Early in the morning, I headed to the bus station to catch a crazy Chinatown bus from Boston to New York. Half the price of Greyhound, but they have a worse safety record. Four and a half hours later (having this computer makes time fly) I was dropped off in the middle of NYC’s Chinatown. For a while, I didn’t see any other white people and didn’t hear anyone speak English. I figured I had to find my room, so I found a subway station and walked underground. NYC’s subway system has quite a learning curve compared to other cities I’ve visited. There are local and express trains, a single line will branch out into multiple directions, and the signs in some of the stations aren’t always the best. So today it took me a while to get anywhere, since I got on a few wrong trains and missed a few stops.
If you want to use a computer at any of these hostels so far, they charge $2 for 20 minutes. So I figure having my own computer is the way to go. The wireless in the Boston hostel was broken the entire time and it was lucky my bed was next to the window so I could borrow some connection from across the street. Same in NYC, there is no official wireless in the room, but if I put the computer next to the window I can connect to someone’s apartment.
After checking into my room, I visited the Museum of Modern Art (free on Friday evenings) very quickly and then walked over to Times Square. Unfortunately, I’ve had a sore throat all day and don’t feel the best. Tomorrow I’m going to get up early and try to get stand by tickets for Saturday Night Live at 7AM.