Grand Central Station

Hey there blog readers!

On Wednesday night Daniel and I met in front of the T-mobile store in Madison Avenue (it was our third attempt to get cell phone plans). He came directly from work and I walked there. Actually it's just a 20 minutes walk, but it took me longer because I stopped so often to take pictures. ;-)

Check out my walking route and what I passed: Route.

I know I am repeating myself, but it still astonishes me, when I walk through the streets of Manhattan and see one known thing after the other and completely unplaned. For sightseeing we didn't spend a single dollar until now. That's one of the good things. :-) Anyways I think that we don't have to check out so many sights in detail, because when family and friends are coming for visiting we can just do it all together and have the a-ha-moments together as well.

First I passed the UN-building, after that the Chrysler Building and then the Grand Central Station. The Grand Central Station I will show you in this post and the other buildings will follow another time.

Quote Wikipedia: "Grand Central Terminal (GCT) is a commuter (and former intercity) railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States.

Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, it is the largest such facility in the world by number of platforms

with 44 serving 67 tracks along them. They are on two levels, both below ground, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though the total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100. The terminal covers an area of 48 acres (19 ha)."

The astronomical ceiling.

This round info-stand it also very known from television.


Aquarius and Fish.

We were super k.o. so we didn't see the platforms. Before we had lots of drama at the T-mobile store. The secret word is "credit history". Without one from the States you can't get a cell phone plan where you pay off the phone bit by bit. And even if you buy the phone all at once you have to leave a deposit between 100 and 800 dollars per person (you will just find out during the process how high it will be). The deposit you would just get back when you finish your plan/contract/membership. Somehow that was just too overwhelming and we couldn't think straight so we left the store to get clearer thought from the distance.

Until now we could survive pretty well without cell phones. Daniel has land line at work and I have one at home. But for my work permit they want a own phone number from me that I have in the coming 90 days. That's why the pressure is on somehow. We then planned to buy a cheap prepaid cell phone and use that number. So we would have time to think about better cell phones and which plan suits our needs best.

I send you many greetings,


PS: On Thursday we bought a "cheap"-prepaid-cell-phone and with that one we had just problems. It didn't work and Daniel had to go to the store to try to get help but they couldn't, after it he tried the the verizon retail store and they were not capable to fix it. So he spend three hours at the hotline until it worked. What a nightmare!

Somehow it's crazy with all the cell phone things. Please pray that we can find a good and affordable solution. We are close to end of our patience and wisdom.

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