As I said in my previous post, I had the chance to attend the Cadillac Escalade Global Premiere in New York, New York. So I was taken on a whirlwind trip to NYC…solo. It was only fitting that my first solo trip to the Big Apple (or anywhere for that matter) was for something I am incredibly passionate about: writing.
The days leading up to the trip, you can only imagine my fears and doubts rising up against me. But like all new things, New York City seemed incredibly daunting. As the days got closer and closer, I came back down to earth and realized that I earned this trip, this experience, and it was mine to really take charge of. With that attitude, I left bright and early for a 6:30AM flight straight to the Big Apple.
From the airport to the Trump SoHo New York and throughout the entire trip, it felt so surreal. Getting picked up from the airport with a sign that had your name on it to eating breakfast (two days in a row) on the 46th floor of the Trump SoHo overlooking a gorgeous view of New York, it was incredible. After an amazing start to my first trip in the Big Apple, I had the chance to walk around before prepping for the Cadillac Escalade event.
To be honest, I did feel a bit intimidated. I mean, going out there on my own, walking through the streets of New York. But like all great things, your initial reaction is fear. Once you’re over that fear, it’s as if you’re riding on some sort of natural high. While I didn’t get to see all things a typical New York tourist would see, it was great just taking some time to walk around and appreciate the experience.
Even heading over to the Cadillac Escalade event felt incredible. Getting picked up in an Escalade and chatting with people in your industry is an exhilarating feeling. The event was held at the historic Altman Building, where they provided us with food and drinks, and a surprise special performance. Seeing all different media professionals in the same place was quite motivating if I do say so myself. Yet, as the media mingled amongst themselves, everyone and everything came to a halt when none other but Mr. Donald Trump showed up. Sitting front row center, he was surrounded by camera flashes going off in all directions. I myself was taking pictures as well.
Some time after the 2015 Escalade’s reveal while everyone was networking, they gathered the crowd for a surprise performance by Far East Movement. They sang their top hits and with respect to New York (and hip hop) they did a Beastie Boys tribute, which got the entire building moving.
While I only got the chance to spend a night in New York, the next day was filled with walking around and enjoying what I could in those few hours I had left. It was such a whirlwind two days that the entire time I was in awe. Of course, I did snap as many pictures as I could! Even though my first solo travel was an hour plane ride away, and was only for a couple of days, it has really changed my perspective on a lot of things. I can’t wait for my next adventure!