Thanksgiving in the Big Apple - My Family Travels

New York City, a timless city for anyone who visits. It was my first time ever to even the state of New York, and it proved to be one of the best experiences of my life. I woke up extremely early one morning, November 22, 2008 and boarded the local Amtrak station in Charlottesville, on my way to Penn Station. I had never been on a train before. When we arrived I was blown away by the large buildings and the fantastic sights. I remember looking outside of my window seeing the skyline and I was mesmorized. As we stepped out into the blistering cold we got a cab, as a starstruck kid I was looking for the cash cab, unfortunately we did not find it. We arrived at the Hilton New York, along with 600 other cheerleaders, I was a particpant in the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I was given the opportunity because of my cheerleadnig teams excellence and also because of the good people of the Proffitt family who allowed me to join them.

The first thing I wanted to see was the famous Plaza Hotel. Famous for movies like Eloise and Home Alone: Lost in New York it is my ultimate fantasy to run that hotel. I am hopefully going to go to school to pursue this dream. I was so ecstatic to see central park and see the beautiful architecture of the city. Most girls were excited to see the famous designer shops like gucci and prada, not I, I wanted to see the old cathedrals and the brick veneer on the buildings. My dad is a mason and this is his passion, needless to say it has passed on to me.

The second most important memory of this trip was my first ever broadway show. We saw “In the Heights” and it was absolutely amazing, as soon as I got home I bought the soundtrack off of Itunes. The hustle & bustle of times square at night was fantastic, as we arrived at the building for the play the lines were long and I felt as if I were a part of a movie scene. And we were able to go the original Macy’s on 34th street, absolutely incredible. That same day we got to go to Top of The Rock and when I looked down to see central park and the rest of the city I knew that it would be where I lived one day.

However, the most important day of the trip was the day of the parade. I have watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade since my eyes were open and dreamed of being in it or being right there to watch it live. It was a dream come true and I would love to do it again. I am so thankful that my parents were able to send me and I will be back to New York City, hopefully to get my dream job and marry Robert Pattinson!!

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