Adventure Time: New York City

Oh why hello there

 

So our class (c class) and e class, traveled to NYC so I am going write my experience there. We were in NYC for about four days. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Manhatten, 6th Ave/Chelsea, 125 W 26th street. The rooms were not really big, but we were only sleeping there so it was alright. Expect the part were you could not lock your toilet door, or it might be that we were to stupid find out how to lock it.

We got breakfast at the hotel that was good, for like two days then boring. You could get egg, bacon, sausage, potatoes, some fruits and some pastries. Everything tasted good and all, but I got sick of it after two days. Because of that I ended up not eating breakfast the two next days.

So the first day Monday the 25th of April we went to the UN, which was pretty cool. Especially the art work they had there and the different kind of objects they got form different countries. An other cool thing was a UN stamp you could get on your passport, which is exclusive.

After that, we went to the “American Museum of Natural History”. We saw a movie about the galaxy and how there is a lot more to discover out there. After that we went and looked at dinosaurs. That was cool and all, nothing really exiting. Just dead dinosaurs would have been much more exiting if they were alive to be honest

After that we got some free time from 15.30 to 21.00, so about five hours and thirty minutes to random things. We went and shopped as every other tourist does I did not buy a lot so It was kind of a bummer.

Next day Tuesday the 26th of April we went to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was pretty interesting to get to know all the details about what happened and how that affected the country. It was quit interesting.

We went to the Statue of Liberty after that, we did not go inside of the statue which is quite sad, but we went around it and enjoyed the view from the island.

We also went to Ellis Island, when we arrived there we watched a documentary straight away, that explained how people had it when they emigrated to the US, and all the hardships that they went trough, we did not watch the rest of the museum because it was like thirty minutes until it closed after we watched that documentary. Neither the less it was quite interesting.

We were supposed to walk the Brooklyn bridge, but since the weather was bad we did not walk over the bridge and we got free time form five to nine. Nine a clock was our curfew so it was until nine a clock everyday. And again we went shopping I actually bought some clothes this time and was pretty happy about it.

Wednesday the 27th we went to the Bronx Zoo and saw a bunch of animals. It was really crowded because of spring break so it was kind of stressful in a way, but the guide we had was really cool and explained a lot. We then headed to Central Park and were there for like thirty minutes. Some of us stayed I think, but I left. We had free time from that time.  I did not buy anything because I got a headache and decided to head back to the hotel.

Thursday the 28th the last day we decided to go on a Mafia-tour. The tour guide explained how big the mafia was and how much impact they had on US, which was really cool to know, because of the Mafia movies out there. After that we got free time. Me and a other student went trough Chinatown and Little Italy, because she wanted to got to a store.

Because of time limit I decided to head to Korea Town. As a person that listens to K-pop and likes food. I Spent like two hours there just roaming and buying random things. I bought four albums and some skin care products. I also bought lunch, some spicy ddeokbokki and some kimbap. After that I found my friends again and we decided to eat some Korean food.

We went to a Korean-bbq restaurant, but ended up buying bibimbap instead, because we decided to go for something random. Either way that was really good, at least in my opinion. Then we headed to the airport and went home.

The trip was fun and all, but I wish we had more time. Since we had to be three people together we really could not do what we wanted to. Which was a bummer for me, but I understand why we had to.

 

Ellis Island: Questions

Why did people leave Southern and Eastern Europe?

The immigration history i American can be viewed as four epochs: the colonial period, the mid-19th century, the start of the 20th century, and post-1965. The biggest immigration period was in the start of the 20th century. Most of them were from southern and eastern Europe, some from northern Europe, but not as many. The reason for the high influx of people, was because of poverty and unemployment in Europe. Some immigrated to America because of persecution for political reasons, being a minority group, being gay or other reasons

What were conditions like in steerage?

The word steerage means the lowest part of a ship deck, but it can also be used to describe the cheapest deck where people stayed. It was especially used in the immigration period in the early 20th century. People who had little money and wanted to travel to America usually ended up here. The conditions in the steerage was bad. A bunch of people were flocked up together in a place with almost no space. When you could afford to travel in the steerage you would also get pretty bad and litte food.

Why did the steamship companies crowd so many people into steerage?

The reasoning for people being flocked up in a little space is because money. The steamship owners only cared about money and did not care about the people. So they proceeded to fill the steerage almost to the point where there was no air left. They were basically treated like animals.

Why was Ellis Island so frightening?

Ellis Island was frightening to a lot of people because you would not know, if you would make it to the land of dreams or that you would be sent back to you’re country. You also had the feeling of “Yet so close, yet so far” you were so close to realizing you’re dreams, but the Island stopped you. Poor people the traveled to America usually sold everything they owned to be able to travel and if you were to be sent back, you would literally have nothing left.

Why did people have to have money?

People needed to have money to be able to get on the steamboat, but America did not want people that had no money or could contribute to the society there, so money was an important thing for traveling to the country. It was also an important thing thing to the people that went there, the whole reason for them to travel a cross the Atlantic Ocean was to get more money.