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A Day at the MET

7/18/13

We decided to do the MET today because it was supposed to be even hotter than yesterday. I met the girls on the steps of the MET at 9:30am. I got to the steps around 9:36am and could immediately tell that the museum was not open yet. It was supposed to open at 9:30am. We waited and sweated. It was over 100 degrees and there was no shade. We eventually got into two single file lines. I was soaked. This was redic. They should have had us wait inside the lobby. Everyone could have been shopping in the gift shop while we were waiting. They finally let us in at 10. Janelle paid $3 but the lady gave her back $1. I paid $3. Lauren paid $5. We hit the gift shop first. I saw several things I wanted to buy, but I wanted to wait to do it until we were done in the museum. I have been to the MET numerous times. The last time was 2 years ago and I spent an entire day there (opening to closing). So I’ve done all of the museum, but I love the place. I was excited to do it again.

Lauren’s picture. Janelle is on the steps

We started in the Egyptian section. We did Perneb’s tomb. I read some of the glyphs for Lauren and pointed out important pieces. I explained many of the items and funerary rituals. We ran into some of the girls’ Contiki tour mates. We did the Temple of Dendur which looked particularly pretty today since there was a ton of sunlight pouring in. I took them to my favorite galleries, 126 and 130. We used the restroom and Janelle decided to head out. She wanted to get back to her hotel and change before her Sex in the City Tour. We said our goodbyes. I was sad to see her go. I wish I could have spent more time with her. ūüė¶

Lauren and I then headed to the Greek and Roman area. They are always wonderful to look at. We saw a piece called the Boxer that was temporarily lent to the museum. So I had never seen it before. There was a guy sketching it and he was doing a really great job. After that we headed to the area on Central America. We found one of my favorite areas in the museum which are the French rooms. It is like being transported to Versailles. I then took Lauren to see the Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco which makes you feel like you stepped into Romeo and Juliet. We then headed upstairs to do the second floor.

The Boxer

We started with the paintings. We looked at Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, etc. After we came out of the painting area I saw a sign for the Punk exhibit. I’ve always wanted to do the Costume Institute at the MET, but never get around to it. So we did a detour to see the exhibit. There was no photography allowed. The clothes alternated between very strange and awesome. Some of the outfits were made out of everyday items like garbage bags. Many of the outfits seemed a bit more gothic than punk which is my taste. There were also some great shoes. There was one pair that was gladiator style from Versace and went all the way up the leg.

Then we headed to the Asian section. This section is filled with Buddhas and Hindu statues. However, my two favorite parts of this section are the Vadi Parshvanatha Jain temple (gallery 243)  and the Chinese Courtyard (gallery 217). Unfortunately, both were closed this time. We were still able to see the top of the temple though. There were some new items that I had never seen before including animals made out of bubbles. I also saw some of beautiful clothes. One gallery had a view of the Temple of Dendur, which is a view I wish I had.

After that we wandered over to the Art of Arab Lands. I had only seen a little bit of this exhibit because the last time I was here the majority of it was closed. Last time I looked at the items from Mesopotamia. I enjoyed seeing the Moroccan Court (gallery 456), the Damascus Room (gallery 461), the Mihrab (gallery 455), and all the Qurans and rugs. I was sad that the Assyrian Royal Court (gallery 401) was closed. I would have liked Lauren to see it. We got to see the special exhibit on the Cyrus Cylinder.

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: Charting a New Empire

Image from the MET’s website

Before we left I wanted to make sure Lauren saw the American Wing, which consists of the facade of the Branch Bank of the United States that they turned into a mansion filled with colonial rooms, paintings, furniture, and other artifacts. I love this part of the MET. It reminds me of the White House and I can easily picture our founding fathers walking around inside. One of my favorite rooms in the MET consists of images of Versailles and its gardens.

At that point it had been about four hours and I knew we were both tired and Lauren was probably hungry. Even though we hadn’t seen everything I figured it was time to go. We used the restroom and headed to the clearance shop and the regular shop. I bought two books (both on sale), an Egyptian pencil case (I always wanted one), and two postcards. Lauren picked up several items as well.

Even though it was extremely hot outside I figured Lauren might want to see some of Central Park since tomorrow was supposed to be even hotter and they might not get to it. I used my phone to plot out a path to Cleopatra’s Needle (otherwise I would get hopelessly lost because I seriously hate the park). We found the needle pretty quickly and though we were beyond melting and we stayed to admire it and take some pictures. I knew there was another interesting site nearby but I couldn’t remember where. So we wandered for a bit in the direction of the water and found a statue that said Poland on it. At that point my iphone was getting pretty hot so I put it away. Lauren took some pictures and we decided to find our way back. Our way back wound up being along a very long path. Thank goodness I read somewhere that the numbers on the lampposts tell you what direction you are heading, what block you are near, and how long until you hit the street, otherwise I would have felt that we were going to walk forever. We saw a statue of Hamilton on our way out. The path let us out at 85th and 5th and we had entered at 79th or 80th and 5th.

We originally were headed to H&H Bagels for lunch which is located at 81st and 2nd. So we walked the avenues while sweating buckets. We were both weighed down with big heavy bags from the MET. Every time we missed the light we would hide in the shade. We got to 85th and Lexington and I explained to Lauren how many more blocks we would have to walk to H&H. I told her Shake Shack was a block away and she agreed. We got to Shake Shack and it was very busy. We shared a table with a woman. I was soaked! My dress was drenched. I hate the heat!  Lauren got a cheeseburger, fries, and a water. I just got an ice cold water. That cold water was the most beautiful thing on Earth at that moment. I was too hot to really eat. I ate one of her fries and they were good. We chatted for a while about debt, university tuition, rent, homes, apartments, etc. I walked Lauren to 86th and 3rd and we said our goodbyes. I was sad to leave them. It had been a very hot but nice two days.

I went to H&M and caught an air conditioned train back home.

The results of my shopping in the last two days

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Sightseeing and Shopping in New York City

7/17/13

I met Janelle and Lauren at Pace. It was already 104 out. I took the girls to see City Hall thorough the gates. We decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. While we walked they looked at some of the vendors selling pictures. We took it slow and focused on how amazing the bridge and view are. We walked to the middle so they could see the plaques. Lauren bought a Times Sq. picture from the guy in the middle part of the bridge. We walked back and stopped in line with the 3rd floor windows at Pace. I texted my boss for her to go to the window and see if she could see us. She could. One of my students even waved. Not like we could see them. We were almost off the bridge when my cell phone rang. It was Lombardi’s confirming our reservation. Janelle stopped to buy a painting of a girl in Rome, Paris, London, and NYC.

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We walked back to Pace where we sat and cooled off. The AC and cold water seriously helped. We used the restroom and headed up Lafayette St to Canal St. I explained to them that Canal St was all about haggling, which is something Janelle is very good at. We walked up Canal on the right side. She bought lots of scarves for $5 a piece. She also bought bags for 1/3 of what the woman was originally charging.

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After that I took them into a Mahayana Buddhist temple. So they could see the giant Buddha. We walked to Prosperity Dumpling on Eldridge St. I was too hot to eat. They ordered boiled beef dumplings, boiled vegetable dumplings, and a sesame pancake with beef. I would have ordered the pancake if I wasn’t so hot. The smell of meat cooking always makes me sick but on top of being beyond super hot it was making me seriously want to puke. Since Prosperity is so small there was no where for us to eat plus I needed to escape the smell. We went across the street to Pace HS so I could drop stuff off and we could sit for a bit.

After they ate we headed back to Canal St to do the other side. We started walking and my shoes fell apart. The glue dried up. Thank you 104 weather. We went into a store where Janelle haggled for a while over PJ pants and a jumper aka jacket. She kept confusing the guy because be didn’t know what a jumper was. She wound up just getting pj pants. The next vendor had my shoes and said $5. I’ve never paid more than $2. The $2 had glitter or something special. I told her I pay $1. We argued for a while and I got her down to $3. I was desperate. We did several more vendors and I felt like I was going to pass out. I asked if we could go to Starbucks.

The Starbucks was crowded but we were lucky enough to find seats. Lauren got me a water. She had iced coffee and Janelle had some kind of refresher. We chatted for a bit about twins, prices in Australia, and Australian lingo.

We finished Canal st and I bought a pair of earrings for $8. They were originally $10. I probably could have gotten them for $6 but I wasn’t in the mood to haggle. We went to a store called Necessary Clothing on Canal. There was a pair of black shoes I liked for $9.99 but they didn’t have my size. I showed the girls what we consider a jumper. Janelle bought a dress. We left and Janelle wanted more of the black and white scarves. Luckily I remembered where the vendor was (the third one off of Lafayette). She bought more and we headed to Broadway.

We went to OMG! Where I saw a red and white shirt that would be perfect to be Saison Marguerite. It was only $9.99. The girls got some items as well. Next we headed to American Apparel. We walked out. We went to another Necessary Clothing. They had my shoes in my size! Janelle picked up a pair of boots for $5. I wanted this seafoam green dress but decided against it. The girls got several items. We took a picture of Janelle with all the bags and teased that she single handily ended America’s recession.

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We walked to Spring St to head to Lombardi’s for dinner. We were going to meet up with a big group of my friends for dinner. Only one of them had been to Lombardi’s before. We ran into their friend Bronte first. Then we saw my friend Rochelle. We went into the restaurant and since our party wasn’t all there yet they told us we could wait indoors. Danielo arrived next. Followed by Flora and then Jason. Cesar was last because of train issues. They were finally ready to seat us. They walked us through the main dining room, then the side dining room, then the kitchen, then a hallway, and then up a set of stairs. They pulled a ghetto NYC move and put a square table and a round table together for us. At Lombardi’s you have to order pizza by the pie. We ordered 3 pies. One with no cheese, garlic spinach, and sausage. One that was half plain and half with sausage. One that was half anchovy and half pepperoni. They wanted to try anchovy pizza. The pizzas came and looked yummy. I took a plain slice. The Aussies stuck to the no cheese pizza. My friends each took an anchovy slice to try. They thought the anchovy one was salty, but not bad. Cesar didn’t like it. As we went to eat our pizza I looked to the left of me and the Aussies were eating it flat and to the right of me all my New Yorker friends were eating it folded. We taught them to eat it like us. The pizza was good. The bread had a char on it and the sauce was sweet. It wasn’t oily at all. I liked it. So did everyone else. Another party arrived and they knew Jason. Small world. Passcell arrived and joined us in chatting. We taught the Aussies the word ratchet. I initiated a toast and we posed for a group picture. The check came out to $113 including tip. We took another picture with the Lombardi’s sign. The Aussies were tired and decided to go back to their hotel. The rest of us decided to catch Jason’s friends’ show.
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We walked to the Bitter End by NYU. It was a $5 cover and I wasn’t allowed to bring my water in. We found a table in the corner. There was a two drink minimum. I was forced to get a seltzer. We caught the last two songs from the previous band. The place became packed for the band we were there to see. The band was called Schucks Road. They were good and we had fun being our crazy selves. Our tab came at the end of the show and they charged us tip and a service charge. So a $3 seltzer became a lot more expensive. O well. We left and said our goodbyes.

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