I'm HOME FROM BEA, and boy, I have a lot to tell you guys. So I've divided my recap into six parts, and this first one will be focused on the journey TO New York City! :)
Well. BEA is over. I’ve been planning this since December, and it was over in 5 days. FIVE. DAYS. It wasn’t enough time, not nearly enough. Granted, I was SO OVER New York City. This is not my kind of place. It’s claustrophobic; there are too many people who are on missions and who won’t let anything get in their way. We got a hotel right near Times Square, and it was CRAZY, especially when we had to drag our luggage from the bus station to the hotel twice (the second time nearly killed us all because of Shannon’s ridiculous book haul). Anyway! I hate New York and its goddamn traffic. But do I regret going? Not at all!
I don’t even regret my bus ride, though I AM NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN. EVER! Me + buses are breaking up and never, ever getting back together (I’ll be you’re all singing T-Swift’s song now). But as much as I hated my 19 hour ride, I don’t regret doing it. It was uncomfortable and overwhelming and it pushed me to my limits, but I don’t regret trying it. This was the single most independent thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. It was scary and terrifying and I cried after leaving Detroit, once it started becoming real. I had never traveled by myself before, especially not to a city like New York. It was an experience, to say the least. But next year? I will do anything to not have to take a bus to Chicago. Even hitchhike my way there. Just kidding, that would be even scarier.
My bus ride was just A LOT of hours of travel, so when I FINALLY reached New York City, I was like a walking zombie. Val can attest to this. I was about dead on my feet, especially because I had only managed to nod off once or twice. All I could think about was SLEEPSLEEPSLEEP HOTEL BED SO TIRED. So, Val’s and my first meeting wasn’t exactly...the best, especially because I found it really hard to string together sentences and socialize. She did all of the talking for me, and luckily we were able to get into the hotel room without Shannon (THANK YOU HOTEL ST. JAMES PEOPLE). Then the two of us decided to go to Shake Shack because we’d heard it was something we HAD to try, and it was good food even though there was standing room only (did I mention how New York City is filled with people yet?) and I was about to fall asleep. After that, we decided to cut our losses and leave Shannon to get to the hotel by herself so I could have a nap (she was cool with it, I hope). Once I woke up and realized Shannon still wasn’t there yet, I figured we should go get her. We literally passed each other by on the street, because Val and I got halfway to the station before finding out Shannon was already at the hotel. (Aren’t we great at communication, guys?). Haha! After that whole mess, the three of us were FINALLY in the same room together.I thought it would be awkward and silent, but it wasn’t! The three of us kind of fell into a rhythm like we’d known each other for years (and, in reality, we haven’t even been talking for ONE year yet). We just hung out until it was time to go to the Teen Author Carnival, which was in this really cool library. And to get there, WE TOOK A SUBWAY. It was intimidating! And I might have decided, after the end, I wasn’t going to do it again. I don’t know how people take a subway every single day, because I had a hard time with two trips. Not to mention, all I could think about were the numerous videos I’ve watched of people who have fallen on the tracks. I was totally a tourist too, hanging on for dear life and stepping on someone’s foot because I wasn’t prepared for the takeoff. Oh well. I WILL NEVER SEE THESE PEOPLE AGAIN (also how I felt when being that annoying person who had to double and triple check with employees to make sure I was on the right buses). It was a pretty off beginning, but it got SO much better!
Tomorrow I'll be talking about the Teen Author Carnival, which was one of my favorite parts of the whole week! :)