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.
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.
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….
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.