New York

I feel like writing a post about New York is cliche. I mean it’s one of the most popular cities in the world and what can a bloody Nigerian trying to see the world possibly have to say when she was probably granted a US visa in the first place by mistake…Yeah yeah, she got lucky!

I have heard about New York times without number (who hasn’t) and there’s no denying it is a wonderful city and has a way of drawing you in. The numerous shops, the many lights and ads at times square, central park, the famous buildings, Downtown (my favorite part of the city)… New York is one hectic melting pot that isn’t exploding anytime soon. Though I didn’t have much time there, the few days I spent going on a bus tour and walking around famous avenues like 5th and 7th made me feel like I was part of the city in a funny, unwelcomed way.

Here are a  few facts about this city I never knew:

1. The second largest Jewish city in the world. The Jews practically run this city (if not the whole of the country).

2. One of it’s previous names was New Amsterdam

3. Central Park was an inhabited before it was designated as a park and the inhabitants were relocated

4. Harlem is in Manhattan

5. Apparently, Manhattan is the main city!

I am a huge fan of Project runway so for me, seeing all the sites from the show was thrilling.

The not-so-fun part about my visit to New york was that I was alone. Yes! It sounds odd because I love travelling alone but I realised that New York was not for solo travellers. It is so damn expensive!!!! Jesus! Considering the fact that I stayed with family just to save up some money, I still ended up spending virtually all I had.

I’m happy I had the opportunity of visiting this city and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, here are some pictures from the trip:

A protest at Time Square

A protest at Time Square

Time Square

Time Square

Although I didn't get to see the pope, I got in line at Madam Tussads to get a photo with his Wax remake but then I couldn't wait anymore

Although I didn’t get to see the pope, I got in line at Madam Tussads to get a photo with his Wax remake but then I couldn’t wait anymore

Rockerfeller Center

Rockerfeller Center

Saint Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue

In front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue

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Bicycles

Hire a bike here and ride in central park. Too bad I dunno how to ride one *covers face*

A horse ride

You can also hire one of these and go on a ride in Cental park

New York Library

At the New York Library with Patience or Fortitude (whichever)

A Manhattan street

One of the many streets of Manhattan. I like that the city was in Grids

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The smallest jail In NYC

The smallest jail In NYC

Columbia University

I took this photo as we drove past Columbia University. This girl must be top in her class. Wish I was that serious in school

Midtown and Downtown New York

Midtown and Downtown New York

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Chrysler building and rest of the city

Chrysler building and rest of the city

China Town

A signboard in China Town IN FREAKING CHINESE!!!

Statue of Liberty

Lady liberty. I had dreamt of seeing this monument for ever. Glad I finally did

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

9/11 memorial

9/11 memorial

9/11 memorial

I had to make a sober face


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Fola's Waka

Fola’s Waka is a travel blog aimed at sharing travel experiences and tips to enlighten people about the world about their chosen destination places.