by Mitch Powers
Usually when you travel to a foreign country, you have some time to prepare yourself for the culture shock which you are about to endure, but if you are staying in the states, you shouldn’t find yourself too lost. Oh, how I was soooo wrong. New York was more of a culture shock than anywhere I have ever been, and I have been as far as the Middle East. So here are the five things I learned about New York that will hopefully make your trip there a little less stressful:
- Do. Not. Drive.–As a child, I went with my grandparents to a demolition derby where cars smash into each other until they have to be towed out of the arena. But even the derby showed more street smarts than the drivers in New York. Save your car; take a cab.
- Cabs are terrifying (in their own special way).–When you tell people that you’ll be traveling to New York, they are almost certain to tell you to beware of cab drivers ripping you off. The last thing you need is another thing to be paranoid about. There are over 40,000 cabs and town cars for hire in the city. Odds are you won’t be ripped off.
- Bring money–New York is one of the most expensive places in the States to live, and with good reason. It’s incredible. But if you are planning on budgeting for your trip, some of my meals were: $8.00 for a cappuccino and cannoli in Little Italy, $16.00 for an omelet, bacon, and coffee, and $20.00 for a sit down dinner in a Mexican restaurant.
- You’re always in someone’s way–One of the first things I learned from traveling in a big group is that you are always in someone’s way. Keep your head up. New Yorkers don’t enjoy being run into. Trust me: I figured that one out for myself.
- Enjoy yourself–This is one of the biggest, craziest cities you will ever go to. You’ll never find Jay-Z singing about Dayton. Yes, New York is crowded, yes it’s overwhelming, but it is amazing. I’m writing this article from the airport (because our flight got delayed) and it’s breaking my heart to leave after four short days. I honestly can’t think of a better way to end my high school career.