Just like in the movies

Who could ever have thought movies are a great source of information? One could possibly learn so much such as names of streets, songs and lifestyle (although most portray lots of fiction). As Dadi and I left for the U.S debate tour, my first stop in the U.S was New York, the city that is well known as the concrete jungle that includes lots of sky scrapers and remarkable architecture that one could only fathom in their dreams.

After long hours of inhaling chilly air from thousands of feet above sea level, an embrace of warm natural air brought me back to the simple but graceful touch of life as I landed at the JFK (John Kennedy international airport).Excitement filled my nerves despite the fatigue and only then did a friend warmly welcome us to the busy life of Manhattan. A city flooded with thousands of storied houses that serve as apartments and off course those would serve as administrative buildings elsewhere (at least in my country they would). A swam of people storm the subways every now and then. A ride with the train did us a lot of justice in saving our weary feet from all the walking around the streets.

One of the great places I highly recommend to visit is the world trade center memorial.  A memorial site that keeps the memories of the horrific 9/11 attack alive. This was indeed a very trying time in American history where thousands of lives were lost. It was only then that I could connect to the various acts of injustice committed during the Rwandan Genocide. The stories told by the survivors, rescue team and witnesses had a great impact to the both of us.

A walk to the Brooklyn Bridge was an awesome experience despite the cold breeze that seemed to almost blow us away. This glorious and superb work of architecture amazed us. It is more than 100 years old and is still stands out as an astounding work of great minds that teach many to dare dream bigger. The city lights illuminate the waters of New York despite the late hours. I had never seen that much lights that even the dark sky could not be lit anymore. It decided not to display any stars since man had such an array of millions of stars shining from office and apartment windows. At the bridge, selfies came in handy that we both decide to send them to the rest of the team that wasn’t in New York (just to get them jealous).

Designer shops (sigh**) Aldo, H&M, Macy’s and lots of beauty shops only to mention but a few although I wanted to purchase everything (provided the Dimes). I could barely believe my eyes with all the street signs of Broadway, Wall Street and the Times Square were exactly just like in the movies. Off course this does not mean everything in them is true but the bit of using the names of these streets somewhat enabled us to learn all these locations without having to learn about them in class or any other serious information center both a fun and learning experience). It is really a great opportunity to experience all these new places that we are yet to see as this is part of a learning platform.

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