So our last stop was in New York City. There is surely no city in teh world like this. You can walk 70 blocks and all you see on every street corner is a 40 story high sky scraper. The thing that impressed me the most is the drastic impression of how New Yorkers (N. Americans) have this insidious desire to overcome. Seeing the Brooklyn bridge (the greatest technilogical accomplishment of the 19th century), the Empire State Building (one of the tallest buildings in teh world which was built in 1931 and only took 15 months to erect) and then the WTC. All these things show this unbelievable spirit of ambition to overcome. You can look at it many ways but I was impressed.

Quickly, while we were there, we went to see a Broadway play, Chicago. We went inside the United Nations and toured the Security Council Chambers. Then we went up into the Empire State building and saw all of Manhatten Island, unbelievable large. But the best part of the time there, a way to cap it all off, was taking a sailboat out onto the water and sailing around the Statue of Liberty and seeing the sunset under the Skyline. Ironicially, we were still in our Middle East mode and talked them down from $50 to $30. I guess they were compassionate on us cause we were weary travelors.


I think the thing that I want to process the most from my time in NYC didnt happen until my subway ride to the airport the morning that I left. Let me put this into context. When we first arrived at the airport the day we came to NYC the directions had us take the E line subway which goes through north Brooklyn. On the subway car Brian and I noticed all the different people, all from different walks of life. It was fun and interesting to see all of these diverse people. When in Manhatten we still noticed the mass amount of differences, but it congregated more towards your upper class richer person. The city was clean, organized, polite and truly a pleasure. We often wondered though what the rest of teh city was like. What would we think if we spent the day in Harlem or say South Brooklyn and the shipping yards. Would we have a different perspective? I know that I will not go to NYC again without seeing a broader expereince outside of the richness of Manhatten. So the morning I left I went to the front desk and the African American guy working there told me the fastest way to the airport was not teh E line, but the A line. So I thought I would adventure out and go through South Brooklyn. Here is the shocker. Once we passed the last stop in Manhatten, everyone got off except me and 2 other African American. Then the train went under teh Hudsen and into Brooklyn. THe first stop there hundreds of people got on, all of them being African American. I rode this train for an hour an only saw one other white person. it was so interesting. The closer we got to the airport, I wondered, why is there no one on this train who is going to the airport. When we finally arrived only 2 of us got off at teh airport stop. Can you see the irony? Everyone who leaves on business or has enough money to travel takes the E line to the airport. Is that cause it is safer? I am not sure. I just couldnt help but wonder why no one goes through the rougher part of town to get to the airport. i mean, JFK is a huge airport and at 9 in the morning you got to believe there are tons of people flying out. Who knows why. I just thought it was so interesting how different it felt to be out of Manhatten. In many ways I cant beleive we didnt take teh time to go see the “other” parts. But there will be another time.