“I’ll go, but I really hate New York City.”
“Of course you do. This is coming from the girl who hated the food in
I huffed at my friend’s comment, restraining my hand from smacking him in the back of the head. The way he saw it, everyone loves
I was 15 before I first traveled there as part of a group Girl Scout trip. We’d spent nearly 12 hours on a train to get there, and once we arrived at Central Station, sleep-deprived, we were dragged on a 3-day frenzy of trying to cram in as many tourist attractions as possible. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Empire State Building,
After only a short time on the summer-hot streets of the Big Apple, I’d come to detest everything about it: from the smelly trash bags piled carelessly on the sidewalks to the mysterious droplets—that I could only hope were water–that landed on my shoulder from an unseen source above. My personal space was violated in every way, jostled in crowds of the millions of busy New Yorkers who were so carelessly placed onto a tiny little
When we finally boarded the train and left for home, I vowed I would never return. But here I was, two years later, packing my bags for a 5-day journalism convention in
The first day was probably the most interesting I’ve experienced on a vacation: we were just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that would usually go unobserved at home. But here, we partied at the parade, decked out in green, watched the kilt bands and ran into people who came all the way from Ireland itself to celebrate.
On the last day, a couple of my friends and I were finally allowed to venture out on our own. For lunch, we stopped at a empty Thai food cart who’s competitor next door had a line snaking around the corner. Feeling bad for him, we purchased a couple meals to go and walked down to
From there, we leisurely walked to
And as I laid there, I realized that
This was how you truly got a feel for a city. By lying back and enjoying the good food and entertainment, letting yourself soak it all in. This was the true meaning of vacation—to get away from home and enjoy yourself, which doesn’t always include the popular destinations on the beaten path.
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