The spring break is coming to an end. Why did it happen so fast? This week, for one reason or another, I have been quite busy. However, today I felt like I was on a holiday trip in New York. I love exploring new places in the city, but to be honest with you, I also enjoy visiting the major touristic attractions from time to time. Today I had a bit of both. I had a great lunch at a Spanish restaurant (I admit it, I'm homesick), and then I took the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
Let me tell you first about the restaurant. It's called Café Español, and it's located in Greenwich Village (172 Bleecker street). It's the first Spanish restaurant I go in the city, and I really like it. They have a great deal that includes salad or soup, a main course to chose from a big variety, a dessert, a drink to chose between sangria, wine, beer or soda, and homemade bread. All for $12 during the weekdays! Moreover, the restaurant is really cool too. They have something like a garden in the back, with a glass ceiling that was really cosy. It felt great to eat Spanish food... it has been more than 3 months since I didn't have any of it.
To be honest, I felt back home for a couple hours. Not only because of the food, but because of the feeling of sitting down with people and enjoying a long meal. In Spain we always try to have lunch and dinner with the family, we sit down and have an appetizer, a main course, a dessert... and once we're done with that, we still stay there to have a coffee or a tea and chat. The deal they have at this restaurant makes you enjoy the meal the same way we do back home. For the Spaniards in New York, I'm sure you'll enjoy it! And for those who are not from Spain, it's a nice cultural experience as well as a more than a decent slow food meal (as opposed to the popular fast food).
After the lunch, we decided to go downtown and take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. There are other options to visit the statue and actually be in the island where it is. However, this ferry makes a route that allows you to see it close enough, to have a fantastic view of the city's skyline and it's free of charge! The only bad thing is that the weather wasn't very nice. It's so annoying because last week it was warm and sunny, and now that Berkeley students are free, it's rainy and cold! But it was a nice thing to do. I had done the same four years ago, when I spent my summer studying English in the city. Today I had a flashback to that day. The weather, the people and even me were different this time. Who could have told me that day four years ago that today I would be doing the same once again. Moreover, I remembered the statue being much bigger and impressive than I thought it looked today.
I will try to enjoy the rest of my spring break as much as possible to have my batteries charged for the spring quarter, I hope everyone is doing the same!