Here’s the final part of my New York City adventure I went on last week! I would’ve posted it sooner, but time kind of prevented that from happening-but better late than never! Honestly, when we left NYC, I really wish I could’ve stayed longer or had the chance to go back more often. I remember when I visited in the 5th grade, I fell in love with the city, and honestly, my love for it never faded away.
On the last day, we visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Visiting Ellis Island at an older age gives you a deeper appreciation for the history behind it all. We visited as many rooms as time allotted like the Registry Room and the Hearing Room, and went to see the wall with all the names of the immigrants that had passed through. The coolest in my opinion was the wall of names. I easily found my last name, Kaminski, and learned just how many spellings of the name there were. I was so excited that Kaminski was on there, and immediately sent photos to my parents.
To add on to my fascination of finding my last name on the wall, I also learned that my great grandfather is on this wall:
Stanislawa Kaminski (marked with yellow dots on the photo)
*The Hearing Room*
Next stop was the Statue of Liberty! Let’s be real, finding yourself walking towards our Lady Liberty is pretty awesome. My group had the chance to walk up through the Statue and experience looking out into the city from the statue. Besides the wind making everything so much more colder, it was amazing to see what it looked like on the inside.
This day entirely was beautiful (besides the cold), and I could’ve just stared at the Statue of Liberty all day long! Seeing historical statues and landmarks is incredibly interesting, and breathtaking to see how they’ve held up over the years.
All in all, though I came home completely exhausted from my trip, I appreciated it so much. I have a huge appreciation for travel and opportunities that others may not have. I surely hope that I visit NYC more often. I hope you all have enjoyed my photos, and I can’t wait to write about more adventures!