James visited NYC for the first time last week and as we expected it made quite an impression. We planned the trip as first time tourists and did all the quintessential NYC experiences, like staying in Times Square, visiting the Empire State Building, and riding the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We asked him to write about his impressions of the trip and here is what he said:
NEW YORK IS AN INTERESTING PLACE. SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE UNIQUE. EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE ARE CROWDS, BILLBOARDS, AND ELECTRIC (signs). I NOW FEEL I LEARNED WHAT IT MUST HAVE FELT LIKE TO IMMIGRATE TO ELLIS ISLAND. OUR SOCIETY IS MORE ADVANCED NOW, BUT THEY MUST HAVE BEEN AS OVERWHELMED AS I WAS.
ONE DIFFERENCE IS COMMUNICATION. I UNDERSTAND ENGLISH, YET I NEED AN INTERPRETER TO TALK. THE IMMIGRANTS COULD TALK BUT NOT THE SAME LANGUAGE. I AM SAD AND SORRY FOR THEM. DID THEY SUFFER? I HAVE MY FAMILY, BUT MANY CAME ALONE. I CANNOT TRULY UNDERSTAND THE CONDITIONS THAT FORCED PEOPLE TO IMMIGRATE.
DESPITE BEING OVERWHELMED I ENJOYED THE TRIP. ELLIS ISLAND WAS MY FAVORITE BECAUSE OF THE HISTORY. I ALSO ENJOYED ROCKEFELLER CENTER DUE TO THE PEOPLE. I FELT NORMAL BEING IN A CROWD OF PEOPLE SO UNIQUE.