East coast…..

On the east coast we had a few days in NYC where we did not need the car. We only hired the car when we were heading to Washington DC, it was a VW Jetta, as I am a member of hertz number one gold, I automatically get a 30% discount a free upgrade and Sangeet is able to drive the car at no extra cost. We usually hire the smallest car possible….as this is USA they hardly have anything small and upgrade you two classes up. This is why I keep say it is worth joining these associations e.g. Hertz, Hilton honours, etc

NYC is a very busy, people are in a mad rush to get around and do nothing! You ever had that? You say you have a very busy weekend….come Sunday night you look back and think what have I actually achieved this weekend?

The restaurants in NYC have been fantastic, plenty of choice and some great vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

Saying that by the time Sat Nan Fest had come to a close, we were looking forward to spending time in NYC.

The weather has been mild (for me) around the 80’s (F) having spent 4 weeks topping up my suntan in New Mexico I am used to temperatures of 90F plus! Sangeet has loved the weather, just the right temperature.

Washington DC has felt more relaxed and the people are a lot friendlier….does not feel like a capital city….as soon as we drove into downtown Washington DC we fell in love with it.

Around the east coast we went through the following states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia.

On the whole the people have been friendly, which is one of the many factors I like about the States.

Sat Nam fest was a perfect ending to the time on the east coast, we thoroughly enjoyed the kundalini yoga and live music performances. I found that because people are only here for 4 days they are not as friendly and it is only small chat they are interested in, perhaps I am comparing this to the immersion course. Saying that, there were a few couples who gave their addresses and said next time you are staying at our house, please let is know when you pick up your bags at the airport and we will come to collect you!

The time spent with my very good friend Prithinder was really needed. It seemed like ours texts were cold to one another. Physically meeting one another is what we both needed….it was great to see him, even though he had not been on the course he was glowing more then me….perhaps it was because he met me!?!?!!

Staying the night at Sartaj and Barb’s amazing house was great. Really nice to be able to feel at home away from home.

Also I have known Ravinder for 5 years this is the only time we managed to spend quality time together…usually in Espanola we are attending a course and he is busy selling on the course. Just the way things happened…that he flew into Dulles and we were around Herndon (20 minutes away.)

Until next time New York and east coast…..

For once we have actually managed to get to an airport well ahead of time we were there 1.5 hours before our flight leaves! A miracle for us!

After returning the car, we took the air train, which is in walking distance from Hertz car rental. Delta flies from terminal 2, we got off at terminal 2 from there it is about 5 – 7 minutes walk to the check in desk.

We visited the delta lounge which was nice, our priority pass did not allow us entry but they allow access for American Express platinum charge card holders.

See you later McLean, hello NYC…..

See you later McLean, hello NYC…..

Just left McLean around midday to head up to NYC for sightseeing, we will be staying the Jamaica, Queens.

The drive is about 5 hours and we stopped for gas and restrooms breaks, what a nice drive, we drove through, DC, Maryland, New Jersey. Did not stop for sightseeing as we wanted to spend more time around NYC.

We arrived at the motel around 5:30, due to my great drive and fantastic navigation from Sangeet.

So now it is pretty late for sightseeing so we decided to meet Mako at Buddha Bodai. Before that Sangeet and I popped to Babycakes NYC for a our last doughnuts on he east coast , then had a brisk walk to Buddha Bodai.

17 Sep 2012 16:40

As always they served fantastic food, the orange ‘chicken’ is amazing. After having a filling dinner we decided on ice cream so we took a cab to Lula’s but unfortunately they closed early!!!!! Outrageous!

17 Sep 2012 18:22

So the next is G R O M! Where we say and ate fantastic ice cream, we then showed Mako where Cafe Regio is….Mako may extend her trip for another two weeks so will def go to Cafe Regio.

17 Sep 2012 19:00

We then walked west to our subway, it was also close to where Mako is staying.

It was around midnight when we took the subway, it was the ‘e’ line our carriage had around 15 policemen…..I think they were nervous when the saw me!

Until next time New York…..

Puneet and Sonpreet helped is with our luggage to the rental car which was about a block away. We said our farewells and drove towards Washington DC. It was getting very late 3am Monday! So we decided to check into a motel, whilst other motels were charging crazy prices we found a Super 8 in Aberdeen.
Super 8
1008 Beards Hill Road
MD 21001
Tel +1 410 272 5420
At $64 including tax it was a very good rate.

On the way we went through 7 tolls! At $4 a toll they are soon mounting up!!



A fantastic “fast food for vegetarians” although Otarian says it is “good food served fast!”. They are all vegetarian dishes so no egg, meat etc, they have dairy but vegan and gluten free options are available. I had the tex mex burger and Sangeet had Tandoori mushroom o paneer wrap. Both fantastic dishes.

947 8th avenue
Corner of 56th street
+1 212 489 3270




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