Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Takin' the ferry, listenin' to French

Mary's bus was late again this morning--well, actually, it never showed up Monday, so when it was 8 minutes late today, she decided to jump on the ferry shuttle bus just as the driver was about to take off. If you have a ferry ticket in your wallet, you might as well use it, right?

(Not sure if the bus ever showed; she'll give it another try tomorrow.)

Anyway, the ferry shuttle dropped her off by the water, and the ferry ride itself took only 5 minutes. Then a ferry bus in Manhattan--waiting outside the ferry terminal--took her all the way up to her office.

Well, almost: She decided to get out of the bus a bit early and have a leisurely "wake-up walk" past Macy's and the Empire State Building.

New York seems like a popular tourist destination for the French. The past 3 days she has walked by the Empire State Building, she has overhead conversations in French--a family, a pair of 20-something French women, and a trio of 20-something young Frenchmen. It's kind of fun to be able to eavesdrop in another language!

Today was cleanup day following the storm. Still some flooded streets and subway stations, but the water pumps were working full force to get everything running smoothly again.

Smoothly ... well, we'll let you know if the bus shows up tomorrow morning!

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