During seven days, 42 of our pupils had the amazing opportunity to fly across the Atlantic in order to experience an intense week discovering the cities of Washington DC and New York, marking, for many of us, our very first stay in America.
We began with a full three days in Washington, where we were accommodated in a welcoming youth hostel. Although seemingly impossible, we were able to visit the Capitol, the Smithsonian museums, the Newseum and admire the White House under a bed of snow- to state only a few. Many of my classmates and I were astonished by the sheer scale and emotional resonance of both Arlington cemetery and the Lincoln memorial. Perhaps most importantly, I believe most of us discovered the cultural foundations and history of a nation ostensibly well known to us. Personally, the most impressive moment was being welcomed by the characteristic skyline of New York upon our arrival on the fourth day. The following three days were a haze of yellow taxis, bagels and adventures in the crowded Metro. None of us will ever forget the night view from the Empire State Building, and the evening spent in Time Square; and evidently the opportunity to intermingle within an international and culturally diverse community, and to be a part of it for a few short days.