Dana and I awoke early-ish the next morning (7a.m.). We wanted to get ready quickly to ensure we were downstairs in time to take advantage of the free breakfast the hostel had on offer. As we walked into the flurry of the kitchen/eatery, and made our way through all the other hostel guests pushing to find a place to sit and eat their food, we were amazed at the amount of sugary cereals (if the word ‘cereal’ is even half appropriate). America loves sugar. Wow. Dana was excited to try some cereal full of tiny coloured marshmallows. I was excited about blueberry waffles and syrup and powdered ‘iced tea’ (gross, I know). Don’t you judge me now!
However, both ultimately ended up rather regrettable. So we sat for a few minutes to fight the heartburn and waited for our ‘food’ to go down. Haha. So bad.
I was amazed to look out the window to the courtyard to see snow piled up about half a metre on top of the picnic tables and the quirky shape the fluffy snow formed stacked up against the walls. It reminded me of a setting quite fitting for a Dr. Suess book. I could hear the sound of a news report coming from a TV upstairs, updating listeners about the status of the weather. Many people had been ‘snowed in’ to their homes, and no flights were able to come in or out of the airport. Dana and I were both relieved that we had arrived in New York before the blizzard had hit.
After breakfast, we packed ourselves up quickly, so we could make it to Kevin’s house before noon, as he had requested.
We made the trek, and had a little trouble navigating the correct trains, so ended up a tiny bit lost for a while there. We arrived (or rather, ran to Kevin’s house, following the directions he had emailed to us) just in the nick of time. We didn’t want to get there late and make a bad impression on our very first ever Couchsurfing host!
We were greeted at the door with warm smiles, and offerings of delicious fruit tea.
As Kevin is an architect, he has a real job unlike us travellers. Dana, Shuying and I left the house to explore timesquare so he could have some time to work in peace.
Near Time Square:
Checking out Manhattan:
We returned home later that evening (about 9p.m.) to find that dinner had been made for us by Kevin. We shared this with some wine and conversation, before all retiring to bed, with warm bellies and warm hearts.