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  • Christine Almstrom

It really is a Big Apple!

Everything you've ever heard about New York City? It's all true. The sights and smells are almost overwhelming. (Think 5-year-old-high-on-Halloween-candy-at-Disney-World overwhelming!) It's almost too much to take in at once.

From the dizzying array of street vendors peddling palatal pieces of paradise to buildings that make you understand why King Kong felt the urge to get a better view. It's an artistic overdose of visual stimuli. Of course I just had to do the typical tourist thing and hit the most famous of landmarks (Empire State building, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick's Cathedral...I could almost hear the angels singing) as well as grab a steaming-hot pretzel in Times Square before heading over the stare at the Good Morning America studio (should I practice my interview questions yet?). I even got a chance to visit the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) to see my favorite surrealist painting, The Persistence of Memory, by Salvador Dalí as well as work by Jackson Pollack and Monet. The "Waterlilies" is stunning in person.

Anyway, the Big Apple really IS all it's cracked up to be..."the city that never sleeps." There is a definitive pulse that runs through the city, feeding the energy and the inspiration. I may never sleep again.

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