USA East Coast, a trip full of memories I recollected. My heart sank as my hard disk crashed along with memories (read pictures) collected over years from so many travel diaries! I never intended to write about my travels which were this old, but I wanted to store my memories somewhere. What else could have been the best way other than jotting down the memories on this blog?
I found the only pictures which I have now of this trip on Facebook! I will be using these pictures in this post. Also, I don’t have the strongest memory, but the captions on these pictures on Facebook helped too!
I remember this plane journey clearly. I wasn’t ever on any plane or even a domestic flight before I took this 16 hour long flight from Mumbai to New York. I was apprehensive but thrilled at the same time.
I did this trip so many years ago, there was no WhatsApp, rather no mobile internet network. My friend had given me an AT&T SIM card which surprisingly did not work in any of the places I visited. I was rather surprised that my Airtel worked!
I remember a phone call of one minute had costed me about 180 rupees and my balance went into a negative value with that call after which I had no access at all to phone calls. My phone did not have a fancy camera, or if I correctly remember, no camera at all. I had carried a small canon digital camera which I used to click pictures there.
As I landed and collected my bags, I was excited and up for hopefully a good experience. I took the taxi to the hotel, was observing the super tall skyscrapers which I had never seen before.
Places I visited in New York, USA
I reached the hotel and later decided to see the Times Square. I don’t remember the sequence after that but I remember seeing the Times Square, New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Bull, Ground Zero, Rockefeller Plaza and the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Places I visited in Washington DC, USA
In Washington, I remember seeing the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, United States Capitol and the National Air and Space Museum.
Experience at Niagara Falls, American Falls
The experience at Niagara was the highlight of the trip for me. At the Niagara Falls State Park, you can do a lot of things. I saw the Niagara Falls in the day as well as colorful and illuminated at night. The light show was a thrilling but scary experience. The sound of the water gushing in the background was scary, but the illumination of the falls was so pretty.
The “Cave of the Winds” attraction was an experience in itself. We were given ponchos and slip-proof footwear to view the falls from Observation Decks as a part of this experience.
From where I was standing in the park, I remember seeing the Goat Island, American Falls, a part of Canada and Horseshoe Falls as well as the Rainbow Bridge which connects the USA side to the Ontario side of Canada.
I also took the “Maid of the Mist” boat ride which took us very close to the falls towards the Canada side. Since the Horseshoe Falls are not clearly visible from the USA side, this particular boat ride is a must thing to do!
We went very close to the falls but like I mentioned, I lost the pictures.
Being my first international trip, this one is very close to my heart. If I get an opportunity, I will definitely visit these places again! They say that “Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”, and guess what, it turned me into one!
Signing off from the first post from the Travel Nostalgia Series. Will be back soon with another post.