It was the summer of 2010...I could hardly wait for touch down at John F. Kennedy Airport. I excitedly walked ahead of my family, urging them to hurry to Immigration Check.
Finally when our turn arrived, the officer informed us that the Disembarkation form filled out by us on the aircraft, was an incorrect one and that we needed to fill out another one and join the queue once again! This was torture, as I was really enthusiastic to meet my cousin, waiting to pick us up. Our uncle greeted us with a warm, “Welcome to the U.S !” and also with woollies to help us brave the chilly April winds! I am happy that my family encouraged me to keep a holiday journal, so I am now able to share my experiences with you!
Couldn’t take my eyes off the road as we drove on the famous, Brooklyn Bridge and watched the sun setting on the Hudson river. We passed by the busy streets at Queens and the Bronx on our drive home to Connecticut. Later the same week we spent our mornings in New York, sightseeing. We enjoyed hopping on & off the New Double Decker Bus at landmarks such as, Times Square, Ground Zero Museum, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building Observatory and the York Sky Ride.
One evening, we visited the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, where we witnessed the strangest, bizarre & the nbelievable !! We were also fortunate to experience a truly amazing performance by the Touring Canadian artists of Cirque Du Soleil, at Randall’s Island and another evening at a Broadway Musical, Mama Mia!
The next week we went to Florida. Day One was spent at Magic Kingdom soaring over Fantasyland on the Flying Elephant. At Liberty Square we took a chilling ride through the Haunted Mansion and also came face-to-face with President Barack Obama at The
Hall of Presidents! Adventure Land was thrilling, as we sailed with Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean. By evening, we headed to, Main Street, where all our Disney friends performed in a spectacular parade with live music and a dazzling display of fibre optics and fireworks.
At Future World, on Day Two we took a ride up 18 stories to get a satellite’s view of our home planet - Earth ! At. Nothing was more exhilarating than the free-flying, hang gliding adventure at the Soarin’ ride, at Mission : Space.
The next day was spent at the Animal Kingdom, a park that reflected Walt Disney’s dedication to nature and conservation. The famous Tree of Life, a sculpted 14 storey, 50 foot wide tree, with 325 animals carved into its massive bark, is the centrepiece of the park. We set off on an incredible adventure into the wild on the Maharaja Jungle Trek and the Kilimanjaro Safari. Expedition Everest, was one of the biggest-thrills ever created and we screamed during the high-speed trek through the mysterious Himalayas. Finally we got drenched in the white-waters of the Kali River Rapids.
At Universal Studio’s action and adventure of the biggest Blockbusters come alive ! Here music is put into motion on Hollywood’s Rip Ride Rocket roller coaster. The Simpsons family and Shrek were also big treats. It was scary when we were plunged into total darkness, plagued on all sides by huge fireballs, swarms of beetles and faced the wrath of an army of warrior mummies on the Revenge the Mummy ride.
Riding the flying ray Manta, watching the killer whale shows ‘Believe’ and ‘Shamu Rocks’, besides swimming and sliding made it a truly memorable day at Sea World!
The highlight of our Florida escapade was the 3-day Cruise on board Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral to the exotic coast of Nassau. We enjoyed every minute of luxury and all kinds of deliciousness cruising to the Bahamas and back !
Our trip to the US, would not be complete without visiting Washington D.C and its historic sites which included the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museum, National Air & Space Museum, The U.S Capitol and other major attractions.
It was wonderful to conclude our stay at a weekend getaway. Five families that included most of our close relatives from neighbouring States, decided to drive down to meet and celebrate Mother’s Day together, at the breathtaking Lake George, NY.! Jared Lobo Std: VI, Sharada Mandir School, Miramar