New York: Ground Zero, Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History

I was hoping to get this New York post done sooner but with applying for jobs and seeing family since getting home, I haven’t had a lot of time for editing and writing. But, back to business! There are far too many photos to put into one post from my trip so I’m dividing them down into three different ones. As you can see from the title, this one has my photos from Ground Zero, Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. I spent the first couple of days with three other boys on my program so I wasn’t on my own for the entire adventure!

First up are my photos from the 9/11 Memorial. I actually expected it to have a similar atmosphere to how Auschwitz felt when I went a few years ago; quiet, eery and leaving me full of questions. It didn’t feel like that at all. It was like a a peaceful park but you could still hear the distant noise of the hustle and bustle of the city. The water features that were in the place of the Twin Towers were bigger than I imagined, but I’ve thought that about New York in general. The names of people killed were round the edges, some with notes on from relatives or friends who had visited the site. It was a beautiful area and tastefully done to symbolise the atrocity that happened there.

I’ve compiled my favourite photos from Central Park and put them below. I only saw about a third of it as we just walked through to get to and from the American Museum of Natural History, definitely something I want to do properly when I next get the chance to go back. It was so picturesque and strange seeing it in real life, not on a TV screen at home or at the cinema.

Last but not least, I have a few pictures from the American Museum of Natural History. It has lots of displays of various animals and plants (I’m generalising here!), not my favourite aspect of history, but interesting none the less. It was really interactive though so if you get the chance to go, I would definitely recommend it. One tip; a ticket costs $27 from the machines but it’s only a suggested donation. If you queue up at one of the information desks, you can pay any amount to enter the museum.

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New York: Ground Zero, Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History