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“Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy, got my glasses- I’m out the door- I’M GONNA HIT THIS CITY!” This song came on as I was running on the treadmill, so I decided it would be an appropriate theme song for the day. The gym I go to is called Eastern Athletic. It offers sports, fitness and spas. It has multiple classes every day like spin, zumba and cardio kickboxing. Jessica, Kathrina and I decided we are going to pick and attend 5 classes a week. We need to stay in shape if we are going to be eating out as much as we do! After my workout, Jessica and I got ready and headed down to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which overlooks Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Before reading some of my Music book for my online class, Jessica and I sat on a bench and talked for a while. She is such a nice girl; we get along great! As we sat, we witnessed a Bride and Groom taking their wedding pictures, a dog walker walking seven dogs (well, I hope she was a dog walker and just didn’t own seven dogs) and joggers of all types. It was a peaceful, relaxing place to enjoy the Brooklyn Heights environment. The weather today was a bit chilly; cloudy and in the mid-60s. I had on jeans and a tank top and was shivering. After 2 1/2 hours at the Promenade, Jessica and I headed back to the room to “sprousin’ up” for dinner. We met Kathrina downstairs at 5 o’clock and walked to a pizza place called Grimaldi’s.Their was a waiting line outside of the restaurant. About 30 people deep, we were seated in about 25 minutes. “The menu was simple: choose the size, the sauce and the toppings, and get ready to experience pizza nirvana.” Among the three of us, we ordered two small pizzas: one with extra cheese and the other with Italian sausage. The pizzas are cooked in a coal fired brick oven, which gives the pizza a crisp and distinct smokey flavor. For dessert, we all split a Cannoli. I guess you could call me uncultured because I had never heard of it, but it was scrumptious. A Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. After dinner, we grabbed a bottle of wine and came back to our room for a nice, relaxing evening. We met one of our neighbors who lives across the hall. His name is Andrew and he is from Missouri and attends school in Indiana. Our motto: The more people we meet, the merrier! Maybe by my 21st birthday, I will have met a lot of people who will be able to go out and celebrate with me?! I WISH. With a little wine and talking and t.v. in the mix, I was ready to call it a night by 9:30 p.m.
As I said goodbye to my dad in the airport, I am not going to lie, I was a bit nervous and anxious. I think my parent’s concern was what was rubbing off on me. My flight left at 5:20 a.m. and I had a short layover in Charlotte, North Carolina; I was then on my way to the Big Apple. I arrived in LaGuardia Airport around noon. As I picked up my three pieces of luggage, I took a couple deep breaths and muttered words of encouragement to myself. The next task was to find a safe and cost efficient ride to the place I would call my home for the next 2 1/2 months. To my dismay, there was a nice gentleman who asked if I needed a taxi. Boom, 5o bucks and to Brooklyn Heights I stood. The place I am staying is only for students and interns in the New York area. It is in a safe and beautiful location. I am living with two girls, one who I met today named Jessica. Small world; she is from Broken Arrow, Okla. and her mom teaches at OSU. Our room looks like a hotel room; it is a lofted triple room with desks and dressers under our beds. We share a bathroom and have a fridge, microwave and t.v. All the essentials, nothing more. 20 minutes in the room to unpack my things, and I was off for my first adventure with Jessica. We walked about 3 blocks to the water and saw Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. It was amazing! 🙂 At that moment, I could not believe I was in New York! As we walked the streets of Brooklyn, weX scoped out places to eat, shop and relax. We stopped at a Thai place and I tried a Peach Bubble Tea for the first time. It was delicious! As we made our way back home, I stopped at CVS to pick up a few things for my room. You would never think to grocery shop at CVS, but it is honestly the cheapest place here. After relaxing in the room for about an hour, it was time to go, again! I guess I can now relate to the fast paced life of a New Yorker. I went to dinner with my roommate and another girl we met, Kathrina. Kathrina lives in California and is studying to be a Vet at UC Berkeley. After dinner, we went to Barium for a block party Amanda Palmer threw to celebrate her $1 million album fundraiser. For those of you who do not know who she is, don’t worry because I didn’t either. She is an American artist who sings “Brechtian punk cabaret,” more or less gothic style music. Let’s just say, I was intrigued. You think I am weird? There was no comparison with the people who were at the block party. They were barely clothed and had piercings and tattoos everywhere. One girl I saw had a gas mask on! Huh? Anyways, my roommate is a fan of her music so Kathrina and I tagged along. The event lasted until 2 a.m., but we only stayed for about 2 hours. We took the subway, which should have been a 15 minute ride, but instead it took us 2 hours to get home. To say the least, we got lost…a couple of times. Day 1 on the subway and I already witnessed a man masturbating. Sorry for the vulgar language/image. I guess it was just my friendly welcome to New York’s subway. After standing on my feet for 2 hours at the block party and walking miles to find our way back, my feet and back were killing me. Therefore, I treated myself to some junior mints in bed and called it a night. Some things never change!