Having fun with our American friends
08.03.2013 - 10.03.2013 13 °C
The snow storm finally hit NYC just as we were leaving . Boo hoo.. We were just lucky we didn't stack it on the way to the train station with our backpacks!! That would have been really embarrassing!!
After a long 7 hours train ride from NYC, we finally made it to Rochester. I was pretty excited to see Amanda (my American friend I met while studying in Sydney) and her husband Lee who were waiting for us at the train station. It has been 6 years since Amanda left Sydney to return to America. I had promised her that if I was ever in America I would come and visit.. and here we are . Her sister in law Brittany had made us a yummy lasagna dinner with homemade garlic bread. Whilst Blake, Lee & Brittany got to know each other, Amanda and I had a nice long gossip session. It was great to have a home cooked meal again and after a good chat and a couple of glasses of wine we were ready for a good night sleep.
Lee had to go to work (on a Saturday) as it was the busy tax season so the Amanda, Brittany, Blake and I headed to the kiddies museum of play (Rochester Museum of Play). It was probably designed for people 20 years younger than us but we refused to let that stop us. We spent two hours making our way through old kids toys, old school arcade games and plenty of role playing superhero type games. I would't say it was the best museum around but we all had heaps of fun. We visited Sesame Street, a mini lego land and dressed up as super heroes. Blake tried out a long ranga do and I (Michelle) stuck with the classic Clark Kent short back and swirl. (It looked like Michelle & Amanda had fun playing amongst the kids in the supermarket designed for kids..)
Amanda's in-laws came around in the afternoon to hang out with us and had some home-made pizzas. Amanda and Lee then took us out in town for a few drinks along with their mates. We tried the yummiest shot ever.. its was called the Breakfast shot!! A shot of maple syrup tasting liquor (which was the pancakes, followed by orange juice and freshly cooked bacon!! Yummy . After that Blake tried a couple of the local New York State beers. We got ourselves a nice table then all of a sudden an army of people dressed in checked (or plaid in American) flannel shirts appeared from nowhere! In the end we decided it was probably a group of friends but we were worried about the type of place we were at for a little bit. We ended up playing a bit of a social game which involves us talking to random people around the room and being forced to ask them odd questions. Unfortunately one of our group talked to a deaf guy (that couldn't understand our game nor read) and a guy that was too drunk to read. It was great fun either way . We walked home after 1am and found a guy sleeping standing up out the front of the apartment block- he was pretty much wrapped around a pole. He was too drunk to talk and ended up running away from us when we asked if he wanted us to call him a taxi or his friends.
Day 3: Day trip to Niagara Falls
Our driver Lee was a little bit hungover this morning. We were supposed to leave the house at 10.30am.. but we didn't leave till after 11.30am. Hahaha.. Fair enough, no real rush anyway. We drove into Canada to check out the Niagara Falls. Apparently the view from the American side is pretty crap. It looked like the view from the US would be more along the falls than looking directly at them. It took about 1.5 hours to drive there from Rochester which wasn't too bad (for us sitting in the passenger seats). Lee had plenty of gatorade to keep him going for the morning. The weather was perfect for a day trip too. It had been quite cold and gloomy.. so we were all pretty happy to see the sun.
Entering Canada was easy. A quick joke from customs whether we- Australians and Americans were getting along and we were in Canada Niagara Falls. The falls is absolutely amazing. Part of it was frozen.. We walked up and down the falls for an hour, had our packed lunch and decided to hit the arcades and the bowling alley. We were all pretty crappy at bowling on the day (not a single strike between the four of us!) so we only played one game and headed to the arcade to drown our sorrows. I (Michelle) beat Blake 3 out of 3 racing cars.. Oh yeah.. .
On the way out of Canada, the American customs guy was a bit annoyed with us that we couldn't remember the exact date we entered USA. He had our itinerary in front of him and yet he thought we were overstaying our stay in USA. Clearly he couldn't read very well.
Once we were all worn out and hungry we headed to the Anchor bar in Buffalo which is the home of the famous Buffalo chicken wings. Back in 1964 one of the bartenders at the Anchor Bar was looking after the place when a group of her friends arrived late at night with massive appetites. All she had left was chicken bits that were used to make stock so she deep fried them and covered them with special sauce. They were a hit and people came from near and far to taste these delicious morsels. Luckily for us we only had to come from half an hour away .
We got a box of 50 wings (that's 25 chickens!!) between the four of us as we were starving. These were the first fried wings either of us had tried and they were excellent. We ordered a bucket of hot and spicy wings (which consists of 50 wings) between the 4 of us- That is 25 chickens!! Unfortunately we couldn't finish it.. But it tasted sooo good!!
We had a great time with Amanda & Lee. They had sacrificed their bed for us (yes.. they insisted that they slept on the couch) and chauffeured us around. Thanks guys