Hey it’s Nicole! Today 5 of us went to the Gay Men’s Health Club (GMHC) where they specialize with AIDS/HIV testing for people of all ages and promoting information about the diseases. The wonderful staff and some volunteers spent the day with us telling us about their organization and the services they provide. We will be working alongside another Alternative Spring Break trip from Colorado State University.
One of GMHC’s largest fundraisers is the AIDS walk that takes place on May 19 and raised $6 million last year for their organization. There will be much more to come and I am looking forward to the next few days with this organization!!
After our group debriefing for the night, Jenny managed to rip the knob off our apartment door
We started out the Sunday with a subway ride to Central Park.
The sky was gray and the wind unrelenting but they didn’t deter us from sightseeing. We headed to the Grand Central Station for lunch on the ground as we admired the architecture and people watched. After lunch we headed to Time Square! Talk about stimulation overload! We saw The Good Morning America Headquarters, the giant Hershey’s chocolate store and multiple people having wedding photos taken. Hopefully we’ll be able to make it back during the week at night to sightsee some more
Running around the city really made Chase tired!
We’ve made it safely to NYC!!! We survived a name change, first time flier and a delayed flight. So when we arrived in Milwaukee, my name on my ticket was Zazek instead of Nazek. It was only one letter off but going through security with two different names was not something We wanted to risk. Thankfully, a lovely woman, Susan, worked with us for an hour to change the name of my ticket.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to escape the snow. 15 minutes before departure, a stewardess informed us NY was getting the snow storm we had last night so we were delayed about an hour. Meredith came prepared with UNO and other card games to keep us occupied. And of course, as we boarded the plane, the sun finally started to poke through the clouds, sending us off in good spirits. It was Nicole’s first time flying and she handled it like a champ =)
The bright lights and bustling traffic kept us enthralled as our shuttle driver zipped through the crowded streets. We’re living in very cute apartments on the cusp of Chinatown and Little Italy. We feasted at Lombardi’s, famous for their pizzas and calzones. Afterwards, we split into two groups: half of us went grocery shopping for the week while the rest scoped out some dumpling places right by our apartment.
( Jenny with the pizza)
Tomorrow is our major sightseeing day so stay tuned to see our shenanigans around the Big Apple!