||[Jun. 29th, 2006|08:09 am]
I got up at 5:30 in the morning. We thought I was going to make my flight. That was until we got to the Ryan Expressway and found out it was under major construction. I missed my flight. So they put me on stand-by for a two p.m. flight. So I walked around, ate lunch, killed time. Went to the gate. They put me on the plane. I was strapped in. They were closing the doors. A confirmed passanger showed up at the last minute. I got kicked off the flight. They gave me a ticket for a 7:45 pm flight. That flight got delayed by a hour. I made it to Washington D.C. at 11:50 pm. 11 hours after I was suppose to. I made it to George Washington University at 1:10 am. Was in Bed at 1:30. I got up at 6, 4.5 hours later.
Got up, took a shower. I got to know my roommate better. Her name is Jennifer also. We went to breakfast, which was horrible! I won't complain about food at Culver again. After that we had a two hour orientation lecture and then my group went to do this activity based off of survivor. This was the first time I've met my small group. Turns out four of us were late in getting there. We finished figuring out our count off system (I was number 10 the whole time). Then we started with the activities. There was a lava pit where I went against a guy and got the respect of my group plus most of the girls there also because I held my own against this guy who was at least 5 inches taller and weighed more and was stronger. Go crew. Then we had a listening game which we did well at. Some relays and tug of war. Then we had to make a ratapult (a catapult in other words) of which I still have a piece if anyone wants to see my piece. My group was part of the blue team which won so we all got medals that said we came in first. Then we went to lunch and then a model UN lecture. We did a mock UN to understand everything and our topic was kool-aid. I never want to talk about kool-aid for that long again. Then dinner and then bus groups (UN committees) in which they threw us to the wolves because we didn't know anything about our countries or our topics. And then bed.
Breakfast was bad again. Then the International Spy Museum. Which was interesting. I almost got you bullet mints Logan, don't ask why, but I almost did. After that my group called ourselves the 00s, so I was 0010 for count off. Alex was 007. It was funny. Then we went to the Capitol Building to get our group photo taken of everyone. That took awhile. They had to get 350 students in height order. I was in the front row. Big surprise there. After that we went to lunch at the Kennedy center I believe. Good food. Then they had us go to two Smithsonian museums (American History and Natural History) in 1.5 hours. I do not recommend doing that. Ever. After that we came back, had another lecture by David Bosco (senior editor for Foreign Policy Magazine) and then a second lecture after that. Then dinner, then bus groups again. Bed. It was also Chris's birthday today. (16th, and this is United Kingdom Chris)
Had breakfast. Then we went to the Capitol building. My group got cut off from the rest of the bus. We finally caught up with them. The Capitol was interesting. After that we went to the Holocaust museum. We had lunch there, except my group had to wait for like 30-40 minutes to eat. After the whole bus ate, we went into the Museum. I went through the museum with Jennifer and Chris. Chris had seen the Holocaust Museum in London already which he said that compared to America's, was a tad bit more graphic and focused more on the actual Holocaust instead of the whole war. The three of us got through that and then we went and saw some memorials. We had an awesome tour guide with us today and he took us to the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Lincoln Memorials. Then we went to an actual library so that all of could do some research on our countries. We ended up being late for the speaker I believe. Didn't miss much. The guy spoke in monotone. We had a second speaker, no one really liked her either. Dinner, and then bus groups again!
Breakfast and then a lecture. Then we went into bus groups and got to use the campus library for research. And then my group had to serve lunch that day so we did that and had fun doing it. Then we had a tour of Georgetown. Chris, Jennifer and I got yelled at during that for talking in the back. Then we had a Kaplan presentation which was boring. And then we had free time to go get ready for dinner at the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Jennifer, Chris and I were trying to sit together, didn't work. Chris had to find somewhere else and Jennifer and I had the horrible, I mean pleasent opputunity to meet another Chris from the UK. He was a jackass. But the embassy was cool. Then we all came back and started packing. It was Mike's birthday today (16th birthday and he is Chris's roommate)
We got up early, ate breakfast, turned in our keys, and got our luggage on the bus. I ended up sitting wth Chris. The two of us slept the most out of any other two people on the bus. He did it most of the morning, I did it a little and then we both did it for the majority of the afternoon. In between all of our sleeping, we watched a chess game that took 5 hours, he played soccor on his PSP and I watched, and we had lunch at the Constitution Museum after seeing a cool 20-30 minute presentation on the history of the Constitution. We got to Columbia University about 3:30 and it was raining. We had to get into two lines, depending on the letter of our last name. Chris and I were in one line and Jennifer was in another. Right after Chris and I made it inside, it started pouring. We found out later that Jennifr was still stuck outside for that. I got my room keys and went up to the 11th floor. Changed and came down for a 30 minute lecture, got dinner, small groups, and then bed.
Got up, had breakfast and then met my small group. We went to Ellis Island first and after seeing the museum there, we were suppose to get on another ferry. There wasn't enough room so my bus had to wait an additional 30 minutes to get to Liberty Island. On the way to that island it started to drizzle. Then it was a mad house to get food (though I did get to skip about 20 people in line thanks to Chris and his mad weaving skills). Walked around outside the whole island with Sam, UK Chris, Ohio Chris, and myself. Kaiti and Jennifer turned back halfway through. We back to the mainland and we then walked to the financial district. Got to kind of see Wallstreet and then we came to Ground Zero. Then we went back to the campus. We now had time to get ready for seeing Mamma Mia! on Broadway and going to dinner before we left. We all got on the bus, we all got our tickets, and figured out how to switch seats so that we sat by who we wanted. And then we watched an amazing show! It was spectacular. Then we came back and went to bed.
We went to the UN first after breakfast. Went through security after standing in the drizzling rain. Chris had me leave his swisscard in my purse on the bus. If anyone does not know what that is, ask me later. Saw the UN which was pretty neat. My group got to miss the boring lady talking, but the rest of the tour was interesting. After the UN we went to Times Square to eat lunch at Applebee's which was a cool Applebee's and then they let us loose for a hour in Times Square to shop. We just had to be in groups of four and within our street boundaries. My group was me, Jennifer, UK Chris, Ohio Chris, Kaiti, and this girl named Hana who was there because of UK Chris and didn't really like the rest of us. If you want to hear about that, ask me later. We ended up going to TOYSRUS and playing in there for 30 minutes and then we went to the Hershey store and all of us except Hana pooled money together to get the World's Largest Hershey Kiss. I do not want to eat chocolate for at least 2 or 3 more days. Went back to campus and had a lecture. Then dinner, then bus groups.
We had bus groups for 2.5 hours, then a 30 minute lecture, then a hour long talk on Columbia University and I love it now, then lunch. Then we came back as a whole group and heard about the resolutions that passed in our bus groups and passed those. Then we were free to go get ready for our Celebration Cruise. We met our small groups again and went to the bus for that. And then the cruise was wonderful! I hung out with Jennifer Kaiti, Ohio Chris, and UK Chris (half of the time, Hana stoled him the other half) and had a blast. Food was good and we just talked and made fun of UK Chris's Mocarina, didn't know that somebody could ruin that dance until he did it. Then we came back and we got into small groups because we had to go over a few last minute things. Like, if we passed or failed. We got done with that and then Kaiti, Jennifer, Chris, Chris, and Hana had shown up again by now sat outside and talked about our first impressions of each other and who the first person was that we met. Then we all had to go back to our rooms to back and perhaps go to bed. I lasted until 12:15 than Jennifer and Kaiti made me go to bed, after they promised they would make sure I was up in time to say goodbye to UK Chris.
I got woken up at 3:40 am by them. The three of us still beat Chris downstairs by at least 20 minutes. We hang out with him until he has to absolutely leave and then we all hugged and said goodbye. In the whole 30 minute long time, Hana is glaring at Kaiti, Jennifer, and Me kind of asking us why we are there, and the three of us are glaring right back asking the same question. After that we went upstairs helped Kaiti packed, and then went downstairs to see her off. Got worried because we didn't see Ohio Chris. We went to find him and he barely made his shuttle. After that Jennifer and I tried to sleep, didn't work out. We got dressed went to breakfast, and then signed out got on our shuttle and hung out at the airport with our friend Nina and that was an interesting experience. We did figure out that about the time we were getting on our flight, Chris was touching down in London and we tried to call him because we knew he would get a kick out of it, but we couldn't get a hold of him. Then we flew to Chicago and Nina and I had to part ways with Jennifer. And then I said goodbye to Nina in baggage and Now I miss all of them.
That was my trip. Here are a few things that might clear up some questions.
I flew out and into Chicago O'Hare.
Jennifer was on my original flight to D.C., UK Chris was on my stand-by flight and remembers seeing me get kicked off.
Jennifer and UK Chris came up with a theory where I was the cut off for everything (ask me for examples later, there are many) and then Chris took it a step further and decided to blame me for everything that went wrong. These were all based off of my flying experience getting to D.C.
Jennifer lives in Minniesota, Chris in London soon to be Texas, Kaiti and Ohio Chris live in Ohio in the same town.
Hana hooked up with UK Chris, while havign a boyfriend in California. Kaiti, Jennifer, and I are possesive of our Chrises, and Jennifer likes UK Chris too. Anyways, anymore questions, just ask me.