CAB takes annual NYC Broadway bus trip

Courtesy of Gettysburg College CAB Facebook

Courtesy of Gettysburg College CAB Facebook

By Jamie Welch, Staff Writer

The rain was pouring down on my walk to the Science Center on Oct. 3 at 5:30 a.m. to meet the bus that would take me and 70 other students to New York for the annual CAB NYC Bus Trip. After a very wet check-in process we boarded the warm, dry bus and set on our way to the Big Apple.

The ride to New York went very well, was amazingly traffic free, and we arrived just after 10:30am at Penn Station in New York. While waiting for our afternoon matinee on Broadway, I visited the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial, walked around Times Square, and got some NY style pizza from one of my favorite pizza shops. I had seen the 9/11 memorial before but every time I go back I am mesmerized by the cascade of water falling into the pool and then flowing into the seemingly bottomless pit in the center of the memorial. It truly is the perfect memorial to remember the tragedy that happened there and honor the lives of those lost forever on that tragic day.

After my lunch and tour of New York, it was time for the show that CAB bundled with the bus tickets, “The Phantom of The Opera”. Phantom is one of my favorite shows, so I was very excited to see the show. The show was performed at the Majestic Theater. The performance was incredible, and the orchestra and acting were top notch. The actress playing Christine Daaé really shone, with a fantastic performance and no trouble hitting any of the extremely high notes the part is required to sing.

After the show, I did some shopping and had dinner in town. Everyone made it safely back to the bus and enjoyed a smooth ride back to campus on our WiFi equipped bus. This annual CAB event is always fun because it is an awesome opportunity to get off campus and see the Big Apple for a fraction of what it would cost to take public transportation or even to drive on your own. Tickets typically go on sale early September in the bookstore and often sell out in the first 30 minutes of sales. It is an awesome experience that I would definitely recommend, and it’s one of the coolest CAB sponsored off-campus activities the college has.

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Author: Jamie Welch

Jamie Welch '18 served as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian from May 2016 to May 2018. Jamie also served as the webmaster and as a staff writer for the features and news sections. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Business. Follow him on Twitter @welchjamesk.

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