Saturday was yet another day full of adventures out on the East Coast. This time, I left Philadelphia for the day and headed to New York City.
It started bright and early at 5:30a.m., in order to catch the MegaBus from Philadelphia to NYC, and I then crammed as much into my day as possible. Words cannot give my experiences this past weekend justice, but I will give it a try.
In the morning, we headed to Madison Square Garden, which is the world’s most famous arena, followed by the Empire State Building, Macy’s on 34th Street, Times Square and Central Park. Walking around from place to place in the morning I was able to notice two big differences between Philadelphia and New York City: the building sizes and the people.
First, the buildings in New York City are HUGE. Walking around all day Saturday I said on multiple occasions that everything was just so big, and that I felt so small compared to the things that surrounded me.
Secondly, walking arm to arm with the person next to you through Time Square in order to get through the area is another major difference. There are so many people everywhere! I can think of many movies that portray the super tall buildings and extra crowded streets in New York City and I can now say that, yes, it is real. I have been there and have experienced it for myself.
In the afternoon we headed to the New York Stock Exchange and then took a subway down to lower Manhattan. Here, we went to Battery Park, where we were able to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Then, we headed to Ground Zero and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Going to the Brooklyn Bridge was the highlight of my day as it is something that I have wanted to do since my freshman year at Hanover. I remember being in my Great Works class when were studying architecture and my professor told the class that we all needed to go to the Brooklyn Bridge sometime in our lives in order to admire this piece of architecture in person.
My professor was right — textbooks don’t do the Brooklyn Bridge justice.
Overall, my weekend travel to New York was very successful. Not only was I able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, but it also helped me realize the importance of travelling and experiencing new things.
Being in Philadelphia this semester has given me city living experience, but it has also given me the opportunity to travel to other cities. I have now been to Washington D.C. and New York City since I have been here, and I still plan to go to Boston in a few weeks. Each new location is filled with new experiences and new opportunities to learn. I am just enjoying it while I can!