South Africa Meets New York…on the Hudson River

by brian on June 1, 2009

My world is so much smaller after traveling. The next example of this was Mia, who I met at The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre in Cape Town. She arrived in New York on her own mini round the world adventure.

From left to right: David, Tammy, Brian and Mia on Lion Head in Cape Town, South Africa December 2008

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River
Mia was working at Backpackers in Cape Town and we kept in touch. She reached out and said that she was passing through the United States on a 3 month trip that was to include Alaska, the United Kingdom and Australia.

I felt this was a chance to return the favor that Mia had shown me. The hike up Lion’s Head in Cape Town was an impromptu trip when Mia asked me to join them at the last minute when I didn’t have any plans for the day. Needless to say I had a great time.

I still have my CityPass and we decided that we would use it for the Circle Line trip around Manhattan. This was Mia’s first visit to New York City, and while she lived in London for years, she was a little apprehensive.

Not to worry…

Mia survived landing at JFK, her first trip on the subway and staying in spare rooms all around the city to meet me at Pier 12.

The CityPass gave us a ‘buy one get one free’ ticket for the 3 hour complete circle of Manhattan. Remember to get your CityPass for New York or any number of North American cities.

I have seen the various Circle Line boats in the water around the city for years. Can’t tell you the last time I was on one. Can’t tell you if I have EVER been on one, as a matter of fact….

Mia and Brian on the East River, New York, New York, May 2009

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River

The tram at Roosevelt Island

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River

The United Nations

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River

The southern tip of Manhattan

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River

A way off the island: The underside of the George Washington Bridge

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River

Pier 90, where Flight 1549 landed in the water a few months back

 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River
For the jaded New Yorkers who think the Circle Line is not for them, I am one of you and I understand how you feel. But you learn some great info about the city you probably didn’t know. The ride is probably a little better in the spring and early summer, when the breeze of the water is a nice way to cool down. Three hours passes by very quickly.

And if you get a tour guide like John, you’ll be even happeier with the trip. He gave a lot of knowledge, was never boring or overbearing in 3 hours on the water and was genuinely entertaining. One of the best tour guides I’ve ever had.
 South Africa Meets New York...on the Hudson River

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Mark June 1, 2009 at 3:56 PM

yo B I will be in NYC tomorrow at 3:30 if your free it would be great if we could get some lunch. My flight out isn’t until 9:30pm so I have plenty of time. Keep up the good work the blog is awsome.
Mark

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brian June 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

@Mark
I’ll be around but scheduling will be tight. Talk to me on Skype with username ‘nodebtworldtravel.com’ or reply to the email I sent you today with your phone number. Don’t put your phone number on the blog.

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