So this morning was another very typical "morning routine." We woke up very early in the morning and stayed up very late as well to finish blogging the night before. Today was probably the hottest day so far on the trip, but I must admit I actually prefer the heat over the cold so I definitely have no room to complain!
Not only did I have really engaging conversations with both my chaperon and Mrs.Kronenberg throughout the day today, but I also had the opportunity to see the Hudson River while enjoying their company. I hadn't personally known Mrs.Kronenberg very well throughout my time back in the bay area, but I'm glad she visited us yesterday and I had the opportunity to get to know her more; she's a very warm and caring individual and I definitely enjoyed speaking to her.
|Relaxing with the Roosevelt family.|
After the tour, we also watched an informative documentary about Roosevelt's life and culture. His passion struck me and ultimately became one of the many strong aspect that resulted in the strong sense of admiration I have towards him. He never gave up and was always highly optimistic, which is also the characteristics of a perfect role model for me. I too portray similar characteristics and particular personality traits, so I was extremely honored to see similarities between myself and an individual of such high reputations.
|Sat in a seat in the theater dedicated to Dwight D. Eisenhower.|
|Absolutely beautiful library at Vassar University.|
Before we knew it, it was already dinner time once again, this time at Le Bernardin. Each and every day I walk out of the these restaurants thinking, "This was the best dinner yet," and I end the following night at another restaurant with the same exact mindset. Everything has been so fantastic so far in our trip that it's truly hard to chose the amongst all our daily activities what exactly we enjoyed more than the other due to the fact that they all so amazing that a decision of the sort would be both highly debatable and questionable. Whether it's the individuals we are granted the honor to meet and engage in interesting conversations with, or simply the atmosphere and the taste of the food, each and every dinner so far has been unique and special in it's own way.
|Adrianne Ramsey; I love her so much!|
This dinner felt almost like a business meeting to me. The conversation was definitely engaging and active, (like always) but this time more than usual. We debated as a group for hours as to how exactly we are going to give back to our community upon return. Of course, you may be thinking, "But you just arrived!" Yes, but community is of utmost importance to us all, and the duty and main purpose of this trip as a whole is to give back to our community in a large and upscale manner. We plan to live up to (and of course beyond) our expectations and give back to our community in a way never done before. For this, we have already began our initial steps in preparation and organized our ideas in a coherent format for analysis. In all, I enjoyed our discussions today, and not to mention, the fact that Mrs.Kronenberg was there to join us.
|Meryl Streep, she was literally this close to us.|
The most perfect coincidence occurred today in the restaurant, we sat a table away from Meryl Streep for four consecutive hours! The coincidence here is that we visited Vassar, the college she graduated in the daytime, then saw herself my sundown.
Chance or fate? You tell me.