These days visiting a foreign country has become quite common and easy, and I, too, have had the opportunity to do so. I travelled to New York, the city of sky scrapers- Come, let me share my impressions of New York with you.
Lucky are those who read a lot and those who travel a lot. The rich experience, which they gain, not only makes them discover new ways of life but also makes them wiser. My Father, who is in the Foreign Service, is widely travelled and thanks to him I, too, have had the opportunity of visiting many countries.
When I was in Class VI, my father got transferred to New York thus our whole family shifted to New York. Our passports and visas were ready hence we left within a week’s time. I was very excited because it was my first visit abroad. We boarded the plane from Delhi airport and reached New York after 18 hours of flight.
I had heard that New York is a city of skyscrapers. Our own house in Delhi was single storied but in New York while going towards our apartment I saw dozens of buildings with more than 50 storey’s. My father told us that our apartment was also in one of the skyscrapers and a lift, within seconds, would take us to the 40th floor.
The streets of New York were very busy and I was told that they are called avenues. The greater part of New York was on an Island and there were seven avenues running from one end to the other.
Crossing these avenues were streets which were all numbered. All people in New York speak English but other languages are also spoken. New York is a place where people from all countries have made their home. Most of the black Americans live in a district called Harlem.
I found that people in America are very conscious of saving time. All people in New York are so busy that they always seem to be on the move. All the houses and apartments are so well maintained that they appear to be as good as new.
ou can hardly see any building which is in a dilapidated state. The garbage removal system is also so regular and well planned that the sight of overflowing dustbins is a rarity. Nor can we see cows roaming on the streets, as a matter of fact there are ranches at the outskirts of the city. You can see lush green fields with proper fencing and good healthy cows enjoying their meal, there.
It is very exciting to take a tour of New York on a double decker bus. The roof of the bus has seats for tourists to sit and enjoy the New York City. The bus moves from one avenue to the other and takes you on a sight seeing tour of the city.
One can get down at any stop and can board any other tourist bus for visiting another place. It is very comfortable as you have to buy a ticket only once and it can be used through out the day. You don’t have to travel in the same bus.
The buses do not have conductors and for the old and handicapped, people they have been made barrier free. When the driver sees a handicapped person, he stops the bus and gets down helping him/her get into the bus. The buses are so designed that the handicapped person in his wheel chair can also enter the bus with ease. I found it so unlike India where no such provisions are in place.
New York is a very interesting place and here one must visit the statue of Liberty which stands tall inside the ocean. It looks so majestic and awesome that one is forced to think about the sculptor who made this. It is indeed an amazing sight and it gives New York an identity of its own.
I also happened to visit the Malls and was surprised to see that they were cities in themselves. One can spend hours and hours together discovering them.
Needless to say, that the Mall culture also becoming popular in India but we still have a long way to go when we compare them with the Malls abroad. One could exchange or return anything purchased from the Mall without the sales girls making any fuss about it.
My mother exchanged a dress which she had purchased a month back even though she had lost the cash memo for the same. Had it been in India, it would definitely not have been possible?for visiting another place. It is very comfortable as you have to buy a ticket! only once and it can be used through out the day. You don’t have to travel in the same bus.