Some of our friends from Spain came to visit, and since they had come all the way to America, they wanted to see New York City. Due to some unfortunate scheduling conflicts (aka class and meetings), we couldn’t all stay overnight, so we decided to do the whole trip in one day. We left Tufts around 5am, and arrived at our parking garage ($20 for the whole day!) near the Brooklyn Bridge by 10am. We walked about halfway across the bridge, then headed to the Staten Island Ferry, for the incredible views of the Statue of Liberty. We spent the rest of the day walking uptown (and stopping along the way to eat and see the sights) all the way to Central Park.
Interestingly, when we stopped to see the World Trade Center memorial, the Spaniards said they felt that they understand how tragic the attacks were for America after seeing the memorial. The Spaniards were also especially interested in all the skyscrapers (not just the Empire State and Flatiron Buildings, but the average buildings) because there are only 4 skyscrapers in all of Madrid. We were also surprised to see how excited the Spaniards were when we walked by the side of Rockefeller Center with Jimmy Fallon’s name in lights.
We tried to keep the day as American as possible by stopping a Dunkin Donuts in the morning, eating $1 pizza (Jose had a hot dog too!) and ice cream for lunch, and take-out Chinese food for dinner, which we decided was okay since we walked 13 miles total. Overall, it was great not just to get to see our friends, but to explore such a fantastic city with them!