Recently, our eighth grade class went on a trip to New York City. This trip is only for eighth graders because this is our last year together and it gives us the opportunity to bond and cherish our last time being all together. This trip was a very fun and memorable trip with and educational things to do. This was my first time going to New York City and I’m so glad I got to share my first experience with my class and not just my family. We had some rainy days, but we made the best out of it. This trip made our class bond more than before.
One of the things that I found most interesting was seeing the Blue Man Group. There are three men that are painted blue and they don’t speak a word. They put paint into the drums, and when they play them the paint splatters everywhere on the stage. When we went to go see them we were in the pancho seats (front row). When they were eating captain crunch most of it got on us and it was pretty funny. This is a very interactive show and it is extremely funny show to watch. I’ve seen it twice and this was my favorite out of both.
Kelly and Michael is another thing I found entertaining. This is a fun talk show with a man and women each day they would bring in two famous people. When we went it was Kelsey Grammer and Guillermo Díaz. I didn’t real know who they were, but it was so cool to get to see famous people and be on a live airing for TV. When they finished taping the director asked if everyone would say for about another forty-five minutes to tap a future airing. So, we stayed and they announced Kim Kardashian. I actually mean actually started crying. I didn’t even know that it would be her. The thing she talked about was her trip to Israel and that really connected to me since it is the Jewish homeland. I think that it was the perfect time for us to be able to go.
One of the days we were there we went to the Nine Eleven Memorial. This is one thing I found educational, but yet very interesting. We had three men guiding us around. Two of the three men were survivors for the twin towers collapsing and the third man was a child of a fireman who had passed away. They each had very meaningful stories. The one that connected to me the most was the man who talked about his father in trying to save people out of one of the towers. The reason that I thought it connected to me the most is because he was my age when it happened. One other man was rescuing a man with disabilities and with lucky was able to get out and the other man was trying to get out of the building with his co-workers. It was a miracle that they had survived because the floors above them kept collapsing on top of them and most of the stairwells were blocked.
The other thing I found educational was Ellis Island. Ellis Island is a place where people that were coming to America went to get checked out for any medical issues, family history, and other important stuff about them. On the outside of the building there were many walls and they had every persons name that came through to America. It was so amazing to be in the building that many people did just to get into America many years ago. We got to see the rooms they slept in, where they came in, and went out to get onto a boat to get to the main island.
Borough Park is one of the Jewish things that we did in New York. This is an area of town were a lot of Jewish people live and it has many Kosher restaurants. This area influenced me a lot because I saw many Jewish people being themselves and not caring what other people think about them. Being that I live in Jacksonville, Florida there are not that many Jewish people living here it is very hard to express my religion because I feel that I could be judge. When I was in Borough Park I felt safe and I could not be afraid of people judging me for my religion.
Bobbi’s place is a place where Jewish children can go if they don’t have enough money to buy clothes or shoes. The only way they could get free things is if they qualify for it. They have many types of of clothing for babies to teenagers. When we went to volunteer there we tagged many suites and placed them in order. I have always wondered how they tagged things and all you do is take a tagging gun. Then, put the size number on a the gun and put it through the tag on the suit. This was definitely hard, but yet very fun because all of us enjoyed it a lot. The way it connects to Judaism is because it is a mitzvah to help the people who work there since they are volunteers. We are also helping the Jewish community by giving them free clothing to the Jewish people in need.
New York City was definitely a trip to remember. I became closer with everyone and we had so many laughs together and I couldn’t imagine going on that trip with anyone else. On this trip all my classmates weren’t just classmates they became my family. My favorite part of the trip was going on live with Michael and Kelly. The reason I say that is because I don’t think I could ever get this experience again. I got to see Kim Kardashian and I wouldn’t have ever seen her before. The most meaningful part of the trip was going to the Nine Eleven memorial because that is one thing I’ve been wanting to see for a long time. I felt that I connected to one of the people who was one of our guides. I think that this trip should definitely be continued because it gives the eighth grade class a chance to just be together themselves and get closer. All the things that we did in New York City were so much fun and I am so glad I was able to be able to go on this trip.