Train to go anywhere? Check.
Statue of Liberty? Check.
First time back underground to travel, is there a crazy person, dressed in red, yelling at everyone on the other platform, "GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM!!! DIS HERE IS 'MERICA! YOU PEOPLE ALL CAUSED PROBLEMS!!! (here, she throws an empty coffee cup)I GOT MY WAR PAINT ON YOU COCKSUCKERS!! (please note, she's not Native American) I'M IN RED, 'CAUSE I GOT MY WAR PAINT ON MUTHERFUCKERS!! FUCK ALL OF YOU!" Check
Everyone on my platform carry on with their own business? Check
First announcement I hear "The R train is running slower than usual (we've been waiting 20 minutes). The W train, however, is on time. (The W train has been sitting there for 14 of those 20 minutes.. it moves forward, then back into place). Check.
First stop Chinatown, where I am asked in quick progression, "Do you want to buy watch/purse/movie? Check
The scent and taste of Chinatown? Check
Buy what I need from the dollar store on Mulberry? Check
Lunch with C from a falafel cart on the street? Check
Eight million people, walking as fast as they can, cell phones to their ears, giving me things to listen to, people to watch, stories to tell? Check
Yeah, I'm back.