New York Birthday Wishes
My 14th Birthday in New York
I started my birthday feeling slightly tired from the night’s exhaustion, as explained in my dad’s blog but otherwise excited and ready to go. I ate a bagel as provided by our small but alright hotel, my dad and mum ate a bagel and Spring ate a donut. After that, we were on our way for the day.
We headed straight for the subway which was perfectly placed across the street from our hotel.
We were going to Times Square, the big one. We came out the train station at the wrong stop and had to walk the whole length of Times Square from 45th Street to 42nd Street before we reached the famous section. Upon reaching the centre of Times Square my eyes widened significantly, televisions were on every wall repeating the ads and new television shows.
This was amazing, incredible, and completely outstanding.
It was hard not to try and watch each and every show or ad. Spring watched each Disney ad that happened to pop up on top of the huge Disney shop. My parents reached the red staircase from which you can take the famous photograph of Times Square.
I liked the way we could show each other the ads we liked or the shows we thought would be interesting. The family all agreed that we would like to see the Big Apple Corner, or something like that. So we walked along this one street until we hit the Hudson River, we were very confused by this but went along with it.
We happily ditched our first goal and walked along the Hudson River. We kept walking until we saw a free kayaking business, Dad was adamant that we not go kayaking because we could get wet. Eventually, though us girls convinced Dad that we could go and not get that wet, boy were we wrong.
We signed a form and got our lifejackets, then we saw the kayaks, each one filled with water. Dad was probably thinking, ‘I told you so’ but he didn’t say anything. I kayaked with Mum while Dad went with spring. Mum and I happily talked as we kayaked, with our buttocks soaking wet, through choppy water. When we finished with the kayaking our legs and buttocks were soaking wet, sadly I had decided to wear jeans that day and they did not dry quickly. I didn’t care that much I was just happy we got to go kayaking.
We needed to walk off the soaking water from our pants so we decided as a family to go to Central Park. It had horse carriages and hot-dog stands everywhere, people were playing in the grass and we saw a yoga lesson taking place as well.
We walked along the road until we came to a stop before a row of hot dog stands, the family walked up to each one and asked the price. Eventually, my parents settled for a chilli dog and Spring and I settled for a normal dog. We ate them and were one our way towards the Empire State Building.
Just before reaching the Empire State Building we talked to a lady at a tourist stand. She told us the price was $29 USD and that the view was not really worth it. We took her words into consideration and decided that only Mum and I would go up into the Empire State Building and take all the camera’s. Dad and spring went into a pub opposite the building and sat waiting for us.
We lined up for a while but the wait was definitely worth the view, we even got free guides.
We took so many photo’s we can honestly say we don’t know which ones our favourite. It was incredible how much of New York you could see from the height, we were above everything. We could see the huge Macy’s store, though sadly couldn’t see Times Square. We took so many photos I think everyone can agree we took enough to fill a year calendar.
Mum and I went to pick up Dad and Spring from the pub and we met an Australian family and the parents chatted away as Meg and I played on Mum’s phone. After the Aussie family left it was getting dark so we headed to the subway and travelled back to Times Square. It was so amazing we had to end that day with what we started it on. At night Times Square really lights up, it somehow was more amazing at night than it had been in the day.
To end our exhausting day, we walked a little way to find a diner to eat dinner. The food was humungous and we all couldn’t finish our meals, even Dad.
We trudged our way back to our hotel, sleep our one goal, as we sat on the impossibly long train ride. Finally, we flopped onto our beds exhausted from both the night before and the amazing day we just had.
BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!
About the author:
Autumn, culture and history aficionado, teenager, high school student and comedy relief, first travelled overseas in 2005 to Malaysia.