I have been so busy traveling around Shanghai that I felt inspired to continue my travels and wanted to take the opportunity to learn more about my own country. So back to the U.S.A. I went! I hopped off the plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, where Rachel, one of Techworld’s Project Managers, was waiting to meet me. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at one of New York’s famous sandwich shops, Othello’s Deli. It was delicious! With a full stomach and eager mind, we were ready to take on the streets of NY and start seeing the sites!
National September 11 Memorial
At our first stop, Rachel and I learned that this Memorial was built in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Two pools of water with cascading fountains cover the square footage of the two towers that were hit by planes. In the center of each pool, there is another fountain where water continuously falls deep down below the city. The fountain in the middle represents that our loss never ends. Surrounding the memorial are the names of all those who were lost that day.
Statue of Liberty
No trip to New York is complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty! You can take a tour of “Lady Liberty” or you can ride the ferry to Staten Island, where you can still get a great view of the statue.
We chose to ride the ferry, where we learned that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States in 1886. The 151 feet (46 meters) statue is made of copper; with the pedestal, its total height is 305 feet (93 meters)! The Statue of Liberty took eight years to build, and the pedestal it sits on took an additional two years. It wasn’t always green – originally the copper was a dull brown color, but over time, it slowly turned the green color it is today.
The Statue of Liberty was transported to New York in individual pieces. Many members of the construction crew who assembled the statue were immigrants, so you can imagine the pride they felt when constructing this beautiful statue which would become a symbol of freedom and democracy for all.
New York City truly is the city that never sleeps! The people and atmosphere are so welcoming and the amount of history is amazing. I highly recommend going, and if you do, plan on staying for a few days to take it all in.
While in Times Square, I met a couple who were traveling from Brazil. They were telling me all about the amazing places to visit in Brazil like Rio de Janeiro. They said Brazil has the most beautiful national parks. Did you know that they have over 64? Check back next month to hear more about my trip to Brazil!
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