Of Many …

At conference last week we were lucky enough to hear the Imam and Rabbi from NYU speak about their work in setting up an interfaith group at NYU. This was an Amazing discussion of perceptions of people and the experiences of others. Some of Imam Khalifs story is outlined at : https://youtu.be/362WetK3Uhs and the trailer for the documentary about the two of them, that is also fantastic and moving, can be found at : https://youtu.be/JJ1MFPf0L44 

The long journey home begins

So that was the new york adventure !

We got up fairly early this morning and got out to see central park and 5th avenue… some shopping was done …

I had some contingency money that did not get used so I paid for a starbucks run and booked and paid for a shuttle to the airport instead of the underground, we are experts in the new york subway now !

We have now arrived at JFK airport and are all checked through to auckland.

All we have now is the 26 hours of travelling to complete then the auckland trafiic home.

More Photos to come once i can getsome more reliable internet coverage.

See you soon Auckland !

We are just transiting through LAX now with 14 hours on qf12 to sydney

And we have landed. Back in New Zealand, it’s great to be home.

Bye bye UofR

So we have left the University of rochester after an awesome week of learning, inspiration and heaps of fun.
The conference was a week of so many high points that it is hard to pick one. Many amazing speakers and gat group discussions, the meals at Danforth dining and the talent show. The baseball game and Niagara Falls !  The dance and the times spent hanging out in the dorms were many of the highlights 

We all checked out. Said a heap of goodbyes to all our new friends and got into a fleet of taxis to head to the train station. The train was delayed by half an hour but we are now heading back to NYC for the night before flying out tomorrow.

And now we are back in nyc and heading out to see some more sights

Day 5

We began today with a thundery and rainy morning.

We broke into our GAT groups and worked on our projects that we would be presenting to the whole group. The presentation was in the main ballroom and was then followed with a q and a session where the students walled around the different groups to ask questions ask about their projects as these are designed to back to school to continue.

The presentation phase

Then the walk around q and a session

After thus was some free time to visit college town to go to the college store for souvenirs before the evening social event … the dance