Not so long ago I have been in New York City. First of all, I just want to let you know –> IF YOU WILL EVER HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT NYC, GO FOR IT. Don’t even hesitate. It was honestly one of the best places I have ever been to.
HOW DID I GET THERE?
My US agency organized this trip for all the exchange students that wanted to go. It was A LOT of money, but it was really worth it. Otherwise, I would never meet so many people from all over the world, I would never make so much great friends and see another part of the word. We went with the bus which honestly (partly) sucked. It was such a long ride but on the other side, we had a chance to talk, get to know each other, see all the things that surrounded us, etc. Most of all, if we went by plane, I would never notice how the cars were changing from really old and basic ones to Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Rolls Royce, as we got closer to the NYC. That was pretty interesting.
I am going to share with you some of the most amazing memories from this incredible place!
This is the first view of NYC we got on our bus. To be honest, yeah, I cried. It was so beautiful and I couldn’t even believe that what I see and where I am is a reality. In that moment, everyone in the bus was Alicia Keys and sang that New York song!
I can’t even describe the feeling I had when I saw this ice ring from The Home Alone and other movies.
The Empire State Building. One of my favorite places ever. I will never forget the feeling. I was on the top of New York. I could see everything. Thousands of buildings, people, cars, and lights were under me. I was just silently walking around and stared at the incredible view. So many things came to my mind at that time. At the same moment, I was thinking how thankful I am to my family, and what would happen if I’d drop my phone.
Ferry took us to the Staten Island so we saw another beautiful angle of New York.
From the Ferry, we also saw The Statue of Liberty but didn’t have enough time to go there. The entire New York City traffic was slowed down because Trump was there at that time.
We also went to the NYC subway which honestly didn’t even look like a subway station. There were so many places to eat, shops,… everything.
Brooklyn Bridge. I honestly didn’t find that interesting. But it is a famous place to visit so we went there. Apparently, I am not really into bridges! 😀
I went to the “9/11″memorial. It was built at the same place as the Twin Towers were a couple years ago. The atmosphere was really unique. I came from really noisy Time Square to this silent memorial. Literally, no one talked.
We were also told that the names are not in alphabetical order nor in the “birth date” order. The families agreed to group their names depending on “who worked with who” kinda thing.
This is the “survivor tree” right next to the memorial. It is the only original tree which survived the tragedy.
Let’s move to the “happier” things. The Times Square was love at the first sight. There is NO night for anyone on Times Square. With all the shining billboards there is no dark even though it is nighttime. There are so many people talking different languages, doing so many things. And I LOVED IT!
I and a friend of mine also went to the “World’s Biggest Disney Store” which was so fun.
We also visited a huge M&M store which was unforgettableble experience.
The next stop was “China Town”. It was truly like a different world. There were so many Chinese people, reading Chinese newspapers, speaking Chinese,… They didn’t even English. They had their own little world tight there.
For me, this cathedral on the 5th Avenue was one of the prettiest buildings on the Times Square.
Fun fact: there are 8 Archbishops of New York buried in a crypt under the high altar.
Fun Fact: We also drove by the apartment where Beyonce lived, were in the mall with Cara Delevigne on the ” Grand opening of an H&M store”, were on a Broadway show, and saw the Trump’s hotel. It was pretty fancy.
The next stop was beautiful Central Park. So many people were running and bicycling there. Like a ton of them.
I really hoped you enjoyed reading this post. I had so much work with it but I know someone will like it and appreciate it. In New York, I truly had a time of my life. Thanks to all of my foreign friends, all the chaperones and tour guides, my awesome dad and my host family. They all made it possible.
xoxo, Laura ❤