As you may or may not know, I hail from Canada. When I heard BTS was coming to NYC I figured it was about time I cross the border. And boy was that truly a feels trip.
This isn’t your typical fan account I guess (for that reason) because not only was there things about the concert that influenced my experience but also about travelling to a foreign city/adjusting to new surroundings.
I left Canada on Tuesday around 7pm with excitement and high expectations of an amazing trip. As hours went by on the bus though, it drained the life out of me. Conditions weren’t ideal and the wifi was kinda terrible but I did manage to load the TRBinNYC FB page where someone had posted that BTS left Incheon airport…and then I realized that if they had left then (it was around 10pm EST) I would make it to the city before them…That being said, I didn’t want to go to the airport. I’ve done it before and it was a wonderful experience because the European fans in Berlin were so well behaved and respectful and I didn’t expect the same from North American fans. And I was right to assume so. Nonetheless, the friend I was travelling with was ADAMANT on going so I was like fine, let’s go. -.-
We arrived in NYC at around 7am Wednesday and after getting lost in the city and ditching our bags in a
sketchy luggage storage facility, we made our way to JFK airport. We waited about 2 hours at the airport because although their flight arrived on time they took awhile to come out. Even before the fansites noticed, I saw Kim Tae’s head pop out from behind the exit and I was like OMG. They are here. Stay calm @self. And then, the running. Everyone was waiting on the left side of the exit (expecting them to come out that way) but they chose to go through the right side (bc ofc we’d all be wrong LOL). Right when they were spotted the masses RAN to the other side knocking over innocent passerbys at the airport… it was a good indication of the kind of behavior the concert was to bring and thus disappointing in some respect. The boys stood near the information desk for a bit and the fans started climbing the railing along the aisle in anticipation. When the boys finally walked by there was so much rush and running it was almost terrifying. I tried my best to stay out of it and used my touristy selfie stick to record above the masses. It kind of worked.
They were in good spirits and seemed really happy to see the fans.
- Jin and Jimin waved in my direction!
But of course I didn’t capture that haha because I have terrible aim and only recorded their faces. I still consider that an accomplishment since last time I was so phased I only recorded Jimin’s chest.
- Taehyung waved at us too, only I couldn’t capture it because he was behind Jin ;A;
- It’s true that Yoongi was really tired looking
all of them were to be honest so I don’t blame him for not interacting with the fans. Pls get rest Yoongi why are you still composing while abroad.
- It’s not unusual that Jungkook was shy/quiet. (He was like that in Berlin too, probably drained from the long flight).
- Namjoon seemed a bit reserved (compared to when I saw him before) but he was conversing with Jimin/Tae so I didn’t see it as a problem.
I’m sorry to say but I didn’t notice Hoseok because I was too distracted OTL so I have nothing to tell you about him you can see from the video that he was waving wildly and excited to be welcomed by so many fans.
When they got into the car the fans were outside screeching and I could see Jimin from inside the tinted van laughing at us (or out of amusement at how popular they are abroad).
Dont be rOOd Jimjams we just really love you guys it makes us cray.
And then it was over. They drove away and we were left stunned, looking through our phones to prove that actually happened and confirming that indeed bangtan may look like angels but are real people. Even though I had seen them before
much more close up, from less than a meter away, it never gets any easier seeing them in the flesh. We left the airport and met a few other ARMYs on the AirTrain back to Manhattan. With plans to meet up at the concert and maybe even after, we exchanged numbers and smiles and that was the end of the first chapter regarding bangtan in NYC.
TRBinNYC JFK Airport (x, x, x, x, x)
BTSinBerlin Tegel Airport (x, x, x) SPECIAL (x)