For 4 days and 5 nights, I experienced something bigger than my imagination... I lived reality! Stepping out of the plane into LaGuradia Airport was that moment when I thought to myself in the first person "Look Kenon we made it! We finally made it!" Yet if you know New York, what is considered fast pace to a Kansas native raised into a Colorado boy, it's best just to keep my feet moving forward until I reach the baggage claim.
After bus hopping, subway surfing and numerous short calls to my friend Nick stating "okay I'm here, now where do I go?" multiple times in an hastily manner only because my cell phone's battery was in the red. I finally made it to his place! A 2-hour trip that really should have only taken about an hour (according to Nick).
As I make myself comfortable, Nick began making himself publicly ready to hit the town for the night. Which means I could A) stay at his place and do absolutely nothing or B) take a shower, call one of my other friends who stay in New York, attempt to learn how to take the subway and explore the city. Of course I chose the latter, all while my Android began to charge on the kitchen floor.
So me and Katherene, a friend I have known since middle school and have not seen since the last day of high school (wow that just makes me seem old now haha) met up at Brooklyn Junction. Hugs, love, and "you haven't changed since high school" statements definitely dating how "old" we really are, Katherene asks me "is there anywhere you want to go?" I'm so excited to be here, I could care less, but I knew for a fact that I had to ask "Can we go to Manhattan? Like in Times Square?" My wish was granted, and after taking a string of subways (at this point being the first night, I'm still kind of confused about the whole subway system) we end up in downtown Manhattan!
A long day of traveling and I was ready to feast upon my first meal in New York! There are so many options when it comes to food in New York, it became apparent that I knew I couldn't just take a bite at every place, otherwise, I would have left beyond broke. Tired and quietly embarrassed of hearing my stomach growl loud as if I haven't eaten in days, I decide that Scott's Burger Station seems logical for a first night meal. I ordered the number 5, a Smoked BBQ Burger with crispy onions, bacon, melted white cheddar cheese, and a BBQ ranch sauce accompanied with perfectly deep friend sweet potato french fries.
Learning the subway station is not as easy as my friends made it out to be!