It was the year 2006; it was December 31st, 2006 to be exact. My family and I were sitting around the television watching “Dick Clark's Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” We were talking about random things until I blurted out, “Man I really want to stand out in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.” All of a sudden my grandma replied, “You know what me too.”
Those fateful few moments are what lead us on a whirlwind adventure together. After a lot of planning and the help of a travel agent we decided to take on the Big Apple for the brand new year of 2008. We spent a whole weekend together talking about what we wanted to see while we were there. We decided to see a Broadway play, watch the Rockettes, take a tourist bus ride, see the Statue of Liberty, and shop. As well as of course watching the ball drop in Times Square. We had a game plan, so the last thing to do was wait for our departure.
That day came and we were both really excited. We got dropped off at Gerald R. Ford International Airport and waited
patiently for our plane.external image zw3HqxLCnnZAqlWuiFY80uWIt2-Z8rkX0M8RapWpMTBtfrD5IpQJK9VUsUJ496h15IL8aq_gx1kCs0iDj5syonnsVhF-XRX6DfeomzcVXfbdLhovI_IWe boarded the plane and we were off, my grandma immediately started telling stories. She told the story of the last time she was on her way to New York City when my mom was a teenager. They were on the plane and the captain told them to brace for landing because they were afraid the landing gear might not come out. She said that as they were landing there were fire trucks and ambulances awaiting their arrival, thankfully that did not happen. Once we had landed in New York City our faces were filled with excitement, like kids on Christmas. Our first stop was to find Macy’s because the store windows were still decorated for Christmas, and you know what they say about the store windows at Macy's. We started our adventure by finding our hotel, we felt like royalty. It was near Fifth Avenue and right in the hustle and bustle of it all.
We got to experience many things together on those cold wintry days in the Big Apple. Including the night we came to NYC for all along, New Years Eve. People from all over the world together for one night in Times Square. We left around 1 o’clock in the afternoon for the big party. When we arrived we were put in pens like cattle where we would await the ball drop for the next eleven hours. No bathroom breaks, no food, and barley any moving. We got to hear the bands warm up not once, not twice, but three times. Finally, when ABC went live they prepared us with these lines; “everybody scream!!!” I have to say it was by far the best and craziest New Years Eve I have ever had. I even had my face on one of the billboards in Times Square.

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It was one of the most fun trips I have ever been on. Probably the most priceless part of the trip was getting to know my amazing Grandma more than I though I ever would.