After leaving Costa Rica,the scenery changed completely! I was so stoked going to New York,even though sad to leave the land of Pura Vida... Once again,I got delayed due to the same border and security control at the same airport as month earlier. I was laughing already because I knew,I had to stay there for few hours and definately will miss my flight,again.... Not to mention that another securityguy next booth was making fun of my last name... Well,now I know that every time I enter the States,I need to go thru the same stuff...
New York was everything I excpected and more <3 It was vibrant,busling,energetic,full of people and things to see =) As a budget traveller,I went to see as many locations as I could...as long as they were free =D I saw enough and more and did things everyday <3 Now,if I was to stay in a hostel or a guesthouse,I would've needed to leave in a week,it's such an expencive city... Lucky me,I got stay at a friend's friend's house for the entire month! I could not have asked for a better host and he took me to places as much as he could =) I did feel,for the first time,a bit stressed that will I see as much as I want to see of the Big Apple,until I realized you cant see the city in just one,or even two visits. I bet every time you visit N.Y.,you'll descover something new!
If you visit N.Y., I recommend you'll buy a Metrocard,get a map for it and start the adventure =D I was happy with myself when I learned my way around different parts of the city and could go out and about by myself while my host was at work =) Getting the Metrocard and going to see different parts of the city worked out best for me,since I was all about saving money the best way possible. I did feel a bit bummed out not going to museums,for example,but with that $20-25 I saved,I got food and little necessities,so it's all about compromises and priorities.
My days consisted mostly riding the sub to different parts,walking for miles,taking pictures and discovering New York on my own <3
I gotta say,I shall return there many times more!
After I felt it's time to move on,eventhough my host was ready to have me there for even longer,I decided to take other kind of transportation,Iäm gonna be flying ages anyway,I might as well try something else =D So, with $ 39 I purchased a busticket to Toronto! Cheap as any,the bus was really nice,actually,and the ride took only 10 hours! Few stops on the way,I was able to sleep properly along the way and relax! It was an evening bus,so the sleepingrhythm helped with that,bad thing was of course that I didnt see views at all....
Arriving to Toronto,it was only 5.50 in the morning. The bus had carried to Finns the whole time,and I found out about it when arriving there... Actually from the samy city,what are the odds?!
I spent a quiet 2 weeks at my uncle and aunts house in Barrey,Ontario,visiting Toronto only once,so not much I can tell about that,unfortunately... I CAN tell,though that visiting Niagara-on-the-lake and Niagara Falls was an amazing daytrip! Riding through the winecountry,you can visit numerous vineyards,winetastings etc. Niagara-on-the-lake is a tiny idyllic town with small shops,restaurants and beautiful scenery. It's like a small blast from the past <3
If taking a 10 hour busride scares you,dont try what I did next....
To avoid the flying,I decided,with my littlebrother who had been in Ontario as well, to take a trainride across the entire Canada to Vancouver,British Columbia. The trip would last 3,5 DAYS and since on a budget,I couldn't afford the nearly $1000 cabin,so instead I took $450 seat,that thank goodness reclained! Being trapped there,in the full train,not showering and eating either your own snacks,bying small things from the cafe or splurging in the restaurant car,isn't for anybody... Have to say,that eventhough I was sure at some point,I'll lose my mind,I saw so many breathtaking views and met awesome people that it was totally worth it! TOTALLY!!!!! Sometimes the train stopped enough to get off,get some fresh air and even go for a few hour stroll in the city. I'm happy and fortunate to have done it for not many natives have done that trip...
Now I've been close to Vancouver for nearly 6 weeks.. Since I've lived here for a year back in the '90's, I dont feel so much like a traveller at the moment. My days have basically been revolving around family and old friends <3 I take this as a relaxing period in the middle of my adventure. I get to contemplate on my journey so far, spend time with my fam and friends I havent seen in such a long time!
Walking around the city,a lot has changed,the city has prized up and I seem to find new things in something and somewhere I've visited many times before. Granville Island lures me in on every visit,downtown with its liveliness,Gastown with its different buzz from the Granville bustle.... On my last week,which shall be soon,I'm planning to take the ferry to Vancouver Island and visit Victoria. Me,time and my camera <3