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by Shakti, United Kingdom Nov 2, 2006
Culture , Media , Education   Short Stories
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My trip to USA I have visited United State of America to attend an international conference in 2005. It’s all about my round trip experience and activities as well as some understanding of New York City and their people’s life.

I felt apprehensive before USA trip, I don't know why. As I recall now, I had a very wonderful trip. My journey had started from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. I took Qatar Airlines for the route of Kathmandu via Doha and Doha via London, UK. We took Virgin Airlines from London to USA at New York.

Our plane landed at Heathrow airport in London in the evening and we had to spend a night at London. So we had applied for transit visa. But the immigration officer told us that Nepalese must take the transit visa from their own country. Since we did not knew this rule we had not done that. I had stayed for four month in London a year ago. So I had shown my passport and my business card to them. He had said that he would try his best. And had gone to talk to his senior; he came with a smile in his face. Then we moved to central London at Greenwich to my sister house.

In the morning through Virgin Airlines we went to the USA. It was a very exciting journey. I had brought a pen from the duty-free shop in the plane. Around mid day we arrived in JFK air port at New York.

There are three major airports that people usually fly into when traveling to New York. LaGuardia is the closest to Manhattan, located in the borough of Queens. JFK International Airport is also in Queens, but a little further from Manhattan. Newark is in New Jersey and is by far the furthest from the city.

We took a cab to go my sister’s house in Queen in New York. On the way my friend asked lots of questions. Visiting a new place brings many enquires. We had a very fruitful cab ride, looking around and knowing many new things. After we reached to my sister’s house, we shared our journey's experience with them.

The purpose of this trip was to attend international human rights and youth conference. One week before the conference, I was in New York. So, within that one week period I visited Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the World Trade Center memorable site, long Island & I even took a ship ride, and many more.
New York became the name of the state and the city. New York is the metropolitan city of the world, best known as “The Big Apple”. New York is both suitable for learning and for entertainment. “The city that never sleeps” includes a variety of museums, art galleries, popular pubs, night clubs, bars, Broadway theatres, and parks. Also, from distinguished designer’s boutiques to the most remarkable brands of shoes, handbags, and clothes, we can shop in the so called Downtown New York have the best shopping experience ever! I have noted some most important Visiting places and things to do in New York.

The most important visiting place is “The Statue of Liberty”. We were in Staten Island Ferry to see the remarkable close up views of the Statue of Liberty. Our Tour Guide boarded us to the Staten Island Ferry which provided a historical narrative of the landmark. Currently, people do not recommend going to the Statue of Liberty until the crown is reopened for passenger access and viewing. The current airport-like security line is very long and can take up to 90 minutes before you board the ferry to go to Liberty Island.

The Staten Island ferry takes only one hour to complete and there is always plenty of room. With the crown closed, the only attraction at the Statue of Liberty is the museum which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Taking a ship ride was a first experience in my life. I was surprised by the security for the ship also. New York police had escorted the ship. I had noted some reality of Statue of Liberty.

Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of freedom in the world. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her hundred year anniversary on July 4, 1986. The Statue of Liberty is the most visited tourist attraction in New York City. It is also the 2nd most photographed landmark in the United States behind the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Many people were wondering to reach the top of the statue. Unfortunately, both the crown and the torch were closed to the public. In fact, the torch was closed in 1916 due to structural issues that arose after a bomb blast at nearby Black Tom Wharf during World War I. until September 11, 2001, visitors could climb to the observatory in the statue's crown. The statue was reopened in December 2001, but the crown has remained closed due to security reasons. Tourists may climb to the top of the pedestal (approximately 10 stories) and enjoy the view from there. Having this in mind, makes one wonder why go to Liberty Island at all? You can go inside the base of the Statue of Liberty, but there is nothing more to do or see other than a close-up picture with the family.





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i like your article
Madan Paudel | May 29th, 2007
Very good writing.But little informations about the conference.

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