This is a story about New York City and my expectations of the city as a girl who had never been outside of Europe.
I’ve loved travelling since I can remember. Starting from day trips with my classmates and weekend trips with my parents, followed by international travels with my friends and my first solo trip to Italy and Switzerland. It took me around a year of exploring Europe before my crazy traveller heart started to crave more.
Me and my best friend decided to make our first trip to another continent.
Like many other people, I held a few stereotypes about NYC and the US in general; starting from behaviours and language to crowds of people everywhere you go, and ending with the most visited tourism sites and the typical American food. I created images in my head of what New York would be like… until the moment I landed at one of the biggest airports in the world – JFK.
Arriving at JFK
Tip No.1: Do NOT take the Long Island Rail Road train. These trains are much more expensive than usual metros and it’s very easy to get lost on them. Don’t fall for them, despite them being the first available form of transport into the city once you get out of the airport.
Tip No.2: Buy a weekly Metrocard (costs around US$30) for unlimited access to all metro stations and download the offline metro map. There is free WIFI in all underground metro stations so whenever you get lost, just look for a close metro station.
Walking the city streets
City life and NYC landmarks
Tip No. 3: Try to get on a Staten Island ferry. They operate very frequently and can be used for free.
The people of NYC
Author - Ilze Geke
Tourism student with the most beautiful and exciting addiction – traveling. My passions are nature, food, mountains and people from different cultures. You can find me at https://www.facebook.com/ilze.geke and http://whilewearehere.com/