The New Me in New York - My Family Travels

 In my life I have never been able to travel to exotic places or popular places. A vacation to my family was driving two hours to my aunts house and swimming in Lake Erie. It was not the most glamorous vacation, but it was fun. One year, however, my mother surprised me with a trip to New York City. We have never had an abundance of money, but when my mom got a bonus at work, she decided that she and I would travel by bus to New York City and see The Phantom of The Opera on Broadway. I was so very excited from the millisecond that the words New York came out of her mouth. I was informed of such an amazing trip two months before we would go. Let me just tell you that those two months were agonizing. I watched movie Phantom of The Opera about four hundred times. I could basically recite and sing every song, not saying the singing was in key or anything but it was the best I could do.

August 11th was the day of our trip. We left my home at one in the morning to catch the bus. I slept the 10 hours on the bus next to my mom, in the back. We were slumped together using each other for a pillow. We both awoke about an hour away from New York City. It was the most amazing sight I’ve ever seen. Riding over the crest of the bridge and seeing the skyline was a highlight of my life.

When we stepped of the bus my mother and I were instantly surrounded by people and it was such a thrill. We had two hours to spend before the show. We walked all over we saw so much. The only bad part was accidentally being forced to walk over the steaming man holes. Completely disgusting. When two hours had passed we walked back to the Majestic Theater on Broadway and took our seats. We were eleven rows back, basically right in front. The show began with the chandelier crash. It swung down and onto the stage. We were right in the middle up front, it looked like it was falling on us. The show was amazing to say the least. With another two hours to spare mom and I went walking again. We saw so many different people and places, I loved it so much.

I learned so much on this trip in such a short amount of time. Most importantly I learned to be different. It felt amazing to see all the different people and to feel different in New York. To be yourself is something many take a long time to learn. I also learned to be artistic, to keep the arts alive. The show brought my mother and I so much joy and brought us closer that I would replay that day a thousand times over if I could. Everyone should go to New York at least once in their life, and then go back four or five more times just for fun.

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