The third day was reserved for college visits (yikes!) We toured Columbia University and Barnard College, both of which I really liked. It was a little nerve-wracking, though, to begin the whole college process. It's always something I'd thought about, but it seemed so far in the future, and it feels crazy to think that in just two years I'll be getting ready to begin my life away from home. I feel ready in some senses and woefully unprepared in others. Luckily, I've still got a bit of time to figure everything out.
Once we'd had our fill of sunshine, we did a bit of shopping, and then walked over to Serendipity for some frozen treats. I had a fudge brownie sundae that was absolutely massive, and massively delicious. I thought my dad, brother, and I had made a deal to split it, but then they each got their own desserts, so I was sort of left to tackle the thing on my own. It was worth it, though, it was so good.
On the morning of our last day, I met up with my friend, Jen, who lives in a suburb of the city, for breakfast. I met her on a summer program at Cambridge University in England last year, and it was so great to catch up after not seeing each other for eight months. Once we finished breakfast, we wandered around the city for about an hour, which was lovely. We walked to Central Park, but neither of us trusted our navigational abilities in such a large area, so we didn't go inside. We then set out to find her favorite bookstore, got slightly lost, finally located it, and discovered that it was closed for renovations. Just our luck. I didn't mind much, though, it was perfectly alright just to walk and talk in such a beautiful city with such a beautiful friend.
Well, that's it for this trip. I'll try to take lots of pictures in Colombia, so hopefully those will make an appearance on this here blog sometime in the near future. I hope you'll all have a great (or at least tolerable) week ahead.