Empire State of Mind

After 3 days in the most incredible city in the world, I am back in Indiana. While I’m without a doubt a proud Hoosier, it was extremely difficult to leave easily the best trip/city I’ve ever visited. I was able to go to New  York City through a business program I am in at school called Academy of Finance. The trip, which included stops in numerous famous and meaningful places, became even better because I was able to spend it with some amazing friends.

Here’s a look back at my trip to NYC:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

4:00 a.m. –My arrival at the high school to depart to Indianapolis International Airport

6:00 a.m. -Flight takes off to our first stop in Atlanta, Georgia

11:00 a.m.-My arrival in New York City from the Atlanta Airport. The view from the plane was incredible, and it was difficult to contain my excitement from the plane looking down at the city! Not to mention it was a gorgeous day, this picture I took from the plane highlights the sky and the Hudson River

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2:00 p.m. -Group visit to the Museum of Natural History aka the museum in Night at the Museum! Unfortunately we didn’t spend too much time there, but it was incredible. I could have easily spent an entire day gazing at all the different exhibitions, the life-sized blue whale, and the dinosaurs!

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The T-Rex, Rex from Night at the Museum!

 

3:00 p.m. -We had free time until dinner so my friends and I decided to wander Times Square. We also ventured out to Rockefeller Plaza where I was able to see NBC Studios, Fox Business, and even the Lego Store.

8:00 p.m. -Group visit to the Empire State Building. The views from up above were hard to capture in just a single picture. The sight was amazingly beautiful. It was incredible to see the entire city from up above. Easily one of my favorite highlights from the trip.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

10:30 a.m. -Group tour of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. This experience was hands down my favorite moment of the trip. Our tour guide explained that most of the people he takes on tours at NYSE were either high-end clients or celebrities. To be able to actually be on the floor where it all happens (I was even standing next to a show filming for CNBC) was such a blessing.

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2:00 p.m. -9/11 Memorial group visit. Another favorite moment from my trip, the memorial was extremely emotional. The infinity pools, the exact footprint of the former World Trade Centers, were beautiful. Around the circumfrence of the infinity pools, each person who lost their life that day had their name engraved.  I even got to see the new World Trade Centers, another cool experience.

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3:oo p.m.-Again, we had free time until later on that night. So me and two others girls had a girls trip to 5th Ave. We easily walked 3 miles and went into every cool little shop there. We even visited the New York Public Library (aka the most beautiful library I have ever stepped foot in)

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7:00 p.m.-Broadway to see Annie. Awesome enough, Annie was next to our hotel on Times Square. The show was amazing too, it brought back all my childhood memories of watching the movie, Annie.

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11:00 p.m.-Hard Rock Cafe with a group of my close friends. We were the last ones to leave the restaurant later that night! Even though the food was the best, we went for the atmosphere. And that was my favorite meal of the entire trip!

Friday, March 22, 2013

10:30 a.m. -Canal Street. Although it was honestly a little freaky to be bombarded by a ridiculous amount of shop owners and various Asian women, I found some cheap and awesome souvenirs. Plus I can check China Town off my bucket list.

12:00 p.m. -Grand Central Station. Two friends and I ended up taking the subway back to Times Square and realized there was a stop at Grand Central Station. While the pictures hardly captured the complex and intricate detail work of the building and the incredible feelings experienced there, it’s still very memorable.

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2:00 p.m.- Lunch on the bleachers in Times Square. As our last hour in New York, it was fun to experience the bustling city one last time with my friends.

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3:00 p.m.-Departure from Times Square. It was so hard to leave such an amazing city, especially since I knew that I still had 2 flights and a total of 3 hour layovers in an airport ahead of me.

New York City proved to be far better than I could have ever dreamed. Pictures, movies, and TV shows don’t do it enough justice. You have to actually be there to fully grasp how wonderful it is. The sirens, the traffic and honking, all the people, the food, the friends, and the lights. Is it time to go back yet?

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