Thank goodness it is Spring Break! While I wish I was spending it in some exotic locale, I am planning to have fun this week, as my friend from St. Louis is coming to visit. We met during our freshman year at LIM College, but she decided to transfer to a school closer to home. However, we have kept in touch since then and we are proof that the friends you make in college are your friends for life.
Because she is from out of town, whenever she visits New York she wants to do all the tourist activities. This means we have to gear up with massive amounts of coffee and a subway map and go to all the places she (and millions of other tourists) loves. We go to Joe’s Pizza, which was shown for a brief moment in the movie Spiderman. My friend thinks they have the best pizza in the world, but in my opinion, it’s just decent. We also go to the famed Serendipity 3 for their amazing frozen hot chocolate, which is totally worth waiting two and half hours for…however, we reduce the wait time because we call ahead for reservations. We also make a trip to Magnolia Bakery, not because we are obsessed with Sex and the City, but because we are obsessed with their red velvet cupcakes. I swear, their cupcakes make the worst days a million times better. We also venture to Chinatown and SoHo and the South Street Seaport and anywhere else that strikes our fancy.
Although I loathe tourists, with their strange clothes, fancy cameras, finger-pointing at buildings, and their amazing ability to walk slower than a snail along Fifth Avenue, I must admit that sometimes it is fun to mingle with them at all the tourist spots. It's fun to act like a tourist, taking tons of pictures and being carefree, because it really lets you enjoy and appreciate the wonder of New York.