I'm sure I've said this before, but one of my favorite things about St. Mike's is definitely the location. First of all, the Burlington and Winooski area is definitely a Vermont sweet spot--and if you're cool with being behind the wheel for a couple hours, there are so many travel possibilities to check out. I've been blessed this year to have friends willing to have me tag along when they go home for breaks, and that's allowed me to experience so many new places as well as faces. As a really awesome first-year-finale, I got to spend Easter break in New York City. Four amazing days in the Big Apple! I grew up in a town with one stoplight, so spending time in the greatest city in the USA had me pretty much in a constant state of awe. We left on Thursday afternoon, six college kids and numerous bags of junk food crammed in a Ford Explorer. Although it took about six hours, the road trip was fun and driving along Lake George in New York was seriously beautiful.
I was kind of surprised at how much I enjoyed the Met. We must have spent a couple of hours there, wandering the exhibits and discussing the art like sophisticated adult people that I used to make fun of. The Frank Lloyd Wright room is very cool, as is all the Van Goghs and the famous George Washington Crossing the Delaware painting. The New York Public Library is also super cool- beautiful architecture, magnificent reading rooms. Can you imagine if Durick Library looked like this? Maybe I would study more...
This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. After having a nice leisurely lunch in front of the water at Battery Park--and by the way, it's absolutely true that NYC bagels truly are the best bagels--we walked along for a while and came to (I don't know what it's officially named) a big patch of land that was transplanted from Ireland. Now, I don't know who decided that it would be a good idea to take a little chunk of land out of Ireland and put it in New York City, but the result is pretty cool. John, Joe, and I walked along the rock wall on "Ireland" and admired the new World Trade One building. It's really a beautiful building, and the memorial waterfalls surrounded by the names of those who lost their lives in 9/11 is a very powerful sight; it makes you take a deep breath, and for me, it took me back to the morning it happened, and where I was when I found about the attack. So, this picture is essentially a photo of World Trade One... viewed from (technically) Ireland. How cool is that??
And if I'm being honest, one of my favorite things to do in NYC is just get a latte and people watch. We sure saw some interesting things. Here is a photo of some Hare Krishnas signing gibberish in Union Square.
I was sad to leave the city, but so grateful for the experience and pretty blown away by the place. My freshman year is coming to an end and while it has gone seemingly at light-speed, I have had many opportunities to experience new places on the East coast and I absolutely love that! This weekend is the legendary P-Day at St. Mike's and, having heard to much about it, I can't wait to tell you guys all about "Preparation (Party) Day" and the whole exciting Spring Weekend that SMC has planned for us.