I just embarked on my first ever trip to New York City! It was my first time on a plane and first time staying in a city in America longer than a day. I just left the country for the first time last May and went to Seattle for the day! Crazy, I know.

On February 14th, we were gearing up to leave for our trip and there was a massive snow storm on the Simon Fraser University mountain. It was the beginning of something we should have expected.

We begin our story in New York City. I actually went with my fellow classmate, Marium!

Around 2 A.M. our flights got cancelled.

After frantically calling our airline, we were put on flights to Montreal and New York that would still get us to our destination on the day we planned.

14 hours later, we landed in New York City and I fell in love immediately.

Something about myself is I am in love with lights. I love the way they sparkle in the night sky and just make everything look so magical. It was all I wanted in a city!

On the first day we went to Central Park, Shake Shack, the Empire State Building, and Times Square.

Central Park was so cute and reminded me of home! It was pretty dull in terms of colour, as it was the dead of the winter, but that did not take away from how breathtaking it is.

I found the bridge that I think Joe hit Peach at in “YOU”, Shakespeare’s Garden, Cleopatra’s Needle, and some random trees.

The view from the Empire State Building was so cool! It almost looked like Legoland below. We saw Coney Island and the Statue of Liberty from above.

We went to Times Square at night and it. Was. EVERYTHING. It was the magic I have been waiting for.

There were some street performers and a lot of people gathered together in the cold weather to watch grown men jump over each other.

We went to Hershey’s World and the M&M store and it was lovely. I am not a big chocolate fan but after visiting those stores, I have changed my mind.

It was a busy day but it was a great start to to the trip!

The next day we took a bus around New York and went through Soho. We went to Little Italy and I lived my Italian dreams!

We hopped back on the bus and saw the Statue of Liberty (again), The Flat Iron Building, Penn Station, and learned a lot about the history of the buildings around us!

I also got to see Madison Square Garden and loved it.

On day three, we went to the Brooklyn Bridge. What a dream that was!

On day four, we went to the Metropolitan Art Museum. It was mainly to live out my dreams of sitting on the “Gossip Girl” stairs.

I took advantage of the sunny day and really embraced the fact I was in New York City. What a dream.

We took one last drive through Times Square during the day and it was my last true moment of New York.

Also, I had the best Raspberry Tarte of my life at a café.

We went to watch the musical on broadway, “Dear Evan Hansen”, and it truly changed our lives. It is a heartwarming story that was relatable and honest. I truly encourage listening to the soundtrack and reading up on it. It is hard to describe because I feel like it is a personal experience for everyone.

The morning we were supposed to leave, but, you guessed it, our flights got cancelled once again.

After lounging in the hotel all day, we were finally on our way home.

It was a trip I will never forget and cherish with me forever.

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