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Monday, February 28, 2011

Over fall break, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to New York with Purdue’s Christian Campus House (PCCH). This trip was part of the Global Connect Ministry. The Global Connect Ministry provides foreign exchange students with the opportunity to see more of the Unites States and get better connected with Purdue students. It was privilege to be a part of the trip. We left early Saturday morning from PCCH and drove to Indianapolis to catch our flight. I was a little more excited/nervous than others because I had never flown in an airplane before. Getting through security wasn’t quite the nightmare I had expected it to be, maybe because it was so early. Regardless, I was glad for how smoothly everything was going. Take off was a little nerve wracking and two and a half hours later I was the farthest from home I’d ever been, which was also nerve wracking. During our time in New York, we stayed in a hostel which wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. It was a really nice place with very friendly people. Every second of everyday was jam packed full of things to do and see. We hit nearly all the big sites in the Big Apple. We went to Central Park, the Empire State Building, Staten Island to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Wall Street, 5th Avenue, China Town, Little Italy, Soho, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Colombia University. We saw Billy Elliott on Broadway, went to church at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, had deep dish pizza, and of course went shopping at all the amazing stores. We also went to Ground Zero which was probably the most memorable and moving experience. Despite all the things we got to do, spending time with people on the trip was definitely the best part. It was great to have really intentional conversations with people in the time we had. Learning about people’s lives and having them be equally interested in yours was really humbling. Leaving New York was really sad. One weekend didn’t quite seem like long enough to site see or get to know everyone when we headed for home. We were all exhausted when we left but all glad that we had been able to share such a great experience. I left New York City with a lot of memories and a lot more friends. It will forever be in my book as one of the best weekends of my life.

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