Day 2 - Evening
Mark Turpin, Class of 2009 - After the MET we split up to go to various museums, and a few of us decided to go with Professor Huebner to the Neue Gallery which had a special exhibit on the German Expressionist group Die Brucke. Most of the paintings were from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and I thought it was a good end to our first long day of museum visits. We then headed back to the hostel for a well deserved nap.
We were all knocked out for a few hours and then headed out on an adventure to Chinatown to search for cheap sneakers and authentic Chinese food. It was interesting to get off the subway, and walk a few blocks and feel like you are in a completely different country. Though being a well traveled person, I am still in awe of the diversity you experience on every corner and the uniqueness our experience so far. Needless to say, our dinner in the hole-in-the-wall joint was the best Chinese food I’ve had and after we had our fill we headed toward Brooklyn Bridge to snap a few snapshots. Though it was a bit chilly, the bridge was pretty awesome with the view of the city even cooler.
We then headed through the financial district, and stopped at ground zero for some somber reflection. The proposed plans for the new Freedom Tower and monuments to 9/11 plastered everywhere seem like a fitting reminder. We then snuck a peak at the Statue of Liberty over the Hudson before the rain drove us back to the subway to meet up with the rest of the group back at the hostel. Though it seems like a more relaxed evening, the trip so far has not disappointed and I am looking forward to what the rest of the week has in store for us.