Going Out with a Bang!

Going Out with a Bang!

Coming to D.C., I had two personal to-dos I wanted to accomplish – going to the beach somewhere on the Atlantic Coast and visiting New York City. Luckily for me, I got to cross them both off my list in one weekend. On August 8th, Jake and I boarded a bus for New York City. Neither of us had ever been there before.

 

Jake's snapchat from the bus

 

Times Square

Traveling to the city, taking the subway with all our luggage, and checking into the hotel consumed the largest part of our day. After taking a few minutes to rest and eat, we headed down to Times Square. The lights and screens on all of the buildings made it feel like we were in Tokyo. There were tourists everywhere taking pictures, posing with life-sized characters, and walking into the endless amount of stores. Many companies, whose products normally would only exist in a section of a supermarket or department store, had their own stores in Times Square; Levi’s, Hershey Chocolate, M&Ms and Disney were just a few examples of such. To stand in a place that you see on television so often was quite amazing.

 

Times Square

 

The next day, I got my second wish to visit the Atlantic Coast. Although I have been before in Florida, being able to lay out on Brighton Beach offered some much needed relaxation. This beach located on the southernmost tip of Brooklyn was filled with beach goers. After spending a summer in D.C. going to and from work, programming, class, and many other events, it was so nice to be able to lay out on the beach and listen to the tide roll in and out. Brighton Beach is also where Coney Island is located. Jake and I got to walk on the boardwalk and see all of the roller coasters and thrill rides.

 

Jake and I spending the day at Brighton beach

 

After attending an afternoon church service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle the next day, Jake and I went on the Staten Island ferry. The timing was perfect. As we passed by Statue of Liberty, the sun was setting over the horizon. We took a multitude of pictures of the New York skyline and Lady Liberty. But even more than the pictures, we made memories. Although I was only in New York for 3 days, since being back in Illinois I find myself telling people just as much about New York as I do about D.C. Although I learned an exponential amount in D.C., the fun weekend trip to the largest U.S. city was one of my biggest summer highlights. I hope I get to return again someday.

 

The view from the rear of the Staten Island Ferry

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