Aunt Jessica woke me up for breakfast. We both sat down at the dining table and I was still wiping away all signs of sleep from my face.
“Take whatever you want. I didn’t know what you liked so I made a variety of everything. Croissants, eggs, bacon... I even made coffee if you want some,” she rambled nervously, as if I were to go into a rage and throw things at her face.
“It’s perfect,” I smiled. “Thank you.”
She took in a deep breath and appeared to calm down. I chose everything I wanted to eat and waited for her to join me.
“I thought I could show you around New York today. Go sightseeing,” she offered.
I did feel like sleeping the whole day but a part of me wanted to take some pictures to decorate my future room. I didn’t bring anything else that was personal with me.
Mom was going to ship everything I needed today but until then, I had nothing with me said anything about me.
“Sure,” I told her.
“Awesome! We could go in... two hours?”
“Okay,” I nodded and took a bite out of my bread.
“This is great. We’ll finally get to have our own girl’s trip. You have no idea how long I’ve wanted you to come and visit. I even have a notebook containing every single sight I’d show you when you finally do arrive in New York.”
“Wow, I had no idea how much you wanted this,” I told her, amazed at her enthusiasm.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” she smiled and sipped her coffee.
After breakfast, I took a quick shower and contemplated on what to wear for the day. New York had such a city vibe and it truly inspired me. Just being here lit something up inside me. My home was a village compared to this place. And I absolutely loved it. I loved the idea of people rushing down the streets, not caring who was walking beside them as they went on their way. I loved that there was no one I knew watching me, gossiping behind my back. I was just Astrid. Anyone I wanted to be.
So I picked out a simple outfit, black and white. One that I wouldn’t normally wear back home. Evergreen loved colors while I was still indecisive on that front.
After doing my makeup, I checked the time on my phone and made sure to ignore all the notifications popping up on my screen. All the missed calls, text messages, notifications I got from Instagram and other social networks.
Then I grabbed my bag and followed my aunt out the door.
“First, I want to take you to Times Square. You’re going to love it,” she spoke. “We could go shopping, grab a cup of coffee, then head to Central Park, maybe visit the Brooklyn Bridge... Our options are endless.”
I couldn’t stop myself from giggling. She reminded me of a small child that finally got their favorite toy. It was cute.
And so I let her take me around the city. And let me tell you, I took some amazing photos.
The last one was the view of the guest room in Jessica’s apartment.
As we went around the city, she kept insisting on taking pictures of me visiting each attraction. “I need something to remember this visit by,” she said and pushed me in front of the camera.
At the end of the day, when we returned to the apartment, I felt ready to tackle anything that ends up coming my way. I hadn’t felt that in a long time.
Even as my feet hurt and tiredness took over, I didn’t regret coming here.