It is my last Friday at ACP this summer, but it is not my last day of work! I think AAPT was relieved to know they could still get some work out of me until Tuesday.
Picking up from the weekend, Kunal, Logan, and I took the metro to Chinatown at 2:30am Saturday morning. We had a late night planning session for our day trip to NYC which did not leave much time for sleeping. Had we left 10 minutes later, we would have missed our bus which left 20 minutes earlier than it should have. New Century Travel has an interesting travel policy because there isn't one!
The three of us arrived in NYC at 7:30am and went to the nearest subway station. We bought day passes and successfully navigated our way to Tom's Restaurant, or better known as the diner from Seinfeld. The next 12 hours of the day that I'm going to try and recap is definitely the most sightseeing that I have done all summer. Next on the agenda was Central Park, and specifically Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon Memorial. MoMA, the Museum of Modern Arts opened at 10:30am and we arrived shortly after. Following Linda's advice we got there early and started from the top. We were out of there in 2 hours and continued on with our itinerary. Kunal went to meet some family friends while Logan and I trekked down 5th Avenue to Trump Towers, Tiffany's and Co., and then stopping in at FAO Schwartz. We just missed eating at Hello Deli, seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, but Angelo's Pizza which is right next to Ed Sullivan Theatre was delicious. We even ran into a fellow Texan there! Back to the streets, we strolled in and out of Times Square ending up at Rockefeller Center. The Top of the Rock view was amazing! After the tour, we passed by Ground Zero and then walked to Battery Park to see Lady Liberty and the waterfalls. After a Chinatown meal, we got on our bus and headed home. We spent exactly 24 hours outside of DC!
The White House picnic was on Sunday afternoon and Gary prepared a traditional Cajun Etouffee! My friend Colette was able to join us for the evening and I think the food brought back memories of what we are missing back home. Watching everyone rock out on Rock Band was entertaining, too!
On Wednesday, the interns delivered their final presentations. Everyone did a great job and it was nice to have some returning interns there to share their experiences with the program. My job this summer was open-ended to I am very thankful to Kendra for getting me started on helping with COPUS! Currently, I am trying to wrap up everything that I have started and I am still doing web updates for AAPT.
Now, I would like to thank everyone in AAPT for welcoming me as a part of the team this summer and I appreciate the care package that was put together for me! I'm all set for school with some pens, pencils, a calculator, t-shirt, an AAPT bag, a Levitron toy to keep me occupied and more! Thank you for a great summer on the 5th floor!