As I mentioned last week, my mom and I went to New York City for a few days.
On Wednesday morning, we went to the 9/11 memorial. It’s a nice memorial; it’s very tasteful, and about as peaceful a place as you can find in a city. After that, we went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. That was neat. Ellis Island I would like to see again to explore parts of it we didn’t get to see.
That night we went to see a Broadway show: Wicked. It’s the backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. I liked it a lot. The scenery was quite impressive. So was the music. And I enjoyed the story, even though parts of it were sad; giving a sympathetic backstory to a villain is something that’s right up my alley.
Thursday morning we took a tour of the New York Public Library. It was really cool. The building is beautiful, and we only saw a fraction of it. Unfortunately, the main reading room was closed, but we did get to see the original toys that inspired Winnie the Pooh. And then we had to go in the gift shop and buy things.
The other main things we did that day were walk and eat. We walked through Times Square, which, frankly, was entirely too loud and busy and city-ish for my liking. Then we went to Ray’s Pizza, but we had the address for the wrong one and ended up walking forever. The pizza was delicious though.
After that we were kind of beat, but while we were fairly close to it, we rode the subway to Central Park and saw a tiny bit of that before returning to our apartment to crash for a while. That evening we went to a hole-in-the-wall Dominican restaurant for dinner (we were probably the only non-Spanish-speaking people in there). We did not like mofongo, but everything else we ordered was good. Then we found a bakery and got chocolate and crashed at the apartment again and watched The Man Who Never Was because I’d been rereading the book and that had made us want to rewatch the movie.
It was a wonderful trip. We were tired and sore by the end, but we had a lovely time. I’m glad we went.