Day in the Big Apple
Trip Start May 02, 2013
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I wandered around without a clue of where I was going. I was told that the red bus tour was a good way to see the city with the little time I had. When I stepped out of Penn station I was overwhelmed with the amount of people and concrete that was around me. I have been into big cities before, but New York seemed like a new country. Right down the street was a red bus. I quickly hopped on! On the bus, they explained some of the history of the city
When a man explained that it cost $50.00 to ride an elevator to get to the top, I politely declined his offer and got back on the bus. The 9/11 memorial was one of the stops I really wanted to see. I got off at the appropriate stop and waited in line. It was well worth the wait! Seeing the memorial was breathtaking. I thought the way it was set up was very respectful to the men and women who died that day. Just like on September 11th, 2001, there was a strong feeling of unity at the memorial. I think it is great that it is there so generations to come can understand what happened. Though I was only in 3rd grade on that tragic day, I can remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. It is crazy to think that kids just a couple years younger than me won't have any recollection of the event.
After I spent a couple hours at the memorial, I got on the bus and went to Battery Park. I went there to meet up with a couple of guys that I have been working with to promote my trip. Seeing the Statue of Liberty from the park was really cool. I did not have enough time to make it over to the statue this time. I will have to do that on my next trip.
It was getting late and I had to start thinking about getting back to New Jersey. My phone was about to die so I purchased a charger at Penn station right before I boarded the train. I was in need of a phone because I had to contact Robin before getting into New Brunswick. It was difficult to find a working outlet on the train but I finally found one
I got back to the house, and Robin and I had dinner. It was a long, tiring, but exciting, day and I was ready to go to bed. I was still unsure of where I wanted to go the next day. I was deciding between Iqaluit and Goose Bay Canada. I was going to check the weather the next morning and make that decision.
I said goodnight to Robin and Jean and went to bed soon after. I knew the next day would be an interesting day because I was just about to start the international part of my journey.