We woke up in a beautiful city again! We can’t get used to the idea that we are in NY citaayy. So we pinched ourselves making sure it’s not a dream. Today we are in the money and business mood, started by having breakfast as grab and go. Muffins all around, because eggs and bacon are just not that practical to eat on the go. To bad for Gunther, our eggs and bacon devourer. We got ourselves (eating) to the financial district. Visiting Ground Zero – Memorial WTC Towers we took a moment to think about the tragedy that happened 11 years earlier.
We walked towards Wall Street, looking for a rich, good-looking, young, suited up boyfriend for Caroline, this is definitely the place to look for a winner! There were some opportunities that she didn’t quite used optimally. Otherwise we could have all came home in comfortable business class seats. We walked on Wall Street dreaming of being the new Warren Buffet (especially Gunther). One way or another, we got the blessing of George Washington, since that moment we’re sure were going to do great things in the future. Highlights of Wall street were the New York Stock Exchange and the Bull. Marco had a moment of shine, he knew a little anecdote about the meaning of the Bull, proud as he was when he discovered that he was the only one who knew the story!
Later that day we took the Staten Island Ferry, we could see the Statue of Liberty really close. ‘Miss America’ was taller than we expected. Gunther probably took 100 pictures. We made a little video on the boat, hope you will see it later.
In the evening we went to Brooklyn for the NBA basketball preseason game in the Barclays Center. It was extra special because it was the first NBA Game ever in Brooklyn, and we were there! The Brooklyn Nets defended themselves against the Washington Wizards, they succeeded. Score: 88-98. We think it’s part because our enthusiastic yells and encouraging songs. I don’t think anyone noticed that we weren’t New Yorkers. We were in the zone !
But it wasn’t all joy that evening. It was seriously troubled actually. This is what happened. To get to the Barclays Center, we wanted to take the subway. But because the subwayline that has a stop in front of the Barclays Center was closed due to repair works, we had to take another line. Although we had to walk 20 minutes to the Barclays Center, we would be fine. But… we missed a stop. It was an expressline, so we couldn’t walk back. And taking the subway back also wasn’t an option, because our subwaypasses were in cooldown. So we decided to take a cab. It was pouring rain outside. Worse than a shower ! Only one umbrella. No cabs in that neighborhood in Brooklyn. Chaos. Taking shelter from the rain didn’t benefit us. We were still soaked. A friendly old man told us we could take a bus to the Barclays Center, so after making sure it was the right bus we were getting closer to our goal. Getting out of the bus we were in the middle of nowhere, without a map. Not knowing where to go. Jessy was in her element and asked a young sportive black man if he was going to the basketballgame. Luck was on our side for once. But then another bigger problem arose. Hanne’s wallet was stolen ! Somewhere, somehow by someone in this wet adventure. A lot of money, her European passport and her international ID were gone. She panicked, because without ID she had to stay in US, and since we were going home the next day it was not a pleasant situation. So after the first half of the basketballgame, Tim, Jessy and Hanne went to the police to report the stolen ID. But they couldn’t help because Hanne didn’t exist without a passport. Apparently the American system is a bit more cruel than the Belgian one. They reassured us and told us we had to go to the Belgian embassy the next morning to try to get a new passport. Hopefully everything will be fine tomorrow!
Another night to remember!
9h00 Memorial WTC Towers – Ground Zero
12h00 Wall Street & the dream of being the new Warren Buffet
15h00 Taking the Staten Island Ferry to watch the amazing Statue of Liberty
18h30 Basketball Game: Brooklyn Nets – Washington Wizards @ Barclays Center. First NBA Game ever in Brooklyn.
And of course… Eating a HOT DOG.