Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day Two (and Three)

I thought for sure I'd be able to do this daily blogging. I set the bar way too high. First of all, the internet connection here at the hotel is the pits! I tried to watch a YouTube video with a friend and this minute long, ahem 56 seconds long, video took over an hour to load!

Anyway, yesterday after surviving day one of the institute we decided to head out on recommendation to Joe's Shanghai for some 'dumplings'. The dumplings actually ended up being 'hot pork buns' but there were delicious! We had a little difficulty navigating our way there and then out again but oh well, it's all in the adventure.

After dinner we strolled up to Rockefeller Center for some pictures. We happened upon Magnolia Bakery, with an amazingly short line, and popped in for a pumpkin cupcake. YUM! Also along the way we passed Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and a gorgeous setting sun on the streets of New York.

We then made our way back to the hotel for our first night of homework.

Tonight we headed to the South Street Seaport to check out the Bodies Exhibition. Wow. That really was something else. At first I thought I might not be able to handle the images, stomach wasn't feeling so hot, but after getting past the first few, I really began to enjoy this unique look into the human body.

After that, it was to Nick's Big Burger/Pizza joint right around the corner from our hotel. We each had a burger, mine on challah, and each were great! And as Kathy noticed, it was our cheapest meal yet!

On the docket for tomorrow, after class of course, is to head down to the Staten Island Ferry for a little free tour, then up to Ground Zero and Trinity Church, and finally meeting a new colleague at Lombardi's for some well deserved New York Pizza.

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