Monday 27 May 2013 The Aryan School contingent of 17 students 2 teachers left for USA on an educational tour. Eighteen hours of flight landed us at Orlando. The Florida is amazing. People by the millions come every year from around the world for a slice of fun, thrill and adventure. We had following places on our itinerary Disney world, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, NASA (KSC), Niagara, Harvard, Boston University, MIT, NYC, etc.
Gingerly wrapping arms around Pluto, walking into the Haunted Mansion, fears rising like the ghosts that would soon materialize, hundreds of pennies shimmering in the water made us wonder how many of those wishes would have come true, beyond doubt delicate balance between nostalgia and innovation sensed by all of us.
Here you get to go behind the scenes and onto the sets of your favorite movies, and have a real feel of what goes on to create film and TV successes. How a set is dressed to resemble anything from Egyptian pyramids, to a city scene, to an underwater cavern… the six themed areas cover almost 444 acres. Not to forget ride on primordial era locomotive train.
Less than an hour east of Orlando, KSCVC Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex gave us the mixture of the past and the future, with rich historical references in each of the exhibits, coupled with a clear vision into the future, bolstered by the amazing learning from both the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope photos. A trip reinvigorated the imaginations of even the most steadfast sticks in the mud. The KSC’s three behind-the-scenes tours, taught us about everything from runway gator wranglers to launch-day innovations.
A slogan goes like this “A day of fun, a lifetime of inspiration” NASA was established in 1958 and was formerly opened on July 1, 1962, though it had its beginning in 1960. Each year, millions visit the Kennedy Space Center, getting a glimpse of this sprawling oceanfront setting, where wildlife intermingles with science on a landscape of orange groves, alligator ponds, and launching pads and runways that send rockets into space and welcome them home again.
The space shuttle launch simulation was thrilling, the zero gravity experience, the impact of sound, speed, vibrations fighting against the gravity and the Apollo movie were worth sitting through. The 3D Imax Theater Hubble was very well done. The imagery of the galaxies, stars, and star bursts were the best we have ever seen the food served was lavish and appetizing. The gift shop was well stocked. There was an astronaut name Ken Cameron to sign autographs.
The places of attractions are: launch complex, Saturn V center, Astronaut hall of fame, space mirror memorial, Rocket garden, space shuttle Atlantis display, Angry bird space encounter, windshield, Sprawled across 140,000 acres on Florida’s Atlantic coast, the center has hosted the succession of rocket launches that have rewritten our knowledge of aeronautics and our understanding of the nature of the universe.
The experience is mesmerizing you dream of floating through the heavens as you ponder all the gauges and lights. “Imagine yourself walking on the moon, checking out all the craters and playing golf up there,” The capsule, a replica of one that circled the moon, is one of several new hands-on… Cape Canaveral Air Station where America’s first rockets and astronauts left the Earth.
The 5,000-gallon fountain is spectacularly lit in the evenings with LED lights and features 26 jets of water that are programmed to create inspiring light shows in the park.
Evenings were kept for shopping and to enjoy at the eateries,
For the quintessential Florida experience, we headed towards the beach! Where we experienced the ideal stretch of pristine sand and crystal clear water, the options available were: swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, hot air ballooning, helicopter ride or shell collecting — to name a few.
Boston, Harvard and MIT were our next destination Boston was founded in 1839 with a campus size of 133 acres and currently sponsor more than 70 international programs Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the alumni, Harvard University was established in 1636, it has seen eight U.S. presidents graduating, and 141 Nobel Laureates. A visit to the museum was also one of the attractions we witnessed some world famous 3D paintings, etc. MIT founded in 1861 lays strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. We had an opportunity to be part of a lecture along with other students, here we picked up some knowledge about computer language, with the help of the teachers we made robots.
I am sure in near future Aryans shall definitely be part of these universities.
The collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. The ferry ride took us close to the fall where we could feel the showers, scary feeling and the sound of the waterfall was deafening.
New York was our final destination located on one of the world’s largest natural harbors it is the most populous city in the United States the main places we visited were: Statue of Liberty, the Met, Times Square, Central Park, Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yankee stadiums, Brooklyn bridge, WTC memorial, new WTC, etc.
The voyage brought together the essence of all aspects of a great trip in one fabulous package viz. great leisure, world class entertainment, unparalleled education, cutting edge technology and truly out-of-this World experience.