After thoroughly exhausting ourselves for 2 and half days in New York, we are now trying to get out. We got up this a.m. and had a leisurely morning getting ready, then walked the 13 blocks to Penn Station. There, we waited until they posted our track number, then joined the throng to rush down to the track and secure a spot on the train. (Throng-joining is a big pastime in NYC. Pretty much everything we have done has involved a crowd, a rush, or a throng of some description).
Anyway, we managed to get ourselves a spot in the quiet car, and pulled out of the station more or less on time. After about 50 feet, though, we stopped, then after a few minutes, we backed right up to where we had started. Turns out they are having troubles with the engine, and are trying to fix it. They can’t give us an official ETA, so now we are sitting in a dark train in an underground station, waiting for an update.
|Sitting in the dark, waiting for Amtrak.|
Good to see train travel isn’t any more reliable than air travel. (I’d show you a picture of them fixing the engine, but the extremely officious Amtrak conductor made me delete the photo from my phone. Apparently it is a top secret procedure, so all I can report with confidence is that it delayed us by 2 hours).
|No way would this guy have been blog-worthy, if he hadn't trampled on my rights to take a picture in a public place.|
|The Museum of Natural History. Doesn't look anything like it did in the movie "Night at the Museum" on the inside.|
|Recess in New York, just off Park Avenue. Note the security guard on the right.|
|Much nicer than Penn Station.|
|The family is in there. Can you find them?|
|Bryant Park at night. New Yorkers keen to get some grass under them.|
|Lots of people were out enjoying the hot New York evening.|