Alternative spring break in New York was learning experience

Sunday, April 13, 2008 | 10:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:18 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

One by one, we packed our bags and ourselves into an overcrowded commercial van. As the door slammed shut, we could barely contain ourselves. Shouts of “Spring Break ‘08!” and “New York, baby!” came from every direction. What had I gotten myself into? I was about to drive more than 1,000 miles to the Bronx in New York with 11 rowdy strangers.