I’ve always thought I was a New Yorker deep inside. That’s what happens when you grow up watching american movies. And that was exactly how I felt the first time I got to the City that never sleeps. On the shuttle I took at JFK to reach Manhattan, I wasn’t just excited because I was finally going to see the city I dreamt of since I was a kid. I felt like I was coming home. And the day after, at 5 in the morning, I was already wandering around Midtown, no precise destination in mind. No map either. I had it all in my head. One of the nicest strolls of my whole life. At last I found myself in Times Square. That was my first time, and now I’m going back for the fourth time. Can’t wait to get there.
The first two times were kind of the same. I got to see all the main spots around Manhattan, plus a glimpse of Brooklyn and a Yankees match in The Bronx. The third time was even better because it was at Christmas and I was with my family. We got to spend a wonderful Christmas at my relative’s in the Hudson Valley, and an unbelievable week in the best neighborhood of the whole Manhattan to live in, which is Greenwich Village in my opinion.
But this time is going to be special. I’m bringing my Brompton with me, and I’m finally going to stay the whole week in Brooklyn. I don’t know yet exactly the precise address of the room I booked, but it’s somewhere between Williamsburg and Bushwick, two of the coolest neighborhoods of New York. The cradle of the hipster movement, I’m told. And while I’m not exactly the prototype of an hipster, I guess with my folding bike I will fit right in.
And I have plans. I’ll tell you more next time I post, but I can tell you this isn’t going to be a classic touristic vacation. Hopefully, I’ll get to see one different place/neighborhood, off the most touristic beaten paths, every day of my week. A different bike ride everyday, discovering places you hardly find on the NYC guides under the top 10 must see list, but that I’m sure are going to give me the essential insight of what the City really looks like to a real New Yorker. I’m gonna have to plan ahead my itineraries this time, cause I absolutely wanna make the most out of this trip. Though I already know I won’t be avoiding Manhattan. You can’t help its pull. After all Sprinkles is on Madison Avenue, and God knows how much I love Sprinkles cupcakes.
I’ll keep you posted, take care guys!
Last days of this fabulous trip. Actually I’m writing from home cause I hadn’t had time while I was still in Boise, three days ago. Now the vacation is over, but I still have in mind those three days spent in one of the nicest little town I’ve ever been, Ketchum, Idaho. Honestly I have to say I didn’t know the town existed until I did some research while I was planning for this trip. So I came to know of the Sun Valley, a beautiful valley in the Rocky Mountains in Idaho. Apparently the town is pretty famous as one of the best places for skiing in winter. It certainly looks beautiful in summer, that I can say. I spent two nights in a great lodge right in the city center. I rested as I had planned before, since I was coming from 6 days in a row camping, and had the opportunity to ride my bike in a town very bike friendly. A lot of bike lanes and more bike shops than restaurants.
About my last day in Boise instead, I have to say I wasn’t particularly struck by the city. But I guess it was just me, since my mood wasn’t really up. It was the last day of a wonderful trip and I’ve never liked goodbyes. I’m thinking the city has a lot to offer, since it’s completely surrounded by forests rivers and lakes.
That said, I just wanted to say that I can’t even try to explain how magical this travel has been, and I wanted to thank everyone who’s followed me all along this trip, watching my videos, commenting my posts and reading the blog.
Thank you everybody, I’ll talk to you soon, in the meantime, if you get the chance, go see the American National Parks. You’re going to have the time of your life.
I gotta say, it’s pretty hard trying to put in words what a great feeling I felt last four days, camping in Yellowstone. How can you explain the sensation you feel while watching a pack of wolves from a distance, the Hayden Valley in front of you like a theater, and on screen a live National Geographic documentary?!
Or when you just turn around and find a buffalo wandering behind you in the middle of the street like it’s completely normal.
Or again when driving, while the sun is slowly coming up, your headlights light up a big elk eating grass along the roadside.
All of this happening in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, among hundreds of waterfalls, rivers, meadows, creeks and then geysers, fumaroles and breathtaking views.
Well, I guess I can’t. I’m just gonna let the images speak for me.
Take it easy guys. And go to Yellowstone.
I’m certainly making the most out of this trip, if we’re talking about National Parks. Grand Teton is the seventh Park I’ve visited so far and I still have one more to visit. And the reason Teton is not so famous is just because it’s too close to the very star of the American National Parks. Or of the world for that matter. Yellowstone. But you couldn’t tell this if you happen to visit Grand Teton, because is full of tourists from all around the world, and for a reason. It offers spectacular views and lots of wildlife too watch. Not that it’s easy, but it might even happen to spot a bear. It happened to me and it was fantastic to see it into its natural environment. I stayed just a couple of days but the Park deserved more. Besides, I’m hiking a lot for a guy like me who’s never done it before. But I’m so happy I got to see all of those incredible Parks, and the Grand Teton is a great part of them.
Take it easy guys!
Nothing too much exciting about these two days in the capital of the Utah, though it turned out to be nicer than I thought. I had planned these two days of break in Salt Lake City to rest a bit and reorganize, since tomorrow I’m going up north to Wyoming, where I’ll spend six days in a row camping inside both the Teton and Yellowstone National Park.
So I spend the first day riding my bike across the city center, which is more live than I expected it to be, and the second buying some groceries I’m going to need while camping, and having my laundry done. Something that in travel this long, at a certain point you have to do. But I shot two clips anyway, cause I’m finding them very useful even for me. Putting all on clips, I’m deleting all the video files on my phone. I got a feeling the next days I’m gonna need all the memory storage available.
Take care guys!
Well, Bryce Canyon. There wouldn’t be much else to add. Just come visit if you get any chance. I admit when I planned this trip I had some expectations, but I had never thought these Parks could have made me feel all of these sensations I’ve been feeling since I got here. And Bryce Canyon got right away at the top of the list of my more memorable days. I think my face in the clip shows exactly how I felt overwhelmed by all that beauty. By the way, I found in hiking a pleasure I never thought I could have found before in an activity like that. Well, it goes without saying though, hiking in those kinds of places couldn’t be otherwise. That said, I’ve found a world and people unknown to me before. I’ve met so many hikers along the way, from all around the world, and had so many nice chats and shared moments with them, during the hikes or in the campgrounds. All of them have one thing in common. They’re all nice people. I hope this clip can get you an idea about how breathtaking Bryce Canyon can be. Take it easy guys!
Another spectacular National Park in Utah, another adventure. I think I might have found a new hobby. Hiking. Hiking in Utah though, is a completely different story. Much nicer. This time though, I missed a mark and went the wrong way for over a mile. I got it when I realized I was the only human being in a mile radius in the middle of a desert of rocks. Then I went back and eventually found the right way with the company of an American girl that was hiking. We ended up then, spending the night together, admiring the milky way in one of the darkest places on the Earth. Capitol Reef National Park. That’s Utah guys.