- New York
I wasn't sure how it would be, arriving back in the US after being home for eight months. Surprisingly everything was reassuringly familiar -- the people, the cars, the accents, the logos. The country no longer feels like somewhere foreign, just somewhere different.
- New York - Chicago
We spent our only full day in New York seeing plenty of it. Met up with Rachel (who after six weeks of living in the city looks thoroughly the part) and took the Staten Island Ferry, watching Manhattan slowly fade into the pale grey mist. We wandered through Battery Park City which is far more Docklands than New York, before heading off to the Lower East Side where Kass had tickets to see Mike Daisey's one-man show about life as an Amazon.com employee. Actually, it would have been better if it was more about life as an Amazon.com employee, as the parts where he talked about working in the customer serivce centre and then the business development team were far more interesting and entertaining than the rambling monologues on wider and woollier topics. It was good, but it wouldn't suffer if he lost some of the shouting and talkingveryquickly.