TSA approved luggage!


We arrived in Mexico in almost a good shape, besides the normal travel tiredness.

As we got our luggage back in Monterrey, we recognized that they opened and checked our bags back in New York JFK airport.

Guess they didn’t find anything, but also didn’t take care of our stinky socks. So that’s what you call a loose:loose situation. 😀

Shortly after we said hello to our friends which have been awaiting us, we found ourselves at a tasty taco diner. As we finished the meal, we headed to Hectors home where we met is mum, sister and niece.

After a quite short but warm hello we went out to a brewery to celebrate our reunion. Now it’s time to take a nap so we’re good to go for an awesome first day in Mexico.

From 125 ST to the Flat Iron

Heart of Harlem, 125th

Today we followed an advice to take a look at Harlem’s 125th ST which is also know as “Heart of Harlem”. We went there by, surprise surprise, subway. We got off the metro around four to five floors above ground level which was pretty cool. It reminded us of many movies. We left the station behind us and walked down the 125th…

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“Journey’s end lies over the Brooklyn Bridge”

Brooklyn Bridge

Lucky me this Frank Sinatra quote is not quite true, at least in our case. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge  was just the beginning of our today’s journey.

First we headed to Clark St. which is located in Brooklyn. Our plan was to walk straight to the bridge and cross over to Manhattan. But we got caught by the beautiful charm of Brooklyn and spend about two hours exploring the area near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Finally walking across the East River was a stunning experience. The view is just fantastic and the Bridge itself worth every moment we spent there.

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[update] We have been “Top Of The Rock” today!

Top Of The Rock, NY

Meaning: We entered the visitor platform of the Rockefeller Center. Also we have been at Macy’s, in the Empire State Building lobby and in a South American Pub for the football game Uruguay:Germany.


But lets start with the Rockefeller Center. After a short subway ride and the typical confusion after getting back into the light we made it to the Rockefeller Center. After paying the $21 ticket fee we have been very lucky to get almost immediately to the elevator and up to the 67th floor. I never rode such a fast elevator before. 😀

From the top of the Rock the view above New York is outstanding. You get a perfect glimpse about how big the Big Apple really is. But thats easy to see on the following pictures.

Back on ground level we went to Grand Central Station. The architecture is quite nice and due to the high ceiling the room feels wide and open. Almost like freedom. Sounds cheesy but that’s what I felt over there.

After a disappointing visit at the U.N. headquarter we went to “the good burger” for New York’s best burger in 2010. It was big, meaty and delicious! Sometimes you can trust the advertisements. 😀

Now it was time for the FIFA Worldcup 2010 semifinal Uruguay against Germany. I had looked up a German pub back in Germany already and we made it over there. But sadly it was full and there was a line which was almost half a block long. So we ended up in a South American bar named Esperanto. Due to the origin of the bar, we were the only ones who cheered for Germany. One Aussie and two German guys. Nice combo. 😀

On our way back we managed a brief visit to the Empire State Building lobby, Macy’s (freakishly big) and the legendary Madison Square Garden.

After getting fresh we went out for some beers with our Australian friend John. I think we had been to around 4 pubs and got well drunk. Even if a round (three beers) comes up to almost $25 (with tip).

Pictures after the break.

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