Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New York Day 3.

01: The Statue of Liberty 02: Battery Park Memorial for those who died in WW2 03: 9/11 site 04: Crazy guy with cat!

In the morning of day 3 we got the Staten Island ferry both ways to get a view of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, the weather was grey and a bit foggy so visibility wasn't great - hense the poor photo quality. The statue was a lot smaller than I had imagined, and it is currently under renovation so we couldn't actually go onto the island like they do in the movies (sob). 

Battery Park and the financial district were very grey and quite boring if I'm honest. It hit home how badly America was affected (sorry I'm not a history geek) in WW2 after reading name after name on the 8 giant grave stones. But other than that, it was wet, gloomy and cold which obviously dampened - lol pun - the mood and made things drag on a bit. 

The World Trade Centre was a bit of an anti-climax too. I was hoping to visit the new memorial, but unfortunately our teachers had not booked tickets in advance so we weren't able to. So all we saw was a building site with huge barriers around it. We did however visit a local church that had been dedicated to the workman who were part of the huge recovery mission during that fatal week. There were photos and letters all around the church that gave you a tiny insight into what it was like.The Church was beautiful and covered head to toe in thank you messages and proud posters; all togehter creating quite an emotional atmosphere.

There are a lot of crazy people in NYC and this guy in particular! He was able to walk around with his cat sitting quite comfortably on his head whilst he asked for money to 'buy food for his cat' with. Other beggars had signs like "Need money for weed" or "Beer or money?", I'm not even joking. 

More tomorrow!



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