Today we walked to the Empire State Building. The weather was sonny and not cloudy. We saw the Empire State Building very early because it is really high. We went to the top by elevator. The view was so GREAT. I hoped that the time wouldn’t end We saw the skyline of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and our hotel and other buildings or skyscrapers. You can go to the 102nd level but you need a special ticket. The most of us took photos and after that they went downstairs to the shop. After a little shopvisit we went out of the Empire State Building. After the visit we walked to the pier. The bad thing was that the pier was closed. So we went to lunch. We ate all something and after the lunch we met to go on the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bridge was very beautiful and big. We walked a little way over the bridge. The view was very nice. The most of us liked to go home and we walked home.
This was our second day
Today we woke up early in the morning. At 9:30 am we went to Ground Zero by Metro. The weather was wet, rainy and foggy. So most time we didn‘t see the highest points of the skysrapers. At Ground Zero were waterfalls, where the buildings were destroyed. There is a museum too, but it will open in spring time. After Ground Zero we walked to the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry was free and we drove to Staten Island . By the way we saw Elis Island and the Statue of Liberty . The bad thing was that the weather was very foggy!!! After the visit in Staten Island we drove back. Our last point was the Museum of Modern Art. It was free too. At the Museum we saw lots of art, for example painting art, photographic art, statue art,…. It was very interesting. The museum closed 5:30 pm. We drove back by metro and ate something to dinner.
It was again an interesting day.
Today we drove to New York by train. It was a really long trip. We drove 4 and a half hours. We came to the trainstation in downtown at 3:45 pm. In the station were many many humans which was very stressful. When we came out of the staion I saw NY the first time. There are so many skyscrapers !!! I lovet it. We went to the hotel and checked in. After that some of us went to eat something or to look at the city. In the evening we walked to the Time Square. There were lots of promotions and lights. We walked to look at the shops and the Time Square. After this trip we went back to the hotel by Metro.
It was a great day!!!!
On this Saturday morning we ate our breakfast at 9:00 am, because we wanted to go to the Golden Gate Bridge. When I saw the Golden Gate Bridge I was fascinated. The Bridge is the longest bridge I have ever seen. So we drove over the bridge. On the other side we took some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Skyline of San Francisco. We drove down to Sausalito for lunch. On the way back we drove down the steep streets of San Francisco. That was a crazy feeling.
Heute war der erste Tag in der Schule Es war ganz anders als in Deutschland 😮 In manchen Stunden haben die Schueler mehr Freiheiten als bei uns! Die amerikanische Lehrer sind alle freundlich und aufgeschlossen zu uns . Die Hofpause ist auch Klasse: man kann sich etwas zu essen kaufen, man kann sich in die Sonne setzen (oder in den Schatten der Baeume). Ueberall auf dem Schulgelaende stehen Tische in Gruppen, wo man mit Freunden sitzen kann. Der Tag war einsame Spitze:)
On Tuesday the 28th we had our first day of school. One big plus was that we could sleep longer than we can in Germany. I and my host family had to drive to school at 7:40. In Germany I usually leave the house at 7 am. When we got there we went to Mrs. Fleming’s room at first. All the GAPP students met there. We could eat donuts and bagels and drink juice. It was really delicious. After some welcoming words from Mrs. Fleming we split into little groups so the Americans could show us their school. It is so big that it took us more than an hour and I think we still haven’t seen everything. Instead of one big building they have many small ones with class rooms. They also got a football ground, a baseball stadium, even a swimming pool. Mrs. Scheremetjew liked the library the best. Think of our library. Actually just a class rooms with more books in it than usual. They got an extra building for it, with many many books and also some computers. We were also able to peek in some classes. They don’t have normal music classes with music theory, they play instruments and have different bands. I really liked what we got to hear. And also, they class rooms look so personal. There are posters all around or quotes on the wall. And lets not forget about the American flag which you can actually find in many rooms. After we ended our tour we could shadow our partners, which means we went to their classes with them. On my way i saw a lot of people in sweatpants and even in pajamas. I couldn’t imagine that at our school. Students are even allowed to eat and use their phone in the classes. Nobody cared. The classes were interesting to watch but I think it gets boring after a while as they have the same six periods everyday . Lunch was also interesting as there is so much to choose from. All in all it was an exciting first day.