New York City
We've always wanted to visit New York. I went for a fast weekend with some friends about 6 or 7 years ago but we didn't do a lot of sightseeing. The daughter and I wanted to sightsee and visit a couple of colleges she's interested in attending.
We arrived late Saturday night, put our stuff away and walked to Times Square. It was awesome! There were so many people and so many lights. We tried a shish-kebab from one of the many carts and just people watched until we were too tired and cold!
The next day we visited The Empire State Building to pick up our NYC citypass booklet and because it took sooo long, we stayed to visit the observation deck! *sidenote: the pass is only worth it if you have a LOT of time! It doesn't get you in front of any lines so you spend a lot of time waiting which meant we didn't get to all of the things we wanted to do! And we were there for 3 full days!*
|Empire State Building|
After that we shopped and shopped! At least the daughter did! I pretty much just went along for the ride!
|Statue of Liberty|
The Ellis Island part of the trip was amazing. The audio tour featured people who'd come to America through the Ellis telling their own stories as well as some additional facts. There were pictures and items from the time period as well.
Since that took up most of our day we found a place to eat then went to visit The Museum of Modern Art (The MoMa). Afterwards we stopped by Magnolia's for cupcakes.
Tuesday was our college visiting day! Before we went to NYU though, we stopped at the Little Red Schoolhouse! We got to meet Jen Hubert Swan (@readingrants, Reading Rants), Stacy Dillon (@mytweendom, Welcome to My Tweendom) and Karyn Silverman (@infowitch, Someday My Printz Will Come) and Celeste! Not only was it amazing to meet these three phenomenal school librarians in person, their schools were outstanding as well. It was inspiring!
|New York University|
We ended up visiting Times Square once more! Going full circle so to speak! All in all it was a great trip! We rode the subway and the bus to get around. We felt like true New Yorkers. Can't wait to visit again!
New BlogsMy two main teen bloggers, Aneeqah and Lucy, both decided to start their blogs in the past week or so! Aneeqah (@AneeqahNSRL) now writes over at My Not So Real Life and Lucy (@KRWLucy) writes over at Keeping It Real With Lucy. When I recruited these two, I thought they'd be here to take over The Brain Lair when I "retire" but things don't always work out the way you plan! The blogging bug bit them both! I can't wait to read more of their thoughts! Hopefully, we'll have them back here for a few guest posts! In the meantime, please check out their blogs.
Of course, that means I need to dust off my blogging chair! I'd been taking it easy while they ran things over here!! Look for some minor changes at The Brain Lair as I get my feet wet, again!
Happy Easter everyone!