New York, New York (part deux)

05.24.04

Just in from my long weekend vacation to NYC. Had an amazing time.

Got my fix of cheesy American chains – both restaurants and stores – I have no idea why I love them so much but it’s probably just the fact that we don’t have them at home. I bet I’d be bored with the chains if we did have them here.

Also got a culture fix. The Met was awesome. So was randomly running smack into the middle of the Salute to Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue when we exited the museum after several hours of getting cultured. I knew I would be missing the March to Jerusalem here in Montreal yesterday in order to go on this trip… but I had no idea such a huge event was taking place in New York. Needless to say, when I saw the thousands of people wearing t-shirts and waving flags, the parade floats blasting Israeli music, the Israeli flags hanging from the lampposts… I caught on pretty quick.

Got my Broadway fix too. Avenue Q was the most genius thing since, well, Sesame Street itself. Words cannot describe the brilliance of this show.

What I love about New York is the contrast between areas only a few blocks away. Times Square, with all its commercialized glitz and glitter… the high style of the Upper East Side (with the awesome bakery/deli selling M&M-covered pretzels)… the green oasis of Central Park, complete with sunbathers missing only the beach… the laid-back edginess of the Village, Washington Square and the NYU area… and no, we did not go to Ground Zero, mainly because it was too far out of the way, but we did see a touching memorial set up at a Fire Station.

Weather much nicer there than apparently was here. Waits at the border long and frustrating, of course… made worse by the union strike tactics… though I wish I’d have known this. Driving otherwise uneventful. Have come to the conclusion that cheesy 80s compilation CDs make for the best driving music.

Road trips rule. Back to reality tomorrow. Oh well, there’s always next time.

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