on the bottom left was a Christmas present from tobu_ishi. ♥
-The Garlock doujinshi on the bottom right I ordered very recently from Ebay, and I have to say it was the best depiction of Garlock Simon I've seen from Japanese fandom so far