Day 1: Travel and Tourism
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Everyone met at the church at about 5 (am) – all of us half asleep. Upon arriving at the airport, we checked in the large amount of luggage and made our way through security and onto the plane. The ride was relatively short and everyone made it to New York safely. We were picked up at the airport and escorted to the church that we were going to be staying at via Party Bus. From there we settled in a little and started on our journey around New York for the day. We walked a few blocks to Central Park which is amazing. I took a brief nap, and we did devotions on a rock.
After we left the park, we went out to see New York. And what better place than the Top of the Rock. We passed NBC studios and 5th Avenue on our way to Rockefeller Center. After a probably 15-second, 67 floor elevator ride, 2 floor escalator ride and and a flight of stairs, we reached the top. The view was simply magnificent. We saw Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, the Ball in Times Square, and EVERY other part of New York. My favorite part of being on Top of the Rock was that I heard people speaking at least 7 different languages.
We left Rockefeller for our next trek to “Juniors.” This All-American restaurant was suurprisingly run by mostly people from other countries including Malick from South Africa and Sergy from Latvia. However, it was our unfortunate luck to be sitting outside when the rain started. But it cleared soon and burgers, salads, and very good cheesecake lifted our spirits.
One slide of the DCPC credit card and two blocks later, we were entering the Palace Theatre on our way to see West Side Story. More on West Side Story Later.