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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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Boston in College

During my freshman year of college I went to Boston with a tour bus full of people from my college. Our original plan was Boston and Salem. Salem didn’t work out because our bus broke down and we had to change buses in the middle of nowhere. My suitcase was broken in this process. When we finally got to Boston it was already dark. We were staying in the outskirts of Boston in Somerville. It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which we found out is a big deal in Boston.

My friends drank, danced, and laughed for hours in the hotel room while I watched in amusement. We were warned that the subway shuts down at midnight which we thought was beyond stupid. A small group of us headed out to Quincy Market. On the platform my friends sang and danced on the benches, while I made sure they didn’t end up in the tracks. When we finally got out of the subway my friend Kathleen went into oncoming traffic and almost got hit by a car, but I pulled her back at the last second. The funny thing is that it happened right by the Boston Massacre site.

When we got to Quincy Market Michael left us to catch up with his friends. The girls and I checked out the Cheers gift shop and whatever else was open. We posed with some guys dressed as leprechauns. Molly’s friend joined us. Kathleen and I were standing in the middle of the market (it’s a round open area) when a guy came over to us and hugged us while saying beam me up Scotty. His wife wasn’t too happy with him. Once we left the market it was crazy. Everyone was drunk! One of my friends was running around looking for her glove while the other was making out with random guys. I eventually got us to a 7-11 to pump food into them. Then I dragged them back on the subway to our hotel. There was no way in hell I was missing the last train before midnight. Our friends wound up missing the last train and had a horrible expensive time getting back. Once back in our hotel room a group of drunk guys tried to get into our room, but I wouldn’t let them. They gave up once they realized I was sober.

The next day we all woke up early and went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It was fun and strange at the same time. Lots of weird floats. Afterwards we met up with Molly’s friends who dragged us around for what seemed like hours. Kathleen and I had enough. We were starving, freezing, and tired. We broke away and walked in search of food, comfort, and warmth. We found a Borders. The people at the Borders cafe felt so bad for us. They picked out the biggest m&m Rice Krispie treats and poured lots of whipped cream and chocolate sauce in our hot chocolates. We could have kissed them. We went back to the same 7-11 we were in the night before. We then met up with our group and did the Freedom Trail. We didn’t do Bunker Hill though. We ended at the Old North Church. We took Hanover St. Back down to Quincy Market. All the pastry places looked so good! A bunch of us decided to eat in a seafood place by Quincy Market. I got Mac n cheese. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t enough food. Back to our 7-11 and then we headed back to our hotel. Kathleen, Molly, and I rented the movie Bobby.

The next day Kathleen and I took the bus to Cambridge. We walked around for a while using my guidebook. My guidebook said we could go into this old building so we did. We wound up getting yelled at because it was the President’s office and is closed to the public. Stupid guide book. After that we opted for a Harvard history tour. We had a student show us around campus and tell us the history of all the buildings. She did the whole pahk yah cah at hahvad yahd bit. We met up with the whole group for dinner at Uno’s.

The bus ride home was a mixture of sleeping and karaoke. I think we also watched the Simpsons at one point. The trip was short, but fun.

Our karaoke videos (that’s not me singing):

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Boston for my Birthday

April 28 2013

Today is my birthday! So I decided I wanted to stay local and do a bunch of historical sites. I picked many of the sites on the Freedom Trail.

Our first stop was an army store where we bought my dad a Boston shirt. Then we took pictures outside the Old South Meeting House. We passed the location of the old Borders that has a soft spot in my heart because they revived my friend Kathleen and I years ago when we were beyond cold, tired, and hungry. We passed the 7-11 we frequented during my Boston trip with my college. We went into Potbelly Sandwiches looking for the chocolate brownie cookie a friend recommended to me, but they didn’t have it.

We continued on to the Old State House. I’ve always wanted to go inside. We caught a tour of the museum. The tour was informative and it was interesting to hear about the many uses of the building. We then caught the Boston Massacre tour. I learned a couple new things on the tour. I gave all the right answers to the tour guide’s questions so I couldn’t help but be proud of my memory. 🙂 My mom and I went into the gift shop. I bought some postcards. I really wanted to a join or die snake shirt, but didn’t feel like spending $16.

We left and then went to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. I went looking for the restaurant my college friends and I ate at. However, it was no longer there. I wanted to go to get the name. We walked through the food area. My mom and I got some free samples. The Greek food looked so good but it was expensive. I really wanted some Mac n cheese from the mac n cheese vendor. There was an entire store for One Direction, which I thought was hilarious. So many of the girls were walking around with life size one direction cut outs. I took a picture in the center of the market to commemorate the stranger that came up to Kathleen and I and said beam me up Scotty. We stopped at the gift shop, but I didn’t buy anything. We left the gift shop and caught the bus to Bunker Hill.

I was really excited to finally do the Bunker Hill Monument (even though it’s really Breed’s Hill). I’ve done the real Bunker Hill before. We got off the bus and walked through a cute quiet neighborhood. The monument looks exactly like the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, the bottom is graffitied. We decided not to walk up. We crossed the street and went to the museum. The museum is two floors and the better part is on the 2nd floor. They have artifacts from the Battle of Bunker Hill and from the Boston Massacre. There’s a button in the back that tells you about the Battle of Bunker Hill. We used the restroom in the basement, bought a postcard, and left.

We decided we were going to walk to Paul Revere’s House. We were going to make sure that on our way we passed the Old North Church. As we crossed the bridge you could see the church sticking out. If the modern buildings weren’t around you easily could have seen lanterns hanging in the church on that famous night. On our way to the sites we passed a bakery that’s open 24/7 everything looked absolutely amazing, but we didn’t have a fridge in our hotel. So we bought cookies. I got chocolate rugelach and it was incredible. We walked down the street to the church. There was a gift shop across the street that was cheap so we got some things in there. We took pictures of the outside of the church. I didn’t pay to go in because I’ve done it before. We went to the official gift shop where I got a pillbox to add to my collection.

We took what was supposed to be a connecting alleyway to Paul Revere’s House. It wasn’t direct. We passed a printer’s press shop. I took a free postcard from there. We finally found Revere’s house. We paid and went right in since there’s no official tour. You only see 4 rooms: the kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. You have to read the signs to feel like you are on a tour. It was just ok, but my mom liked it. The admission price was super cheap so it was worth seeing.

After that we headed back to the bakery we were at before. I got more rugelach but the woman gave me pieces without much chocolate and were very small. The bag wound up ripping outside of the bakery and they all fell all the floor. The bakery was nice enough to replace them free of charge. We walked down Hanover St. And saw all the famous bakeries with their lines out the door. We walked back to Quincy Market and I bought one oft bosses a pen. We continued on and walked to the Omni Parker Hotel.

The Omni Parker is beautiful and immediately transports you to another time. We went to Parker’s bar. We took a lovely table for two that faced Old City Hall. We ordered the plain pizza and shared it. It was enough for the two of us. It was pricey, but hey it was my birthday and it was good. However, the main reason we came here was for the famous Boston Cream Pie. It was small, but beautiful. It tasted great! The bathroom was huge!!!! 20 stalls. The floor with the bathroom felt haunted. Overall, it was a beautiful yummy historic birthday dinner.

I convince my mom to go with me to Make Way for Ducklings. I loved it when I was a little girl and wanted a picture there on my birthday. Someone had made hats for the ducks. They were so cute!!! We picked up some whoopie pies from 7-11 and went back to our hotel. I don’t want to leave!!!

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Lexington and Concord

April 27 2013

We woke up early so we could catch a train to Alewife Station. From Alewife Station we would have to catch a bus to Lexington. The bus is only once an hour so we didn’t want to miss it. We arrived at Alewife Station and had 40 minutes to wait. My mom got a muffin at Dunkin Donuts in the station and I used the ladies room, which was surprisingly super clean. Our bus finally arrived and we had the pleasure of traveling with a very drunk annoying man.

About 20 mins later we were let off at the Lexington Visitors Center. We purchased our Liberty Ride tickets. Then we immediately took off for the 11am Hancock Clarke House Tour. We walked for a bit and didn’t see it. So we turned back and went to the visitors center. Turns out we were on the right block, but had to walk past about 11 houses to find it.

We arrived late for the tour and my mom convinced the guy to let us on the tour. We watched a short film about the battles of Lexington and Concord. Our tour guide was in a costume and showed us the two levels of the house. She told us about the house and the activities that took place on the night when the regulars (the British) were coming. The tour was informative and I enjoyed it. My allergies were really bad and the tour guide and I felt like someone was sitting on our chest.

We raced to the Buckman Tavern to catch the 12pm tour. Our tour guide was in costume again. We were only shown the first floor of the tavern, which was about four rooms. Again we learned about the tavern in general, the owners, and the night’s activities. One of my favorite things were the window coverings. Each window covering showed you the view from that room in the 1700’s. We then went into the gift shop where I bought postcards.

We walked around Lexington to kill time. Everything in the town was boring and expensive. We went to the visitors center to pick up the Liberty Ride trolley. The trolley wound up being late.

We boarded the 1pm trolley and sat on the right side (the better side). All the important sites were pointed out to us. We saw where Paul Revere was captured, Louisa May Alcott’s house, Emerson’s house, etc. We pulled over at the Old North Bridge. We learned about the battle that took place. We were able to take pictures with the monuments and the bridge. It was surreal to be on the bridge. I had seen pictures and read about this bridge countless times.

We boarded the trolley again. I raised my hand to indicate that I wanted the trolley to stop at the Concord Museum. I wanted to see Revere’s lantern and then I was going to cross the street and do the Orchard House. However, they didn’t see my hand and drove right by the stop. They were supposed to stop even if I didn’t raise my hand. I WAS SO PISSED!!! They drove us back to the visitors center. I wanted to stay on and go back and do the Concord Museum. However, the trolley people were really mean and said we would be stranded there if we got off there. I wanted to get off at the Orchard House stop and cross the street to The Concord Museum. The bus would then pick up at the museum stop in 30 mins. They couldn’t understand that and pretty much insisted me didn’t do that. So much for their hop on hop off concept. I was livid!!! We spent a lot of money and didn’t get what we paid for. I stormed off down the street to wait for our bus to Alewife Station.

We waited at Panera. I was seething. I always make plans and we always accomplish them. Usually we not only accomplish them but we do more than what was planned. I really should not have listened to the tour people and just should have stayed on and did my own thing. GRRRR. 45 minutes later our bus showed up and we then took the train to Maggiano’s.

We arrived at Maggiano’s and they were packed!!! We were over 1.5 hrs early for our reservation. We were early because we didn’t do the Orchard House and Concord Museum. They promised they would seat us earlier despite the 1.5 hr wait they were telling people without a reservation. We were so hungry! The last I ate was a handful if saltines at like 8am. It was now 5pm. They seated us an hour later. They happened to seat us in the same booth we had the last time we were there. We immediate ordered fried zucchini and a flat bread. The zucchini was really good (like always) and the flatbread was delicious. I started to feel nauseous so we decided to take the dessert sampler to go.

We got back to the hotel and put on CSI. We had two apple cobblers, Creme brûlée, chocolate cake, cheesecake, and tiramisu. The cobblers were out of this world. I shared the chocolate cake and cheesecake with my mom they were really good when smushed together. My mom ate the tiramisu and most of the brûlée. It was our first time trying it and we both enjoyed it. What a great way to end a so so day.

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