It was wet when we left by bus for NY. It was cold and wet when we arrived in NY. Although the touring was faith-strengthening, it was still wet and cold the first two days. Bus rides can be long, especially like a trip from SC to NJ. But when you have to endure rain and cold, for me, it is worse. The trip itself was totally worth it for many reasons. I did a similar trip two years ago, but my husband was unable to come. This time he is with me, so this is an experience we can talk about and allude to for years to come. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Mahwah, NJ. We were less than 10 minutes from NY.
On day 1, we went to the world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in Warwick, NY. Since it was raining and cold, we could not tour outside. But we were able to tour the 4 interactive areas in the building. I must say, the technology was amazing. And the organizational history and Bible knowledge is second-to-none. Each person touring has earphones and a small transmitter. When visiting each display, there was a number that could be punched into the transmitter. Then you would hear more information about the display. So, you could take as much time as you needed to tour the area. There were also an area where you could pose for photo opportunities or hear your voice on a mock radio broadcast set-up. What an awesome way to learn about the modern-day history of Jehovah's organization. There were interactive touch boards on the walls of some areas and a touchscreen table with more teachings and information. The first day was truly amazing and one I will remember for years to come.