I think my most memorable trip ever would have to be the Big Apple. It has always, for as long as I can remember, been my biggest dream to visit NYC. For some reason I've always been fascinated with New York and I'd say my Gossip Girl obsession probably didn't help.In 2011 50.9 million people visited New York City. (source)
When I was going to USA as an au pair it's safe to say one of the things I was the most excited about was the fact that the training school in fact was situated in New York. I knew for certain that I would spend my first few days in the state of New York. This knowledge alone made me so excited I could barely contain my joy but the best part was that I knew we were going in to the city for a day of sightseeing.
So I arrived at JFK airport the 6th of June 2011, incredibly tired and could barely stand on my legs. But so, so, SO happy because I knew I had finally crossed the Atlantic. I got collected at the airport and taken out to Long Island where the training school was. So we weren't in the actual city for more than that one day they brought is in for sightseeing.
The days went by. Training school was so much fun I nearly wish I could do it again, and on our last day in training it was finally time for the big event, our trip in to NYC. We all got on a big coach bus and we were more or less bouncing in our seats like little kids, all of us, all the way from Long Island in to the city.
We were driving through the city with our personal guide Her name was Sheila and she was hilarious! She showed us the places she thought was more important to show so it's safe to say we got a better tour than a lot of other sightseeing buses would give typically. And she played Empire State of Mind with Alicia Keys and Jay Z all the way which was hilarious!
I remember this day so clearly because I was in awe the whole day. I had to pinch myself I didn't know if I was dreaming or not. I mean not only was I in New York, I was in the United States of America and it was my first time in any city in the US. I was amazed at how everything looked exactly the way it does in films. We drove past Central Park, we drove down Times Square, past Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Broadway, Brooklyn Bridge, the place where the twin towers used to be, along the Hudson river... I mean all these places you've heard a million times being mentioned on tv or in a movie. Places you've seen in movies. I remember we passed the Kardashian's DASH store and I literally couldn't believe what I saw.
A few times we got to get off the bus as well. We took the ferry over to Staten Island as this is one of the best ways to get a great view of the Statue of Liberty. During the ferry ride you see the statue in all it's glory from a great distance. And on your way back you get an amazing view of the Manhattan Skyline. I remember being amazed at all this but annoyed at the same time, since we of course had terrible weather and everything was so grey and foggy all our pictures came out crappy. But that's a minor issue since I have it all in my memory.
As a last stop we were going to Rockefeller Center, we had tickets to get up to "Top of the Rock" where you have an incredible view of the city. This is better than going up Empire State Building as you get to actually see the Empire as well from the Rock. I remember this day was so humid, it was probably 40 degrees celsius, foggy and disgusting (which is typically my bad luck) but still we just couldn't believe our eyes. We were looking out over central park, the empire state building and times square and I think that was the moment when most of us realised we were actually there. We were finally there.
After "top of the rock" we had some free time. It wasn't much, not even two hours and of course with my luck, it started lashing. I'm not talking about little rain now. It was the kind that splashes everywhere and typically you would try to stay inside. So of course we had to RUN down Fifth avenue, RUN down Times Square and we didn't even bother exploring Central Park further as we just tried to stay some what dry. This was of course typical but it was still amazing. I mean we stopped for McDonald's in Times Square. Nowadays when I see that McDonald's in films I'm like... I've eaten there. How cool is that?!
Even though the rest of my time in America didn't turn out the way I'd hoped and I had to leave sooner than planned... This day in NYC is one of the things I take with me. I never got the chance to go back even though I lived so close. This is my only regret now looking back. I know there is no point in regretting something that was three years ago. But if I could have done anything different from my time in America... It would have been to do whatever it takes to go back to NYC.
This is why this is one (maybe THE) most memorable trip I've taken so far. New York City was and still is my big dream. I wanted to discover and uncover this city, and I still want to. Even though I am so happy to even have been there, just for a day, this is one of the places I can't wait to visit. It's not one of those places I "want" to visit. It's the concrete djungle I WILL see again.
Let's hear it for New Yoooork!
Tell me, what are some of your memorable trips? Or do you have a dream trip you'd like to do? Comment below!