While studying my semester abroad in Bowling Green, Ohio, I decided to go visit New York City during Spring Break. My only concern was that I did not have anyone to go with or any friend or relative in NYC ; but certainly this wasnt going to stop me from going over there. Luckily, one chinese girl from my Zumba fitness class said I could go with her and even stay at her friend’s house…yay! The day came and we arrived to Detroit in order to fly to La Guardia airport. Right before landing I was listening to Alicia Keys popular New York song, I was thrilled to start my trip!
First stop- Flushing, Queens : After taking the airport bus we got off in this Asian town called “Flushing” , everything was in chinese and people did not seem very polite. We stopped on the way home to buy something to eat but I did not have any idea what to order and when I asked my “friend” about the things on my tray she just said: “Its ok, its good”
Second Stop- A far away neighbourhood from Flushing: After eating raw fish we went to the house which was full of chinese girls staring at me and they did not seem too happy with my presence. After a while chatting and right before going to sleep, my “friend” came into the room and told me I could not spend more than one night in the house because the landlord did not let non chinese girls to stay in the house and she also mentioned she was going to be very busy doing some things during her stay so she was not going to have time to hang out with me. At that moment I felt my spring break plan was destroyed and moreover I realized that my Zumba Fitness class buddy was not trustworthy.
Third stop- From Flushing to Manhattan : After being kicked out, for the first time in my life I was by my own, and I did not have a laptop or a smartphone in handy at that moment to check Google maps, so it took me three hours to get to the hostel where I was going to remain for the rest of my stay. On the way to Manhattan I encountered all kinds of people, one of them asked me to trade my scarf for his umbrella , to pay the subway and to meet their fiancée.
Fourth stop- Manhattan! Finally I arrived soaking wet to Manhattan because my umbrella had flown away .That night when I was eating alone in a diner a young couple approached me, we talked and after listening to my kicked out by a chinese girl story they asked me if I wanted to go over to the Brooklyn bridge with them and I certainly agreed . I have to confess I thought something bad could happen because I was hanging out with strangers but nah! and I actually ended up spending several days with them.
Right after I came back home and while telling the story to one of my classmates , she mentioned I should join a webpage called “Couchsurfing” and I actually did but thats another story. In retrospect, I have realized bad things may happen so we can become strong or stronger; in my case “independent” and I am thanful for the bad moments… and no that chinese girl never showed up again to Zumba class.