Two of the best things that you get when you study English as a second language in the United States are (a) how many interesting people you can meet – people from so many countries with different cultures and interests; and (b) how many amazing places you can see.   It has been almost six years since I finished  my studies at a language school, but I still keep in touch with the people I met there.  One of my best friends lives in Japan.  She is a very talented clothing designer (Hi Yohko, if you are reading this!).  Unfortunately, we don’t see each other very often, since we are both busy with schools, jobs, and – the major obstacle – are separated by thousands of miles.  However, every time we have an opportunity, we talk on Skype, KakaoTalk, WhatsApp, and other instant messengers.  Having said that, I think you understand how we get excited when she or I come to visit each other.  Yohko was in NYC last October.  She was here for only few days, but we still had so much fun!


First of all, we decided to visit Central Park.  This was one of the most wonderful trips I’ve ever had.  With the map and a Starbucks coffee in our hands, we started the exploration of one of the most beautiful places in New York City.  Of course, I’ve been in Central Park before; however, I never really tried to see its real beauty and learn its history.  And there is so much to see!   We started  walking at the duck pond, where Salinger’s character Holden tried to figure out where the ducks go during winter; we visited Belvedere Castle, built in 1869 and now a weather station; John Lennon’s memorial, Strawberry Fields, where I could finally find the name of my country; we saw The Obelisk that is known as the oldest monument in the park (it dates back to 1450 BCE!).  We gazed on beautiful sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Balto; and finally took a walk on the Bow Bridge, which I knew about, thanks to the famous movies.  Of course, there are many other famous and beautiful places in the Central Park, and one day is definitely not enough to see all of them.  However, even seeing at least some of them as my friend and I did will bring you so much pleasure.  And it is not only about having fun, it is much more; it’s like becoming a part of history, a part of something exciting.   My friend and I took a lot of pictures that day, but even all of them cannot show how beautiful Central Park really is.  You must see it with your own eyes!

PC TECH: English Language School in New York City