So we're heading back home this morning! We've covered a lot of ground and are absolutely knackered. It's been amazing, I've met some awesome people, playing a few gigs here has been ace, and I feel we've seen the real New York because of the way we've done it. Staying in someone's house in Queens, getting the subway everywhere and discovering so many different places other than just the usual stuff. I've found it to be quite an emotional and pretty heartbreaking city really. A lot of the places we went have been quite poor and run down and around Time Square and a couple of blocks either side, I've never seen so many homeless people in any city. And so many people who have clearly just completely lost their minds, I saw a few different women on different occasions just standing crying and wailing on the street as hundreds of people walked past not even glancing up, and the sight of a homeless woman sitting on the floor crying a few feet from Trump Tower as it just started raining will stick with me for a while. And there're so many people asking for your money, if you help them you feel like you're some naive tourist being conned. I'm not saying who's wrong or right or who's to blame, I would just find it a difficult place to live in every day. Another thing I noticed, I have never seen so many people singing out loud with their headphones in. Literally one in 5 people (probably more) who are listening to their music were singing or rapping out loud or dancing, actually dancing, just on their own, and no one finds this weird. Also, the thing about New Yorkers being rude, I don't know if they've all had some kind of customer service meeting since those observations were last made, but pretty much everyone we met was totally friendly and helpful, even people on the street who we asked for directions went really out of their way to make sure we got to where we were going. I got barged into on the street pretty hard about 3 times, definitely on purpose, so I think those guys missed the meeting. Oh and you know when I have a gig and I mumble about rubbish and you guys laugh? Well that didn't happen here, they looked at me dead serious when I was trying to be funny and it was a bit awkward. Apart from in Queens, they laughed in Queens. What else.. I found the sight of white business men sitting on those big throne type chairs having their shoes shined by black guys a little disturbing. And so many places we went are just full of people who clearly came there to be a broadway star and it's not worked out, like this singing restaurant place, the staff had the most amazing musical theatre voices I have ever heard and every one of them thinks they'll be the one who makes it but they're clearing tables 'til 5am you can feel all the thousands of broken dreams in the air. There's so much more that got me thinking but I've written far too much already and I need to finish packing. It's an amazing city but it's so much more than those 5 or 6 blocks around Time Square. We've been to the Bronx, Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn, all over Manhattan, China Town, Soho, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Long Beach, Coney Island, probably more I can't think of right now and every place is literally completely different, the people, the atmosphere, everything. A truly amazing experience to see so much. We're heading back home in a couple of hours where I understand life and the taps turn the right way.