Thursday, April 16, 2009
New York, New York
I had the opportunity to go to NYC for my very first time this week end. I must confess that it was so different than what I had expected. Yes, the drivers were crazy and I was scared to death every time I was in a vehicle. The people in the city were very polite much to my dismay. I met an old friend in the city. We actually met at Grand Central Station. I don’t think the reality that I was in the city had hit me at that time. On Friday night we went to Little Italy and had a great dinner. While walking it started to rain and we passed a karoke place. The song being sung was New York, New York by F. Sinatra. We stopped and danced, then we went to the Rockefeller center. It was so chilly and windy. I had a hard time keeping my dress from blowing up over my head. After that I got to see Times Square for my first time. I had no clue that is where we were walking. When I saw it I know I had to make a priceless facial expression. That pretty much covers Friday. On Saturday, I slept in. I was tired from the previous day’s travels. Once I managed to get up and ready for the day we went to Central Park. I liked the park. In a corner a man was peeing on a fence. It was interesting. I rode in a buggy that was carried by a bike and the driver was very friendly. I got my first taste of NY pizza and loved it. After that we went to the United Nations building. Sadly there were no tours on weekends but I still go to walk around the first floor. There were pictures of the aftermaths of mines and the genocide that were truly humbling. I also got to go to the shopping district. I have always wanted to go inside Tiffany’s and I did!!! The diamonds were both gaudy and beautiful. I was tempted to get myself one but then I figured I should pay for my education before I pay for diamonds. That night I got to go watch Wicked. It was so good. I can’t wait until Sandra sees it so we can talk all about it! After Wicked it was back to Times Square. We went to the Hersey’s factory which was fun then got ice cream so we could eat it all up as we watched TV at the hotel. Sunday was Easter. We went to Ground Zero, which I think was an appropriate activity. Once again I was humbled. After the museum there we went to see the Statue of Liberty. I didn’t care to wait to go to Ellis Island so I was content just seeing it from the city. I also went to China Town on Sunday. That was fun. I enjoyed seeing the Asians play checkers and just observing other people. Later that night I rode my first train to West Point. Monday was a slower day. My friend had school a lot of the day. So I got lost in the NY mountains while trying to explore. I also go to see the military academy in NY. That was nice. I went to the museum and visitor center there. There was so much to see and learn. I like living in a nation with such a rich history. Then on Tuesday I travelled back home. I hated to leave New York not matter how ready I thought I was to leave. It was a good experience overall. There is very little I would change about the trip. I guess I could say I had an almost perfect week-end!