So i woke up around half 5, and suddenly thought to myself “umm i think we have landed”, no douche your not on a plane, the correct phrase is docked! So after getting ready in my room, Kim knocked on my door and suggested we go up on top deck to look at the views of New York.
Walking through one of the rooms, i was looking over through one of the windows in a distance and could see some twinkling lights. I could fill me getting more excited and the smile on my face was starting to appear…and then i opened the door and stepped out. OH…MY…GOD, that was all i could think. The only way i can describe it is remembering when i was a little girl and still believed in Father Christmas and becoming absolutely speechless when I saw all the christmas presents under the tree. I couldn’t believe what i was witnessing. It was just simply amazing. Yes guys i really was speechless, i was actually looking at what I always see on the TV and in films, the Manhattan Skyline at dusk. Manhattan Bridge in the distance, with Brooklyn bridge in front, The empire state building, the new world trade centre. The statue of Liberty. Yes i could describe every bit of what i had seen, and some of you would probably be yawning because you have been there, done that etc, but i still couldn’t believe it, i was in bloody New York baby!!!!
We still have clinic on turnaround days, but normally if you have a day off, you can normally leave ship after clinic, but because we had a annual inspection from the US coastguards, every crew member had to stay on until the full drill had been done. Whilst i knew the importance of this, i couldn’t help but slightly feel a small amount of torture at the idea that I just wanted to get on land and go exploring this amazing city. 12pm comes, and i had to be back on by half 3, so this time there wasn’t enough time to actually go into New York…..so Brooklyn had my undivided attention!
I literally ran off the ship as soon as we were granted permission to get off, and grabbed an infamous yellow taxi (Yes i know Bournemouth have them, but this was the original place of the yellow cabs in my eyes) and told the taxi man to take me to Brooklyn Bridge. As we were stuck in traffic, i was just staring out of the window trying to absorb all of the surroundings. From the skyline of Manhattan still on my radar, even the street signs i loved. The houses were like you see on Sex and the City, or Hocus Pocus, or generally any american show/film (funny that!). I was going wild taking pictures of everything, the outdoor gyms, the yellow school buses, even the NYPD cars….i even took a picture of a passing FDNY ambulance. Sad you may call me, but its slightly different from the good old bright yellow SWAST ones I’m used to seeing back home!
So the taxi driver pulls up and explains which way i have to go. Now somehow i managed to make my way to the bridge, without getting lost….but you ask me to get to Bristol or somewhere, I’m Fubared and normally need help!! Anyway i get to the bridge, and start walking over it, trying to still take in the fact i was on dry land as well as being in New York. On my way back over walking over the bridge, i decide to stop and use my selfie stick. Yes we all know im a sucker for them, but i thought i would try this selfie stick out…Bingo i managed to take a half decent pic, making sure i didn’t have half a head, and that the bridge and skyline wasn’t on a diagonal etc.
So as i start to put the stick away in my bag, i put one foot in front of the other (i cant even make it sound cool), and before i know it my hands reach out, my feet stay pretty much stationary with my knee bending, my bag nearly goes up in the air and yep you’ve guessed it….I’VE FACE PLANTED…..ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE!!! this is only something i can describe as what you may see on legally blonde, or miss congeniality, you get my drift. So what seemed a lifetime and was probably only a second being face down on the bridge, this NYPD officer (it couldn’t get any worse or surreal could it?!!?) asked me if was ok Ma’am. So i quickly got myself up dusted myself down , whilst wanting the ground to swallow me up (or in this case the bridge to open up and me fall through!), thanked the officer and said i was ok and quickly carried on. I didn’t cry, but it was one of those moments where you think how the fuck did that just happen?? Luckily i had ripped jeans on and they just ripped up a bit more, as well as scrapping a bloody layer of my knee off (im 26 and still manage to trip over absolutely nothing….jeeeez).
So after that huge embarrassment, i then realised i was absolutely hank marvin and wanted food. Now some people may know that my favourite pudding is cheesecake, so i knew that whilst i was here, thats exactly what i was getting!!! So after trying to navigate my way through Brooklyn, staring right at me was an american diner called “JUNIORS”. In i walked, and my eyes were dazzled with all the cheesecakes lined up along the counter, about 100 different flavours and sizes, i literally had gone to food heaven…..! I propped myself up at the bar, sitting in between two americans who looked like they were there for the day (no, i didn’t interrupt a romantic meal for 2, they didn’t know each other, and it was the only seat going). I was given the menu and literally had no idea what to order, so i thought i would try a traditional strawberry cheesecake, and boy it did not disappoint, i have never eaten such a big slice of cheesecake in my life, but do you know what?? i literally did not care. Although my hips probably didn’t thank me, we all know i have big hips and ass so i wasn’t gunna beat myself up about it!! haha.
best strawberry cheesecake ever!!
So whilst i got back on board later that day it is tradition to go up to top deck with some champagne and watch us sail away from New York in the evening. I went up and joined the other medics and I had the same breathtaking moment that I had that very morning when i arrived in New York. It was bloody cold and windy, but looking at New York skyline at night all lit up was a definite pinching myself moment. It was so romantic (ok so i wasn’t with a boyfriend up there, but you know what i mean). As we sailed away, with New York getting further into the distance, I took a moment to not only embrace this but also to think how much in the last year my life has changed. It has been the best year of my life, and although my god am i finding it hard without the most special people in my life not being around, i never thought i would be sailing around the world, seeing so many countries and getting paid for it!!! So 3 more sea days and then…..next stop Caribbean baby!!!!