Apr 25, 2011
So we’ve spent ten days in New York, half of the time at the NMUN Conference 2011. It was a lot of work, debates, speeches. But a good atmosphere with 2000 Students from all over the world. The picture bellow was taken from the 21st floor out of the Sheraton Hotel. My friend Andres and me were always strolling aorund the Hotel floors, looking for the adventures. And one day we passed this ajar door, looked inside and it was a contruction area. Nobody there, so we went inside, the wind was blowing strong, we could hear the noise from the street, the honking taxis, the sirene of a passing police car. There were no windows installed so far. And when I returned at night to catch a glance of New yorks skyline at night I got busted by a big tatooed security guy.
Andres and me after the closing ceremony at the UN with the certificate “Outstanding Delegation”
After NY we hired a car with a part of our group and drove down to Washington. This is Chinatown. Yesterday we rented bicicles through a system similar to the one in Paris. Its calles Capital Rideshare, you pay 5 $ for 24 hours with your creditcard. There is countless Bicicle-Stations throughout the city where you can pick up and drop off the bikes and use them for a period of 30 min free of charge as many times as you want.
This trip is a whole new experience for me as im travelling in a group of ten and more. What is the big difference between travlling alone and in a group? Alone you can make the decision of what to do, where to go, sleep, eat, on your own at any time. Alone you are forced to go on the street, leave the comfort zone and talk to strangers, because otherwise, well you are just alone. And I like this challenge. With a friend or in a group you always have somebody next to you, to share the experience, to talk about it. You know you have a friend that will be there in the good and in the bad. But did you ever try to coordinate 15 people in a new city, where nobody really knows where to go, where everybody has different expectations? It’s a hard decision making process I can tell you that, especially because after the NMUN conference, everybody is used to debate and fight for his position. It’s an interesting experience and I enjoy it. But at the same time I know, as much as I love travelling I could never be a tour guide. Today we are going to drive down to a beach calles East Shore, recommended by Lonely Planet as a place for people “who like the silence and for birdlovers”.. Curious. I will keep you updated.