Upon our arrival back in Michigan, students and chaperones were asked for their feedback on our trip. Not only were they asked about their favorite parts, but also about advice for future travelers. Here is what some of them had to say:
Mrs. Gronau (chaperone)
Kelsey (10th grade)
Mrs. McCafferty (chaperone)
Rayne (12th grade)
Azabeth (10th grade)
Whisper (12th grade)
Ben (12th grade)
Our last day in New York City! Today we woke up, packed our luggage, and headed out the door to finish our last day in NYC. First, we went to Times Square where we all got to go shopping for a couple hours. We shopped at places such as: the Disney store, Broadway souvenir and memorabilia stores, the M&M store, and many more! After we all got some of our last souvenirs from New York we went to the High Line Park which is a public park built on an historic freight rail line. From the High Line you could see a trapeze school and the place where the Titanic was supposed to dock when it came to New York. After that, we were off to lunch, which was our final destination of our sight-seeing in New York: Chelsea Market. At Chelsea Market many Food Network programs are filmed. We went to many shops there for lunch and then we were back to the hotel to leave New York.
It was a tiring week but was all worth it! We got to see two Broadway musicals and eat food we've never had before. We also saw the Statue of Liberty and so much more! We are all very grateful to have gone on this trip. We are glad to go home, yet we wish this extraordinary experience would never end. It is a bitter sweet moment after all!
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This morning we began a fun filled day by participating in a super fun Broadway workshop.
“We left someone behind, but the good shepherd, Dawley, went back for the lamb.” -Ben
At the workshop we learned the music for the opening song of the second act of Anastasia, and then learned the choreography to the same song. It was an incredible experience and we all were given great advice from the working Broadway actors.
After that, we were pretty hungry after all of that dancing and singing, and headed over to Rockefeller Center for lunch. Lunch was super good and from there we either went to the LEGO store, Nintendo store, or some of us went to Starbucks (aka heaven). These 3 places are symbolic of the 3 stages of life. The LEGO store symbolizes childhood and creativity. The Nintendo store symbolizes adolescence and its need for entertainment and some control over the fantasy and world around you. And lastly, Starbucks. Ahhhh Starbucks. This is symbolic of adulthood and slowing down and needing a little pick me up for getting through your daily life. Next, we took an amazing tour of Radio City Music Hall. There we had a very lively tour guide and got to be on the same stage as Beyoncé herself. We also got to meet a very foxy Rockette.
After that we were very hungry once again #teenagers #puberty #growingup and we ate at John's Pizzeria with Good Shepard Pudding Pops’ former pupils and associates. Right after we went to Anastasia the Musical, which was absolutely phenomenal!! It was an unbelievably talented cast!! And to wrap up the night, it was back to the hotel, where we bid our farewells to the good man Delmar, The Great Protector. And then Dawley asked us to write this very blog that you feast your eyes upon. So here we are, at 12:05AM on a Friday about to get a rest that is only good enough for royalty. And that wraps up our Thursday here in NYC. And thus concludes our last whole day in the sizeable red Malus Pumila prior to our departure for colder realms.
Colby, Ben, & Logan
Today was packed. It was busy & tiring, but thoroughly enjoyed. We've noted some of the many things that really made our day.
First, Central Park. And Rachel wants to note, the friendly squirrels that inhabit it. We took turns being eachother's photographers and explored. It was beautiful, and crazy to think that the park in all the movies was actually something we were experiencing. Another thing to mention is Grand Central Station. Absolutely wild. We ate at the Shakeshack inside of it, and we weren't sure if it was just the hunger talking, but the burgers and cheese fries were off the hook. We also ate at the Stardust Diner, and that gave us joy, to put it simply. We felt happy, and the performances we saw were great. The host and I shared a couple jabs, and it was hilarious. Fun times. And the subway! Emmajean saw a rat on the subway, and says, "It was amazing. Truly life-changing. A mon-stro-sour-ous rat with exponential properties!" Yeah, I'm not sure what she means, either.
And the highlight of today; seeing "Come From Away," on Broadway. Brooke wants to add that, "It was amazing. A beautiful, beautiful production." It was definitely a tear-jerker for a lot of us. The story was emotional, but the jokes in it were definitely delivered in good taste. Afterward we waited outside and got a good portion of the 12 person cast to sign our Playbills, which was awesome. A great souvenir, for a great day.
Over and out from your NYC pals,
Jade, Rachel, Brooke, & Emmajean
This morning we woke up at 3:30am, got ready, ate breakfast, and hopped in the car to make it to the school by 4:30am to board the bus. The bus ride to the airport felt extremely long. It was hard to sleep, but what else can you do on a dark bus? We made it to Chicago O’Hare Airport around 6:45am, checked our bags, went through security, grabbed a quick coffee and soon after boarded our plane at 8am (Central time). The flight was pretty smooth and we all enjoyed different movies and then landed in New York around 11:15am. After another bus ride we dropped our luggage at the hotel and then spread out a bit to grab lunch. We then took our first trip on the subway so that we could get to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, which was impactful and interesting. After the museum we got on the Staten Island Ferry and went past Lady Liberty. We then got on the subway again, this time heading to Chinatown, where we shopped a bit and had a delicious Dim Sum dinner. Around 10:15pm we made it back to the hotel and received our room keys. Today we walked just over 7 miles total and traveled around 800 miles on bus and plane. Day 1 was super eventful and extremely tiring, but we are super excited to see what the next few days will bring.
Ruby, Ashley, Katrina, and Brooklyn
We’re less than 48 hours from being in New York City and the excitement is building! Tuesday morning, we’ll be headed to the airport, ready to create some once in a lifetime memories. We’ll come back with many stories (and lots of photos) to share.
While we are in the city, we will be blogging about our experiences and adventures from the students’ point of view. Check back right here to see what’s happening over the next week!
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