This morning, after an early breakfast at Cosi, we traveled from campus to Manhattan. I enjoyed the views from the bus window and it only took us about 2 hours to make the trip. We started at Columbia campus and the surrounding area. We had around and hour and a half, and although we didn't have an official campus tour, it was nice to get a feel for Columbia. Mariko and I went to Tom's Restaurant (any Seinfeld fans out there?) for some delicious milkshakes, and then went in to the New York Public Library. I really liked the area, and Columbia's campus was lusciously green and beautiful.
|Mariko and I at Columbia|
Afterward, we re-boarded the bus and drove to Times Square. I got to see a lot of the city through my window, and it was even easier to enjoy the sights inside the air-conditioned bus. Just like at campus, we had a home area where we were allowed to wander freely for a few hours. I walked around with Mariko, Alysa, Chloe, Ivette, and our friend Jacob. I got a soft pretzel and delicious lemonade for lunch, and then we went to the M&M store. I had a hard time tearing myself away from the three stories of chocolate and chocolate-themed knickknacks. But, after some fun souvenir shopping, we headed down to Forever 21.
|Yes, those are M&Ms|
Earlier in the week I signed up for to go to the top of Rockefeller Center in an activity called "Top of the Rock." "Top of the Rock" was an amazing experience. I didn't see Liz Lemon or Jack Donaghy, but I did see a beautiful view of New York City. In the elevator up to the 67th floor, the ceiling played a montage of the building's history. Rockefeller Center has been there since 1933 and it has a rich past. I spent quite some time at the top gawking at the buildings and parks in the city. It truly is a beautiful place and I know I will go back in the future.