Dear Readers,

One of the best things about living abroad is that you can invite your friends and give them this opportunity to travel somewhere new. Last month, my best friend Ela from Warszawa, Poland, visited me.

Photo 1: The Friends Experience

On day one, we went ice-skating in Central Park, as the weather was still wintery in mid-march. After that, we had a warm onion soup for lunch in the Lincoln Center area. Then, we visited the MET Museum and walked along 5th avenue to midtown. After that, we took a good rest and got ready for more adventures.

Photo 2: The Lion King

The next day, Ela took her first NYC subway ride. She swiped her metro card (it did not go through at first and second), and we hopped on the E train. We got off at WTC station and went to see the 9/11 Memorial. Then we headed to Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo, where we had a slice of pepperoni pizza. After that, we went to Waterfront Park, and from there, we took a ferry to midtown Manhattan. Our next stop was Flatiron district, where we went to The Friends Experience. They have original costumes and things from the Friends show, and the entire experience is ‘Oh my Gawd!’ After that, we walked 20 blocks to 45th to Minskoff Theater, where we saw The Lion King. It’s the most incredible show I have ever seen.

view from summit esb

Photo 3 & 4: Views from Summit

In the morning the next day, we had a little picnic in the park. We got our coffees, croissants, au pain chocolate, and pistachio cookie from Bread Story, a French bakery on 1st avenue and 15th street. After that, we strolled along the streets of East Village and Chelsea. Next, we stopped by Chelsea Market to have some fresh oysters. For the sunset went to Summit One Vanderbilt, which is the newest observation deck, and you can see the entire city from there. The views from Summit are just breathtaking, and its reflective interiors embrace the experience. The entrance to the observation deck is through the iconic Grand Central Terminal. For dinner, we had a delicious Korean barbecue at Miss Korea. It always gets busy in Koreatown on Saturday night, with the karaoke bars and restaurants running for 24 h.

Photo 5: Fresh oysters at Chelsea Market; Photo 6: Korean BBQ at Miss Korea

On the last day, we went out for brunch in West Village. There is no better way to finish your weekend than with your best friend and a glass of mimosa. After having a great time together, it was time for Ela to go home. It was one of the best episodes in our long-lasting friendship, and its name was ‘The one in New York City.’

Photo 7: High Line Park

Olga Kosterska


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