Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to go to New York City. Being raised way out in the country; something about such a big city drew me in. Every summer I would beg my parents to let me go. Eventually their will powers caved, and the summer after my freshman year I arrived at LaGuardia Airport.
The stench of garbage greeted me as soon as I walked out of the airport. Even that could not bring me down from the euphoria I was experiencing. There was so much to do in such little time. I was only in the city for five days.
I decided Central Park was a great place to start my adventure. Being an experienced musician I loved hearing the melodies that rang out through the vast park being played by street performers. The most memorable of these performers was seated just outside Strawberry Fields. He was a middle aged man, rocking out his versions of John Lennon tunes on an acoustic guitar that had seen better days.
As it started getting dark I left Central Park for the subway station with the guitar man’s version of “Imagine”, by John Lennon, playing in my head. I decided it was as good a time as any to experience the lights and sounds of Times Square. Again the smell of garbage piled in the street was the first thing to catch my attention, along with car exhaust, and European tourists who do not know of the magic that is deodorant. Still, none of these intense smells could bring me down.
Times Square was more crowded, bright, and confusing than any picture could have made it look. I immediately loved everything about it. Billboards were everywhere advertising musicals, food, shopping, anything a person could imagine. Street venders cramped with confused tourists and busy business men filled the sidewalks. Everything was so different from my home in the country and I think that is what appealed to me so much. It became abundantly clear this city really does not sleep.
From the relaxed atmosphere of the Park, to the bright lights and strong smells of Times Square, and every subway stop in between, New York City was an amazing experience.
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