Happy 4th of July! Last year I was hiking Peru’s Inca Trail on a quest to see Macchu Picchu and this year I went to a rooftop party to watch fireworks light up the Manhattan skyline. Standing between my Mexican-American friend, Robyn, and two Japanese guys here to learn English, I exploded into giggles before joining their chant, “USA! USA! I. LOVE. THE. USA!” Why is it that we often have to leave something behind before we are able to truly appreciate it?
Of course no Fourth of July party I’ve ever been to has gone down without a hitch, and this one was no exception: Two party-goers got stuck in the elevator and these men in uniform came to the rescue. God bless America—and New York City firefighters!