Yesterday, my friend Leila and I, went on a journey to Manhattan. On Wednesdays, both of us have no classes. So why not go to New York City? We really wanted to do something fun before the end of the semester, when we both go home for the summer. Finals are right around the corner and this would be a great way to let loose before crunch time.
We started by taking the bus to the closest subway station, and then took the F Train to Lexington and 63 St. This stop is quite close to school so the whole trip only took about half an hour. I was really happy about the short distance because I usually get nauseous on public transportation.
I stepped out of the subway and New York City was at my fingertips. You could hear the taxis, the honking, and the smell of delicious food – I had arrived to New York City.
Our first stop was FOOD! We ate breakfast at our university cafeteria but it just was not good enough. As soon as we stepped foot into Manhattan and smelled the food trucks, our tummies couldn’t help but growl for food. We decided to stop at Pick a Bagel, a random bagel store on our way to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We both got bagels with cream cheese and, wait for it, FRESH SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE. Yes, it was pricey since it was in NYC but completely worth it, in my eyes. It’s extremely hard to find fresh squeezed orange juice nowadays since everything at the supermarket has chemicals and/or preservatives. Not much is all natural anymore, unfortunately.
Next on our list for the day was to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Leila wanted to take me because in my nineteen years of existence, I have never been. First impression, was WHOAAA: the steps where Serena and Blair (the cast of Gossip Girl) had sat and filmed! It was pretty surreal to see such a beautiful building with so much history.
As I walked in, the columns and architecture caught my eye instantly. I couldn’t help but take an insane amount of pictures, from every angle. After the monsoon of pictures I took, Leila and I got in line to get into the museum. We were waiting for the line to get shorter, when a woman came up and gave us her passes to get into the museum. She explained her group had extra tickets and wanted to give the extras out. It was our lucky day. We graciously accepted and thanked her plenty of times. This is when our tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art started.
We were only at the museum for a few hours so we weren’t able to see everything we had hoped. The museum is just too big to see everything in one day. It’s definitely a trip you have to take multiple times. We did get to go to these exhibits: The American Wing, Ancient Egypt, the Rooftop Garden, Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World, European Sculptures, and Modern and Contemporary Art. There were so many cool and interesting pieces in each exhibit. My favorite part of the museum was definitely the architecture of this beautiful building: It’s still blowing me away. Can’t forget to mention the amazing rooftop with views that literally take your breath away: New York City skyline.
After walking for hours in the museum, we decided to head over to Central Park since it’s only a few steps away. This was also my first time in Central Park. Absolutely beautiful. We didn’t get to stay long because we were too hungry to really experience it all, but I’ll definitely get over there again sometime in the future: a must!
Our tummies were once again growling for food. My friend recommended, Neil’s Coffee Shop, a quick diner/eatery. Leila got a nice looking wrap and I got a pastrami sandwich, something the dining hall at college would never have. This place was quaint and sweet, interesting place to check out.
And that was my day. A beautiful, sunny, shiny day in the big apple: our feet were tired, our stomachs were full, and our hearts happy. Can’t wait to get back to Manhattan sometime soon and share my experience again!