Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Our hotel in NYC was only a few blocks away from Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, yet we did not venture down to this popular tourist destination until the end of our trip. At night it is mesmerizing with all the neon lights, colorful billboards, and advertisements. It is also a great place for people watching although I found it overwhelming after a short while. Times Square is known around the world as a symbol of the American spirit  but I found it representative of America’s culture of excess.


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New York’s Chinatown is one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in the Western Hemisphere with an estimated population of 100,000 people. I felt as if I had been transformed to another country as I explored the streets of this neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.

9-11 Museum Museum

Waiting in line to get into the 9/11 Museum ( on the right)

Memorial for Orlando Victims

The day we visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum we also stumbled upon a memorial in a park in Chelsea that was erected to honor the victims of the shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando. It had only been a week since the tragedy in Orlando and I was still in a somber mood. This was an especially low day for me. I was unable to complete my tour of the 9/11 Museum after witnessing a young Marine break down and sob uncontrollably amongst the hundreds of people viewing the exhibits. At the park in Chelsea a gentleman sitting on a bench next to me admitted that he had been crying intermittently during the past week. He remarked, “First that beautiful young singer, then the nightclub, and now that 2 year old boy. Poor Orlando.” Sometimes it is hard to imagine how people recover from such tragedies, especially when the incidents involve senseless acts of violence.