East Coast Travel Week Day 3
After a full day yesterday, students enjoyed an early morning bus ride from Boston to New York City. Many chose to sleep most of the ride and others listened to music or read a good book. Upon arriving in “The City that Never Sleeps” (aka: New York City), the group stopped at the Westfield mall for lunch and then headed to the 9/11 memorial and the new One World Observatory. After checking into the hotel, SEI staff and students headed out for an evening dinner in the famous Times Square.
经过昨天整整一天的长途跋涉之后，学生们又享受了从波士顿到纽约的清晨巴士之旅。许多同学决定利用大部分时间睡觉，另些人选择聆听音乐或阅读。在到达“不眠之城”（又名纽约）后，团体在Westfield商场享用午餐，随后参观9 / 11纪念馆和纽约新世贸大厦天文台。 入住酒店后，SEI的员工和学生来到著名的时代广场共用晚餐。
Westfield World Trade Center Mall
After arriving in NYC, students had a chance to grab lunch at one of the newest shopping centers in the area. The Westfield mall, is a new building replacing the old shopping mall inside one of the Twin Towers. The 365,000 square foot building makes this mall the largest in Manhattan. While the shopping was more upscale than in California, the students still enjoyed looking at products from famous American brands.
9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory
Nearly 16 years ago, the United States of America faced one of the most petrifying circumstances, as terrorists crashed two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 innocent people were killed on American soil. Today, SEI students spent time at the stunning 9/11 memorial, remembering the lives of these victims. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the exact footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Many of the SEI students had never heard of this important piece of American history, others were shocked to see the exact area of which they have read much about in their history classes. After visiting the memorial, staff and students got to take a ride in one of the fastest elevators in the world, launching 102 floors in just 47 seconds. Upon arriving at the top of the One World Observatory, SEI members enjoyed a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of New York City.
近16年前，恐怖分子驾驶着两架飞机向世贸中心的双塔撞去，为美国创立了一个十分使人麻木不堪的景况。2001年9月11日，美国国土上有近3000名无辜人被杀害。今天，SEI的学生们来到9 / 11的纪念馆为这些受害者的生命哀悼。 纪念的双反射池占地面积接近一亩，也是北美洲最大的人造瀑布。池子坐落在双塔旧址的原位。 有些SEI的学生从来没有听说过这段重大的美国历史事件，另些学生在看到水池的实地面积后惊叹不已。参观完纪念馆后，工作人员和学生们乘坐了世界上最快的电梯之一，仅用47秒就平稳地抵达第102层楼。在新世贸大厦天文台的顶端，SEI组团享受了令人赞不绝口的360度纽约全景。
Exploring Times Square
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the midtown Manhattan section of New York City. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is one of the most popular tourists destinations in the world, hosting over 300,000 tourists each day. SEI students enjoyed exploring the city and finding delicious places to eat dinner – one group even found an authentic hot pot restaurant.
SEI Staff Highlight: RTA, Lindsay Benda
SEI 员工聚光灯：RTA Benda 小姐
Red team girls RTA – Ms. Benda – is no stranger to SEI; this is her forth year serving as an RTA. She has an older brother and an older sister and is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she is studying nursing in Michigan at Calvin college and she recently studied abroad in Ghana this past semester. Ms. Benda loves hiking, traveling, going to coffee shops and meeting new people. She has been to China once before and is planning to return in January.
Fun Fact: For the past few years, she has been studying Mandarin Chinese.
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