A brief explanation of what I did over my break.
It was a fantastic vacation full of friends, fun, and plenty of relaxation. Now that the quarter has begun things are again going to be hectic in my life, hopefully this time around I’ll learn how to budget my time more efficiently.
Hope you all had a wonderful hump day!
As of Friday the quarter was officially over. Hurrah! This past week has been full of less stress, complete
laziness relaxation , and more television than I ever though I could handle. It has been great. I’ll admit it has been less productive than I would have hoped for, but I have to let myself slide after a very rigorous quarter. I just have to be serious with myself, I worked my ass off for ten weeks so now it is time to breath and enjoy the little things. (I deserve it?) And now I can spend the rest of the vacation doing more exciting things!
Later today I ship off for my tour of three states in two weeks. This evening I’ll be touching down in Denver, Colorado for a few days of skiing and overdosing on homemade Indian food. My friend from Stanford invited me into his brother’s house and I couldn’t be more excited. Instead of Christmas, we’ll be celebrating his nephew’s first birthday (I bought him the coolest hooded towel, I hope he likes it!). And I’m going to teach them the art of a Jewish Christmas, can you say Chinese food and a movie marathon? Then I’ll spend the rest of the time on the slopes, laughing too hard while my friend struggles to learn to ski, and sipping hot cocoa.
And before I know it, I’ll be off to Seattle, Washington to enjoy the museums, architecture, and ice cream (apparently it is award worthy). My friend in Seattle happens to be a professional magician and treehouse builder, I can’t wait to see some of the amazing structures he built over the past few years. I’ve only been to the city once (with my mother), so I’m hoping this visit will be a bit more exciting. If anyone has suggestions on what to see or do, I’d love to hear them!
Then I’ll be shipping south to the lovely state of Texas to see my lovely Laura and Sarah!! I cannot wait to see these two again. I’ve never been to Texas (other than for a layover) so it will be interesting to spend some time there. I’m not sure what we’ll do exactly, but I know it will be absolutely fantastic. I’m looking forward to plenty of down south cooking, nights out, and Texan accents. Perhaps we’ll even explore Austin since I’ve heard great things about the city.
Needless to say I’m quite excited for this adventure! I’ll do my best to take plenty of photos. In fact, my parents gifted me with a new digital camera for Hanukkah so I have no excuse not to these days. Now off to finish packing (nothing like saving it til the last minute :).
What are your holiday plans this year?
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmahanakwanza!
First thing we did? Well we were all hungry and ready for lunner (or dinch?). To satisfy all of our food requirements I selected Darbar, an Indian restaurant near our hotel. Funny thing, apparently Laura had never tasted proper Indian food. Glad I could help her out on that front. The food was fantastic. We had quite the spread with garlic and cheese naan, mutter paneer, veggie samosas, and more.
Yesterday was filled with even more delicacies. Before setting off on our walking tour of the city, we stopped to grab an authentic New York bagel. To do it up properly I threw on lox with all the fixings. (It was necessary.) Then it was off to Central Park.
At some point in my life I’d love to live in NYC and enjoy all the outdoor activities Central Park has to offer. Perhaps I’ll even run the New York Marathon at some point (pipe dreams). There were hundreds of people running and biking around the paths. And plenty of pedicabs begging for business. One gent asked if we wanted to rent a “sexy” bike. Since I don’t have a damn clue I’m willing to offer ten points if you can tell me what qualifies as a sexy bike!
Eventually we became sick of nature and decided to do something even more touristy – retail therapy. I can’t even begin to explain how much shopping there was on this trip, but I will note that I only purchased earrings (and food…). Since shopping made us ravenous, we hopped in to a Latin grill which served up some fantastic salads. I’m going to be adding this salad to my recipe collection, have to increase my arsenal so I can eat at home.
After dropping quite a bit of cash, we took the subway downtown to find Carrie’s stoop. I didn’t watch Sex and the City, but Sarah was excited to check it out. And since we were in the area we had to peruse Peanut Butter and Co. Want to get me a house-warming present? I’ll take a jar or seven of the Might Maple. So delicious (and it has protein so it is technically nutritious, right?).
It was another few whirlwind days, unfortunately all good things must come to an end. I’m currently on the bus back to Philadelphia and the girls are stranded at the airport waiting for their plane. Can’t express how happy I am to have met them and I’ll miss them dearly. To keep me company on the ride home I brought my computer (thank goodness for WiFi) and a Momofuku compost cookie. We’ll see how long that thing lasts…
What is your favorite restaurant or part of NYC? Where do you typically eat on vacation?