Day 1: ASB Trip 2017 NYC

At last the day has come. Over 100+ interviews were conducted as interest in this year’s ASB trip to New York reached sky high. Thankfully all the students had met several times before the trip to bond and learn about homelessness and hunger.

We did a great job of meeting at the airport at 4am and everyone was accounted. This flight was also one of the students first flights ever (Paul).

We hung out for a bit in the gym when we arrived at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark and got to know each other a little bit by playing Telephone and “Tell Paul How Awesome He Is: The Game”.

After we recieved a tour of the Boys and Girls Club we locked up our belongings and ventured in New York City. Using New York’s transportation system is a feat in itself. We had to get to the right station, pay for the right tickets, and dash quickly out of trains to avoid being pincer-slammed by subway doors. Subway doors show no mercy.

I’m surprised that my greatest discovery of this trip occurred on the first day. I ran into the country’s greatest waffle maker, Wafel & Dinges. The waffle was piping hot, crunchy on the outside, and warm and reassuring in the middle. We do not have artisinal waffles like this is North Carolina.

One of the students, John, led us to one of New York’s finest coffee houses: Blue Bottle Cafe. The coffee was amazing. Thank you John!

After our trip to the city we went back to the Boys and Girls Club and got a chance to play ice breaker games with the 10 other schools participating in Alternative Spring Break.

My assigned team were the Wolves. I think we had the best team chant and team photo.

Our first day in New York was pretty fantastic. Looking forward to a fun and busy trip!

Manny