De sidste dage har vi virkelig været omkring. Vi fandt ud af, at man kan se byen oppefra (på 102. sal) fra One World Observatory - så det gjorde vi selvfølgelig, uden tøven. Billederne deroppe fra taler nærmest for sig selv. Så smukt! Og urealistisk. Det sætter tingene i perspektiv, at se hvor stort alting er og hvor lille bitte man selv er. Hvor mange andre mennesker der lever i denne her verden, som har deres eget liv og som træffer andre valg end vi gør. Foruden den fantastiske udsigt, så har vi været forbi samtlige bydele, central park, museer, spisesteder, ja - i dag har vi nærmest ikke kunne finde på noget at lave. Vi har givet den fuld gas! Nu er vores rejse (desværre) ved at lakke mod enden. I aften kl 23:30 flyver vi fra New York til København - også videre til Aalborg. Ord kan ikke beskrive den rejse vi har været på. Vi har nydt det, hver eneste dag og hvert eneste øjeblik. Vi har oplevet SÅ meget de sidste 6 uger og er nu også klar til at komme hjem. Vi har forsøgt at få alt det med, som har været et must og hvad vi har orket. Nu er vi trætte! New York City er en fantastisk by, men også en hård én at slutte af med 😅 Vi er så taknemmelige for rejsen, hinanden og for alle som har fulgt med - og specielt dem, som har taget sig af det derhjemme. Tak! 💕 #newyorkcity#manhattan#oneworldobservatory#groundzero#911memorial#nyc#newyork#centralpark#usaroadtrip#atrejseeratleve#theend
I hope some of you are still enjoying short stories, because I'm going to tell you how I discovered 9/11 memorial.
I didn't know its exact location, and was twice in that area, skipping to check the place where the Twin Towers tragically fell, because I simply didn't know it was around and even how it looked like. Being a frequent traveller, I tend to skip sightseeing rather often, preferring to enjoy the city from within - through its people and events.
That day it was extremely hot and sunny, everyone was wearing summer clothes, including me. I was walking down the Fulton Street when I suddenly felt chilly, and my skin got covered in goosebumps, I stopped. I intuitively took a turn and kept walking, just following this sensation, which was rising in me like a hurricane... And I saw the memorial.
I have no idea how people walk, talk, smile, take pictures and eat there as if it is some simple park or an attraction, because I totally freeze. The energy of this place is so raw, sullen and saddening that no words can describe it. I was running my fingers through the carved names of those who died in this horrible fail of humanity, and I felt pain and fear of every single one of them. It was heartbreaking.
Oddly enough, I felt exactly the same sensation when I was taking a metro in Moscow (mind I didn't remember where the terrorist attack exactly took place), so to my own surprise, I saw a small memorial dedicated to the victims of the Moscow Metro terrorist attack. It was exactly at the station where I got covered in goosebumps... World can be really tough on the sensitive folk like me, but what can I do about it? Just love and let people love me too, creating this little, fragile bubble of happiness... #911#911memorial
So I really had to use a restroom and walked into a bar that said customers only ... so I bought a beer. So it’s just me and the nicest bartender there who happens to own the bar. He asked me where I was from and what I’ve seen today and I mentioned I stopped by the 9/11 memorial (pretty powerful by the way ) and then he started telling me his 9/11 story. Normally he would have been right at the World Trade Center when it happened but that particular morning he went to a friends funeral. He then explained to me that his friend died so he could live and it was the last gift his friend gave him. Really mind blowing to think about. Anyways, thought I’d share. “This world is chaos... be kind “ #911memorial#santysseachforhappiness#thisworldischaosbekind
There is absolutely nothing easy about reliving the day of 9/11. Bringing your children back to that moment of absolute fear with you. But what is healing is being approached by a Survivor someone who was there that day. Who has found part of their story to empower the future. She told my son Ryan of the fear on that day but she didn't stop there.......She shared with him what came after was a love that he might never experience in his lifetime. A love from the world who wrapped her in so much compassion and care. Who came together and lifted her and thousands of others in honor of the survivors and the ones lost. She empowered him by telling him that she will be gone someday and she looks to the future (people like him) to pass on her story and the stories of those that were there that day. Of course I could not speak through the tears. But I thanked her for that moment. I don't think I will ever forget his day and nor will my children. All because Kathy took the time to share her story with the future. #wewillneverforget