25.06.2010 - 25.06.2010 33 °C
My last few hours in New York. First things first I had to take my bags into the city and leave them with my cousin at work, so that before I caught the train to Washington D.C. I could spend the morning on the Staten Island Ferry. Staten Island is another of New York City’s borough’s and is south of Manhattan. The island can be reached using a free commuter ferry that departs from Lower Manhattan. Few tourists ever visit Staten Island, almost all those that do use the ferry hop on to immediately make the journey back to Manhattan because the ferry charts a course past the Statue of Liberty and offers stunning views of Lower Manhattan.
As I was sat on the ferry I had an opportunity to reflect on my time in New York. For the first time on my trip I did not feel as though I was in a place that I was ready to move on from; no doubt this was a combination of being with family, of being settled in a place for longer than I will be in any other place on my journey, of home comforts and of the fact that I have only scratched the city’s surface. It isn’t a fantastic feeling and, while I do not want to see everything whilst I’m out here and lose reasons to return, I don’t want to have that feeling for a long time to come. For now at least I’m being called south and it’s time for me to make my way to the nation’s capital, Washington.