To think on day 1 I liked New York, by now I have fallen in love with it! It truly is a gorgeous, enormous city. Right off the bat, we woke up and hopped on the bus to New York. When we got there, we took a fairy to Ellis island to see the Statue of Liberty herself! That was actually my first time being in a fairy boat, and it was awesome! Rocky and I got a little nauseous, but the view was worth it. When we got to Ellis island, we had a couple hours of free time, so two of my friends and I took pictures in front of the view of New York. The pictures turned out great! I used my selfie stick to get the Statue of Liberty in my self, which might I say is a selfie of a century. We walked around for a bit and met back to go to the Ellis island museum. That was fascinating, but a little boring at times. We walked around that with headsets that told us everything there is to know about the museum. We then met with our group outside of the museum and took a fairy boat back to New York. When we finally got there, we walked to THE Wall Street! It was so cool to be there after hearing about it for so long. There were buildings and financial services everywhere. I wish we could've stayed there longer, but our stomachs got the best of us. We had to get some lunch, so we stopped at a pizza place to get some New York styles pizza. Now that was one of the best pizzas I've ever had! It was delicious. To think that couldn't get better, we stopped for some cheesecake, which that was the absolute best! It was mouth watering and so scrumptious. We had some left over time, so my group and I went to souvenir shops to buy some things. I bought my parents and I shirts, along with my brothers too. I bought them the classic I love NY shirt, which they specifically asked for! When we were finished, we met Marianne in front of the 9/11 memorial. That was a beautiful memorial, but really hard to get through. They had some similarities to our memorial, like the survivor tree and the reflecting pools. A difference though, is that they had two reflecting pools, where OKC only has one. We then moved on into the museum, which that was huge too! It seems like everything is enormous in New York. Go big or go home, right? Anyway, the museum was tough as well. Not as much gory details, but more personal belongings to the victims, which I think is worst. I just can't wrap my head around people doing that to other people. I can't imagine anyone going through an event like this. After, we took a subway to dinner! That was my first experience on the subway also, which went better than I thought! Surprisingly we didn't lose anyone. The group all walked to dinner, which was a southern comfort food. Normally, the east coast doesn't have sweet tea and will look at you like you're crazy if you ask for it, but this place did! It was truly a southern restaurant. After our delicious dinner, we then walked to the Empire State Building! This has been my dream to go ever since I was little, and I was not disappointed. We had to climb six flights of stairs because it was a 20 minute wait for the elevator, but the view was totally worth it once we got up there. I took some amazing pictures and that view was absolutely breathtaking. I didn't expect New York to be that pretty at such a tall view;I was pleasantly surprised. I will never forget that moment when I looked across New York. We then went down the building and went back to the hotel, for some much needed sleep. It was so cool encountering new things all day long, like fairy boats and the Empire State Building. Those are just significant events you know you will never forget and they're life long memories. I just can't believe I encounter so many new things all day long. I've read about the Empire State Building in class and in books, but never got to feel the atmosphere that's present while looking at the view. The same goes along with the Statue of Liberty, it's breathtaking once you see it in person, but maybe not in a book. It's crazy how far a book goes vs real life. Anyway, it blew my mind seeing so many cannoli restaurants and places you could buy them. You don't really see any of those in Oklahoma, especially in norman. That's just one of the customs and traditions that are new. I'm glad that I could compare my home to New York throughout this journal entry because I've never really opened my mind to that before now, which I regret not doing that before! Everywhere is so different from norman, and everywhere has its own special thing it holds.