I commend those that actually have read all of these recaps, especially since I’m not even attempting to proofread through this mass of text so I’m sure some of it makes zero sense. But fear not, for we come to the end of days, err, at least the recaps!
Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25 (aka: New York, New York!)1
After an uneventful train ride, Yara and I arrived at Penn Station and soon after met up with Jess. We walked over to the Herald Square subway entrance during which I rediscovered the one fact about the City I always forget — it’s ALWAYS hotter than a thermometer leads one to believe. Considering it was also rather humid, it wasn’t exactly the most pleasant walk of my life. But anyway, we took the subway to Brooklyn and were treated to some accordion playing. Even public transportation is more interesting in NYC. ;-)
We dropped off my luggage at Jess’s apartment and I met her roommate. Both girls were pretty fascinated to have a dog around for a few days and remarked several times about how big she is, at least compared to most City dogs. (But honestly, hearing that statement drives me crazy since she’s not remotely big.) We headed off again in search of food and a theater to see Star Trek at. We ended up in Jess’s childhood neighborhood and ate at a taco place she’d never been too, but noted had been around since she was a kid. The food was really good, but the burritos were HUGE! Anyway, we hung out there for a bit and then went across the street to a little theater Jess had gone to many times as a kid. It was the typical small theater experience, though much better than the week before as it was minus a tall person obstructing my view or a random spot of light in the left corner of the screen.
Saturday was pretty laid back. Jess and I had made plans to do a Muppet movie marathon right before I’d left for CT, so we waited for the rest of her friends to show up. In the end only Becky came over, which was super awesome since I’ve known her online for some five years and we’d yet to meet! The marathon was a lot of fun, and I still have Muppet songs randomly running through my head from it. (*coughs* And the CD that Jess burned for me that’s been playing rather a lot.) It’s probably been some 10 or more years since I’d seen any of those films so it was quite a treat for me.
On Sunday we ventured over to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We met up with Abby, one of my very best friends from SUCO whom I hadn’t seen in about five years! It was awesome to see her and catch up on things and she and Jess certainly hit it off, which made me quite happy. We didn’t take up too much of Abby’s time, though, as she was working so we promised to catch up with her during her next break. So, Jess and I walked around and around and around the Met. We went up to the roof garden and then wandered through the Asian wings. I was actually quite shocked to see that there was an entire section of Korean art!
After we had reached the Chinese garden, which was sadly not quite serene and quiet since the entire museum was terribly crowded, we made our way to the American wing. Aside from the entrance itself, this was undoubtedly the most crowded section we visited. I always get a bit paranoid when people are that close — I’m a bit claustrophobic — but Yara was hardly swayed by any of it. We hooked up with Abby shortly thereafter and she brought us down into the bowels of the museum to the staff areas.
After parting ways with Abby again, until she was off work, Jess and I decided that we’d go through the Greek/Roman exhibit, which is one of her favorite areas and I could readily see why as it’s terribly fascinating. We also walked around the Egyptian exhibits. It was getting pretty close to closing time by then, so we headed for a quick stop at the Gift Shop, where I picked up this book on the Korean art pieces, which I was thrilled to find as there was a display copy in the Korean wing that I had leafed through a bit.
We waited outside for Abby to get off her shift and then Jess and I parted ways for dinner. Abby took me to one of her favorite pizza places where we were joined by some of her friends. The pizza was absolutely divine and I had a blast with everyone. After dinner, Abby escorted me across town to meet up with Jess, whereupon I discovered how absurdly quick they had bonded as they chatted on about TV shows and boy bands. (Becky and I mostly stood back and fought the urge to roll our eyes right out of our heads.) Twenty minutes of my life I’ll never reclaim and several brain cells later, Jess and I made our way back to Brooklyn.
The next morning was pretty busy being my last of vacation. I woke up early and got all the bathroom rituals finished, fed and relieved Yara, packed everything up, and neurotically checked about 750 times to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything and that my ride from the train station was still in place. Anyway, after Jess was all set, we took off with all my luggage and headed to Junior’s. It’s really a very nice place and the food is top-notch. Not to mention some of the best cheesecake ever. I picked up a slice to go and snack on during my train ride to Albany and it was incredible. Also, I may have had the best chocolate milkshake of my life.
Afterward, we lugged my stuff back to Penn Station and my most awesome vacation came to a close. It was super fun! But to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sad since by that point I was kind of missing home. (This feeling passed about ten minutes into my workday Tuesday.)