4th of July

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

When the 4th of July rolled around, I was really excited to get the opportunity to celebrate it in America. As it's a national holiday here, I even got the day off work. The other interns decided they wanted to go and watch the fireworks in New York. However, I decided to hang back. I've never been the biggest fan of huge crowds and I knew it would be packed. Plus we'd been in the city two days before and I was still absolutely knackered (we'd walked 10 miles in the one day).  Instead, I decided to take a cycle into Greenwich. 

I was originally planning on cycling out to a beach called Tod's Point which I've heard fantastic things about. However, there's an $8 ticket fee to get onto the beach. The place selling the tickets was closed for the 4th, and I didn't want to cycle all the way there without a ticket and not get in as it's quite far away. Instead, I decided to cycle around some nearby parks. The first park on my stop was Binney Park which has this gorgeous library right beside it. It's called the Perrot Memorial and I'm not entirely sure if it's a public library or not as it was closed. Next time I go back I'll be checking it out for sure. 

The park was unbelievably picturesque. I cycled around it about 3 times just taking in the views before stopping to take some photos and to have a read in the shade. I'm loving my new Olympus PEN camera. I don't think the photo quality is any better than my DSLR but I love how much lighter it is and all the touch screen options. Once I get paid, I'm going to invest in a prime lens, I'm stuck between the 30mm and the 45mm which will give me something new to investigate. 

There was a small stone gazebo-like structure in the middle of the pond/lake. I sat in there to get some shade and enjoyed reading my book. I went to join my local library and I'm so impressed with the selection. I don't really want to buy a lot of books whilst I'm here as I'd have to donate them before I go back to Scotland. But this library is huge and had so many books that I wanted to read - I think I'll be sorted for a whole year's worth of reading. It's about half an hour away from my house as well so I think that going will give me a good excuse to get out of the house and stretch my legs a little. From the gazebo, I could see these cute little terrapins sunning themselves on the rocks. The rippling in the photo was from one jumping into the water and me and my camera got a little too close for comfort. There were loads of them just swimming around!

I'm so glad that I decided to hang back from the NYC 4th of July celebrations. I got to spend my Independence Day in a way that was much more 'me'. I really enjoyed getting to explore more of Connecticut and I'm going to try and cycle as much as possible over the summer. One day I'll even make it back to the $8 beach. Mark my words!

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