For Jens’ graduation gift, my parents generously gave the two of us a long weekend in New York City the last weekend in August. Obviously, we didn’t know at the time that just a few weeks later, New York would be ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. It makes me glad that we were able to see and enjoy it when we did.
Here are a few exerpts from the photo album:
I really like Central Park.
Underside of a bridge in Central Park
This guy really wanted me to play his instrument. I did not want to play his instrument. I just wanted to take his picture.
The shoes I had to buy to walk through Central Park. Because somehow I always forget walking shoes when I visit New York.
Japanese Pizza. Incredible. I will make a point of eating at this restaurant every time I come back to New York for the rest of my life.
Can you find me?
Sidewalks are for parking.
We saw Wicked! It was awesome! Squeeeeeee!
Lunch with the President. It was just after the RNC, so this was funny at the time.
Our little guest, who stayed perched on the hotel room window for almost an entire day.
Obligatory Top of the Empire State Building photo
Obligatory Grand Central Station photo
One of the things I like about New York is that everything is “normal” there. Woman walking down the street in an enormous feathered headdress? Not a single head turns as she walks by. Guy in his underwear sitting on a bench? Nobody bats an eye. Shaman performing a healing ceremony in the middle of the street? Totally normal.
Woody and Papa Smurf hanging out on the street corner? Happens every day.
Also, I like how every street has its own personality, and they’re all very distinct. You can be walking through China Town, cross the street, and suddenly you’re in Little Italy. Turn a corner, and you run smack into a Brazillian festival.
More proof we were there:
Thanks, Mom & Dad, for a great trip that was lots of fun! And also for babysitting. From what I hear, the kids had a pretty good time as well.