Day 30 - Monday 7 January - New York Day 5

Didn't get great sleep again. Dunno what it is about that room. Maybe the little bed heh.

Had a pretty slow start. We only had one thing planned for the day, so we could take our time, which was good, on account of the past few days nearly breaking the sweetie..

So it was about 10:10 before we checked out, and we left our bags downstairs so we could head out without them.

Went across the road for breakfast again.

Then took a Q train from DeKalb Ave to the New York Aquarium.

But.

OMFG Americans and NOISE.

These little kids next to us were playing loud games on their phones, yelling at random at the windows and generally being obnoxious, while caregiver was hidden away in her headphones ignoring the whole commotion. Blergh. Then about ten teenage girls all came in talking to each other in loud voices. I put up with it for about a station before moving a lot further down the carriage.

Get off my lawn.

Yeup.

Coney Island from the station
Coney Island from the station

So got to the Aquarium and it was blissfully uncrowded and all quite nice. It's only a little place, and some stuff is shut off for the winter, but there was some cool stuff and we saw the sea lion show which was pretty cool.

Fish at New York Aquarium
Fish at New York Aquarium

Fish at New York Aquarium
Fish at New York Aquarium

Fish at New York Aquarium
Fish at New York Aquarium

Fish at New York Aquarium
Fish at New York Aquarium

Yellowtail snapper
Yellowtail snapper

Stingray
Stingray

Fish at New York Aquarium
Fish at New York Aquarium

Fish at New York Aquarium
Fish at New York Aquarium

Cichlids at New York Aquarium
Cichlids at New York Aquarium

Discus at New York Aquarium
Discus at New York Aquarium

California sea lion
California sea lion

Harbor seal
Harbor seal

Fish at New York Aquarium
Shark at New York Aquarium

Fish at New York Aquarium
Clownfish at New York Aquarium

Fish at New York Aquarium
Shark at New York Aquarium

Shark tank at New York Aquarium
Shark tank at New York Aquarium

Shark at New York Aquarium
Shark at New York Aquarium

Seahorses
Seahorses

Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium
Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium

Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium
Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium

Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium
Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium

Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium
Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium

Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium
Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium

Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium
Sea Lion show at New York Aquarium

Black-foot penguin
Black-foot penguin

Loggerhead Turtle
Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle
Loggerhead Turtle

California sea otter
California sea otter

California sea lion
California sea lion

California sea lion
California sea lion

Went out to the boardwalk then down to the beach to touch the Atlantic Ocean (yeah I know I swam it the other week, but could you call the Caribbean Sea the Atlantic?). Then along the beach past Coney Island (I'd heard about this place for years and years but never actually seen it). And finally up to the station to take a Q train back to DeKalb Ave and the hotel.

Riegelmmann Boardwalk
Riegelmmann Boardwalk

Coney Island (Luna Park)
Coney Island (Luna Park)

Looking out on to Lower Bay
Looking out on to Lower Bay

Coney Island (Luna Park)
Coney Island (Luna Park)

Coney Island (Luna Park)
Coney Island (Luna Park)

Picked up our bags and went down to Hoyt St and took a 2 train to Penn Station.

Annoyingly our travel Citibank credit card (debit card) seems to have gotten overdrawn. I was pretty sure we had plenty, but I think the Brooklyn Hotel hadn't actually taken payment until this morning. Breakfast had been declined, so when we were Penn Station we used the sweetie's credit card to get our tickets to Newark, while I transferred more money to the card, and hope I don't get hit with too many fees :(

Edit: checked the statements and it looks like Cunard charged nearly $3000 to the card today. I thought they'd been charging as they went, based on previous statements, but I guess not. Le sigh. Thanks once again CUNARD.

So at Penn Station we got tickets on New Jersey Transit to Newark Airport, and got on the next train. At the airport station you scan your NJ Transit ticket to get onto the Airtrain. We took it to P4, because they have hotel shuttle buses from there. Waited a few minutes and took one of those to the hotel.

Looking back to New York from the train to Newark
Looking back to New York from the train to Newark

It was 16:51 when we got to our room, not sure where the day went.

View from our hotel window at Newark Airport hotel
View from our hotel window at Newark Airport hotel

Got ourselves settled in, then went downstairs for some very nice beer (Samuel Adams Cold Crisp which tasted like Christmas) and dinner (wings! and flatbread pizza which hopefully won't set off the sweetie's belly as much as a full crust pizza would).

Margherita flatbread pizza and wings we had for dinner
Margherita flatbread pizza and wings we had for dinner

Then back upstairs to charge all the things, backup all the things, blog, and get ready for the next epic leg of the trip....

Very civilised charging station next to the bed
Very civilised charging station next to the bed

Then OMFG the drama of checkin. We still don't know how much the US government shutdown has affected TSA screening. General consensus is it's probably worse because so many staff are calling in sick on account of they're not getting paid. So we want to allow some extra time. But extra time on top of what?? Newark's airport doesn't give any information, and neither does Singapore Air's website (and it was never on any of their etickets I got when I booked, I looked). Half an hour of frustration going around and around and not getting anywhere. Why is it so damned hard to get an answer to a simple question??? And then to checkin, Singapore Air wanted all my USA address details. Why the heck would *they* need that? I'm LEAVING the country, not entering it!! Buttheads.

Super frustrated at the world right now.

Ok edit, found the details on the Singapore Air site, you had to click through past the page that has the Changi details. They say two hours.

Eventually gave up and went to bed.