Our Day of Learning
Written By Emily Davidson
Today was another cool day in the Big Apple. After meeting up in the morning and getting a review of our plan, we walked to the subway station. Our adventure started early today. We got on the train but soon found out we had to be in one of the front cars. At each stop, we had to get out of one car and run to the next on the subway train. We finally decided that wasn’t working well, and we just got off to wait for the next train. It was quite a crazy start to our journey.
Our plan for the day was all about learning. Pastor Lisa told us to serve as we went so several of our group members helped others by sharing a care package or giving out some extra tickets we had. Our plan for the day, though, was focused on learning about the immigrants’ experience in the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We started with a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. We rode a ferry to the place Lady Liberty stood proud and tall. We had a few minutes to take photos and walk around the base of the statue. After that, we went back on the ferry and rode to Ellis Island. There, we learned about what the immigrants went through once they arrived here. Finally, we went to a tenement museum and learned about life for immigrants who lived in tenement housing and worked in sweatshops. It was a very interesting museum.
We got a little break after all that learning and went to Little Italy to have dinner together. It was delicious and fun. Some of the girls even got up to dance with the accordion player in the restaurant.
Our last stop was the 9/11 Memorial. It is a beautiful place to remember those who died on that day.
Wow, what a day! It was 7 miles of walking and I am tired, but I can’t wait for tomorrow!