New York City - My Family Travels

A vacation I would like to share with you is my voyage to New York City. Not only was I just going to the city that never sleeps for the first time, I was going to be part of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up I would watch it every Thanksgiving and wish that I could be a part of something that great, and here it was. My cheerleading team was selected to participate, only four of us were able to go but we went and had a fantastic time.

It was November 22, 2008 and I was boarding my first train ever. It was all a rush of mixed emotions, my parents weren‘t going because they couldn‘t afford for all of us to go so I went with my Cheerleading mother, Karen Proffitt, her daughter and her husband. The train ride was perfect, we boarded around 6 or 7 in the morning and slept for the first few hours. It was a total of 5 hours or so for the full ride so after we slept we decided to go have lunch in the dining area. As soon as were done dining we went back to our seats and within about an hour we were in New York City.

The rush of emotion I felt stepping out of Penn station is indescribable. My first cab ride soon followed, unfortunately it was not THE Cash Cab. It was such a different feeling looking up and seeing skyscrapers. We soon arrived at our hotel, The Hilton New York, and settled in. We decided to take a stroll to Central Park, it was magnificent. As we turned a corner I saw it, The Plaza Hotel. I don’t think anything during the trip can measure up to the feeling I felt when I saw that hotel. I used to read and watch the Eloise books and movies and ever since I knew what a hotel manager was, I wanted to be it, in the Plaza Hotel. We stayed there as long as we could until we had to go back to the hotel.

The next day we had practice for the parade and then we got to go out for lunch. On the way back from my team members, Emily, Christine, Kaity and myself got lost walking back to the hotel. Four teenage girls wandering aimlessly in the streets of the Big Apple, it was horrible. We eventually found our way back but it was a really scary experience. After all of this commotion we got to go on a bus tour of the city. The next significant part of my trip was seeing the Statue of Liberty which evoked great pride.

The next day we had an opportunity to go to China Town, what an experience that was. I got the briefing of hiding my money underneath all of my layers, that was really important advice because if anyone were to be robbed, it would be me. Then we got the experience of going into the back rooms for haggling, which I utterly failed at. This experience was so fun and interesting, I’m not sure I would do it by myself though.We went out on our own the next day. The last highlight was that we saw the Rockettes, they were great.

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