I had never visited New York until last summer. When my mom works trips to New York, she has a one day layover (she leaves Honolulu the afternoon before, arrives NY the next morning at 6 a.m., then returns home the following day). So last year, she decided to take me on one of her work trips.
I had always wanted to visit NY. In middle school, NYU was my dream school, but when the time to apply to colleges came, I realized that I wasn’t ready to be so far away from home. Sometimes, I still think about moving there, but who knows?
Anyway, back to my ONE fabulous mother-daughter day trip to the Big Apple. We got there at 6 a.m., exhausted. Half of me was ready to go out and explore, the other half was about to pass out. We took a nap until around noon, then got up and at ‘em.
Our first stop was Shake Shack (shocker). I had heard so many amazing things about this place that I had to try it. I wasn’t disappointed. Burgers, fries, shakes, and crowds (three of my favorite things, so I dealt with the crowd). Luckily, we found a seat to indulge on our juicy burgers and sip on our thick and tasty shakes.
Next up: a stroll through Times Square. It was overwhelming, really. I mean, compared to my usual green scenery, they’re serious when they call it a Concrete Jungle. But I loved it. Aside from the god-awful sewage smell that apparently only happens when it’s hot, it was just like being in a movie.
From Times Square, we walked to Rockefeller Center and just had to visit the top. The immense view of NYC is truly breathtaking. I honestly didn’t know so many dreams, successes and failures could all fit into one city. It was super awesome to be able to experience NY for the first time with my mama. From on top of the Roc, I knew I needed to return to this city.
Last but definitely not least, was a Yankees vs. Red Sox game. I was so stoked. This was my first ever MLB game (sad, I know). I couldn’t believe the atmosphere of Yankees stadium and always laughed as the fans hated on the Red Sox. It was also super rad to be able to see Jeter play before he retired from the best game in the world. What surprised me most was how much my mom loved watching the game – she screamed and cheered and I loved every bit of it (I honestly thought she’d be bored but was so glad that she wasn’t!)