This past Spring Break I actually wanted to go to the Netherlands and see my friends but I couldn’t afford it. So instead, my friends brought the Netherlands to me! Fabienne, one of my best friends, visited me during Spring Break together with Marielle. Marielle’s sister Rianne has been working in New York for the past two months so it was nice for Marielle to see her sister too.
They were only here during my Spring Break so we had only a week to spend together. We decided to spend the first four days (Monday-Thursday) in New York. They both hadn’t been in NYC before so we basically did “tourist-stuff” in these couple days.
And here is the Ultimate Tourist Picture 🙂
Night out in NYC (Times Square)
A day in Metropolitan Museum of Art. This picture was taken at the end of the day and we had difficulty standing BUT it was worth it! This museum is so interesting!
Selfie with the Statue of Liberty!
This was one of the coldest days I experienced in my life! We only had two days left in New York and I had to take Fabienne and Marielle to Central Park so we literally froze our butt off and turned purple from the cold but hey at least they got to see Central Parks!
Fabienne is obsessed with taxis and was dying for a picture on top of a taxi. We asked like 10 taxi drivers if she could sit on his car for a picture. Well, I know I have crazy friends and I know we get weird looks a lot, but these looks the taxi drivers gave us were different.. First they needed 10 seconds to comprehend what she just asked them followed by a laugh and a “Are you kidding me” -look. So of course none of them allowed her to take a picture with their taxi but she was stubborn and found a taxi in one of the stores we walked in. She forced me to take this picture with her so we could get embarrassed together.. and get yelled at together 🙂 We got yelled at actually. Pretty embarrassing. But who cares?! I’m never gonna see those people again anyways. At least, I hope so.
This picture was taken when the weather was much better! We decided to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan. As you guys can see, we had a beautiful view of the city!
And last but not least we visited the 9/11 Memorial. This was my favorite. Our tour guide’s husband was suffering from cancer because of the chemicals he inhaled while saving lives as a firefighter on 9/11. “We were lucky. He came home. But now he can leave any moment” she said and made us all cry. It was very emotional to walk through this memorial and listen to people’s stories. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
From Monday till Friday we stayed in New York and decided to go to Atlantic city on Friday night. We quickly booked a hotel in Atlantic city for the night and hopped on our car and drove all the way to Atlantic city. When we arrived at the hotel in Atlantic City, without losing any time, we got dressed and went downtown. We walked around, saw the different casinos, and of course gambled! I won 29$, Marielle and Rianne won 71$, and Fabienne made our night by hitting the jackpot and winning 0.10$ :))
At Ceaser’s Casino in Atlantic City. Marielle was grumpy because she was hungry and we were only taking longer to get to the restaurant 🙂 I mean you are not in Atlantic City every week 🙂
And we finally got to the restaurant.. Marielle is smiling again :))
Fabienne saved the night 🙂 #milionaire
After spending a (long) night in Atlantic city and having a complete blast we headed to Washington DC the next morning. That saturday the weather was amazing and we walked through the city all day. By the way, when I asked my friends what they liked about America the best they said: “You don’t have to wait to wear you summer-winter clothes till the seasons change. You can actually wear a hoodie on Monday and wear a dress the next day.” I guess this is very true. The temperature changes are crazy sometimes.
The Dutchies and the White House!
While we were sitting here some guy passed by and offered us to take a picture. He took a picture of us and asked us where we were from. The second we said “The Netherlands” his eyes got bigger and he shouted out “Goede middag dames” which means “Good afternoon ladies”.. it turned out he was Dutch too. What a sweet coincidence!
Resting and enjoying the sun! We could get enough of this beautiful weather and of Washington DC of course!
Like some of you guys know, I was born in the Netherlands but I’m from Turkish decent. The red-white flag in this picture is the Turkish flag and the red-black-white flag is the flag of Amsterdam. I saw these two flags next to each other while walking through the international street of Washington street and I couldn’t pass it without taking a quick photo.
After having dinner at one of these international cafes, me and Fabienne headed to Philadelphia and Marielle and Rianne stayed in Washington DC. On sunday I showed Fabienne Philadelphia around. It was the day of the St. Patrick Day parade so it was perfect!
Fabienne and me at the Love Park in Philadelphia. Do you see the parade behind us??
Beautiful Philadelphia and my beautiful car of course :))
Annnd it was time. This is why I want to have a time machine sometimes. After spending a week together it was time to say Goodbye. Fabienne had to take the bus back to New York. Her flight was the next day. I made myself a promise: I was NOT gonna cry! And I didn’t… till the bus left… with Fabienne.