Sunday, April 1, 2012

New York City!!

Me and Katrina on the plane to New York

I got a little excited :D

Columbia University- the place where this conference was held

Me, Katrina, and Alisha

Me, Katrina, and Tabatha

Me, Alisha, and Tabatha

Columbia University is right on Broadway

Our group on those big red steps in Times Square

My first air jump in the middle of Times Square with Tabatha

Our lunch one day was this HUGE slice of pizza. It was really good too!

Our group and Mrs. Santiago, our adviser. That is Vincent Van Gogh in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

On a bench in Central Park

The only pink tree we saw in Central Park

Under a very pretty walkway right before Strawberry Fields

John Lennon's Imagine

They (people in New York) call this "The Mall"

In front of a pretty fountain

On March 13th my group of yearbook friends, my adviser and her husband, and I departed to New York City to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention. This association awarded us a Silver Award for our 2010-2011 yearbook. We arrived in NY at midnight and then went to the hotel. Our hotel was the Hotel Pennsylvania and it wasn't the nicest of hotels but it was right around the corner from the Empire State Building, right across the street from Madison Square Garden, and a short distance from Times Square, so we really couldn't complain that much.

On March 14th we had our first day at the convention. On the way we stopped at a nice little place right by the University to eat breakfast, it was called Uni Cafe. After that we went to our sessions. My friends and I went to a lot of design classes and a couple on writing. Our first day in NY the weather was very nice, I would describe it as the way Florida would be if it was cold, it was kind of hot and cold at the same time. This was the first day we went to Times Square but first we went to dinner at Patsy's, it was a dinner with a yearbook representative from our yearbook company Balfour. Patsy's used to be where Frank Sinatra used to go and eat and apparently it is owned by the Mafia now. Anyways, it was really good Italian food :). After dinner we went to Times Square and it was amazing to see it in person rather than on TV. This is where we first went shopping and we went to the 4-story Forever 21! It was awesome! After our Times Square extravaganza we went back to the hotel, we were exhausted and we had to get up at 6:30 the next morning.

On March 15th we went through the same morning routine. Ate breakfast at the Uni Cafe, went to more of our sessions, had lunch at the place where we all shared a HUGE slice of pizza, and then the rest of our sessions. After our convention day we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This museum was huge and we really didn't get to see everything but we saw a bunch of the famous painters rooms, like Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso. It was a very pretty museum and I would love to see it again. After the museum we went to Central Park and this Park is huge. We walked a long way through it and went to see John Lennon's Imagine on a part of the ground in Central Park. This is right across from where Yoko Ono's house is. By the time we finished walking through the Park we decided to try and go see the World Trade Center memorial but unfortunately we got there it was too dark and they don't light up the memorial so we couldn't see it but we knew it was there :). We also saw the Statue of Liberty from a distance. After this we were extremely tired so we went back to the hotel to prepare for our last day.

On March 16th we did the same thing. Breakfast at the cafe and our last 2 or 3 sessions. There was also an awards convocation that we could have gone to but we didn't have the time. We went to Times Square again and did some last minute shopping; we went to souvenir shops, H&M, and the M&M store. After this we went straight to the airport where we would finally be coming home.

I had a great time in New York City, and although I will not be in yearbook next year, I learned a lot to give back to my classmates and to teach them for next year. After this trip I realized how much I would love to return to just yearbook for next year. I loved seeing NY and it was a great trip that I will never forget.

-Anna :)

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