using my inside voice
North American Travel |
July 30, 2009
After meeting Patti and Steph in Savannah we were lucky enough to be invited to stay with them in New Paltz for a few nights. New Paltz is in the mountains north of New York City (in NY state) and is a picturesque little town with an incredibly funky vibe. You can get 3 delectable tacos for $5, a $1.95 all day breakfast, and pitchers of beer for $5.50 all within two minutes walk of each other. On top of that, there are a load of funky little shops that are practically begging you to open your wallet and purchase a cute little hat, or sherred tie-died dress.
For four nights we stayed with Patti, in her cute house about 15 minutes outside of town. It was a refreshing break, not only from hostels, but also from cities. Luke and I have literally spent the past 1.5 months hopping from city to city, and in New Paltz we finally saw mountains, streams, waterfalls and rolling green fields.
We were initially only going to stay two nights, but after our first day chilling out with Patti and Steph we decided to give Boston a miss and stay on in the country. Lucky for us we did, because on our second night there we went to a BBQ at a friend's place and ended up getting to bed at 3am.
After Luke cooking up a storm on the BBQ (as only male Australians can) and talking the night away with a bunch of new people, we ended up in the dance studio downstairs learning the steps to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Needless to say, at 3am after a few too many glasses of wine, our efforts were fairly dismal, but it was a fun attempt none-the-less. We have video evidence of our sad show somewhere, but I can't seem to get my hands on it at the moment... shame.
The next few days were spent chilling out at various locations around town with both Patti and Steph, partaking in the above-mentioned bargain treats. But, I did manage not to come away with another dress.
On our final night in town we cooked up a storm at Patti's house and had a fire out the back in her firepit. With some Coltrane playing and a few Jameson & Drys it really was a great way to end our stay. It was also our last stay in the USA, as the next evening we hopped a bus to Toronto.
Bay's career has been many and varied due to a penchant for traveling the world. After completing a double degree in Business Management and Journalism at the University of Queensland in 2002 she was lucky enough to land herself a job at Brisbane's Quest Community Newspapers. A year of roving reporting brought the epiphany that journalism and Bay didn't jive.
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