Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with the Statue of Liberty. I had a puzzle as a little girl that focused on the crown and torch of the statue, and I thought it was sooooo cool to see that people could go up there! It’s been a dream for a long while to do this myself.
Back in October, on my flight home from Italy, I was talking to the woman next to me about my trip. She was fascinated that I met relatives in Sicily, and I told her the next part of the “dream” was to go to NYC and climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty so I could really feel what it was like to have finished the journey my great-grandfather took. I didn’t know that Debbie (the woman) lives in NYC. We had a great connection, and she offered to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty with me! We exchanged information and stayed in touch, and made plans for this. It always amazes me how the right people are put into my path at the right time. I love it! 🙂
I planned only to be in NYC for 2.5 days – anything more than that really overwhelms me because I’m so sensitive to energy. I was lucky enough to stay with my best friend’s sister, who has a perfect apartment in a great spot!
For fun, I went to Times Square while I could. Yes, it’s RIDICULOUSLY overwhelming for me, but it’s one of those “cool” things to do. How could you not see it when there?
I met up with Malcolm, one of my closest friends from college. He and I haven’t seen each other in 15 years, since we graduated. We used to hand write letters all the time up until about 5 years ago. We spent HOURS together and just connected. I love this man with all my heart and I feel closer to him now than I ever have before!
The next day, I met up with Debbie at her apartment. We made our way to Battery Park and stood in the line of cattle like everyone else. It was quite the ordeal! We had to reserve our spots months in advance, but it was worth it. You could see this beautiful view of the city from the ferry!
Seeing this was just AWESOME!
We climbed to the top – these were some narrow stairs! It was completely a spiral up and down!
NOW I finally understood why it looked like the Eiffel Tower in Paris – the inside structure is definitely that. I never got it before though.
WE MADE IT to the top! It was way different than I thought! Much smaller…
I had the joy like a little girl – I’m SO GLAD Debbie was able to come with me on this adventure! It was way more fun sharing it with someone.
To show you how narrow the staircase was…
Another item checked off the bucket list! SUCH a fun time with Debbie. We agreed we’ll meet up again once I’m back in the U.S. to do some more fun adventures together! Can’t wait! She’s an awesome friend and I’m so glad I met her!
Later that night, I went to the new Freedom Tower, to the 73rd floor. My friend’s sister had an invitation to go to someone’s office there, and enjoy take out while we watched the sunset. Just beautiful!
During the evening – breath taking!
A fabulous trip to NYC!