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01 May 2010 @ 10:16 pm
Not all who wander are lost  

On my last day here in NYC, my adventures included:

* Returning to The Met to review the Belle Heures one last time and to wander through a few more exhibits. I ended up fleeing the Piccaso exhibit because it was packed and making me claustrophobic. Stopped by the book store to pick up a few books. Most of the heavy, spendy ones I'll order online tomorrow, since I didn't want to haul them with on the plane.

* Wandering through Central Park, including watching a presentation on birds of prey. Sadly, no petting the pretty birdies.

* Shopping in the garment district. I was able to avoid BUYING anything, however, since I know I still have the lion's share of the fabric from my last trip out East still sitting in my basement awaiting my attention.

* Stopping by the Morgan to pick up additional copies of a book I bought on Wednesday that turns out to be excellent. One copy is for a girl here at the hostel that went completely geektastic on me about Renaissance history and may be looking into the local SCA.

* Visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - very pretty, but also packed because of the Cherry Blossom Festival (in the conspicuous absence of the blossoms themselves). Holy Japanimation costuming, batman...

* visiting the Brooklyn Museum. Again, a bit of a miscalculation - they are open until 11 on First Saturdays, so I thought they'd be a good evening option. I underestimated how many people would show up for the free lectures and music. I had a quick look around the galleries I was interested in and entirely abandoned the Asian and Egyptian stuff that I had to admit I just had no interest in.

* My hostel is in Harlem (don't tell my mom) so I decided to go out for Mexican, since there were no fewer than six Mexican restaurants in easy walking distance. The hostess didn't speak enough English to answer when I asked whether they were still serving dinner, which I took as a good sign. I had something that I think was chopped steak with cheese on a tortilla. It came with a cactus leaf (not bad, but nit particularly interesting), lime wedges (yum!), and slices of radishes (??? WTF is that?). Tasty and lots of it. :) nummy.

* Now, some reading and a shower before heading out for my 4AM bus to catch my 6AM flight. Ugh. Why are the cheapass flights all at ungodly hours... I know, the question answers itself, but still people...

See many of you at May Day!

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Amanda Marksdottir: Tardisragnvaeig on May 2nd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Harlem has really gentrified in the past decade, so there's a lot less to worry about uptown.
eithni: greeneithni on May 17th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
:P Not really this neighborhood, but I survived just fine. Walk quickly and look like you know what you are doing is always a good plan.
(Anonymous) on May 4th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
"Don't tell my mom"
Too late!
Mama
dread_exdread_ex on May 5th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about that Eithni, I'm sure you blended in,
eithni: WTFeithni on May 17th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. perfectly. :P