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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens July 24th 2014

I am currently writing this from home, which I guess is a bit strange for a travel site, but I never knew this place existed until today. I do intend to use this journal to record my future trips--and maybe write out some memories from past adventures--but I think the majority of my first few posts will revolve around my move to Canada, which is in 3 months. I married a Canadian, and we decided it would be best for me to emigrate North. I'm very excited! But first, to familiarize myself with this website.. ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 23rd 2014

April 22, 2014 JFK Airport New York, NY Well I'm sitting at Tigin in JFK so I guess you can say that my journey has begun! I am enjoying a beer and watching the Yankee's play the Red Sox at Fenway. There is not much that is more American than baseball and beer and since this will be my last time in America for the next week I might as well enjoy it. I will be traveling to the motherland, Italy. This journey was a year in the making and a welcomed retreat indeed. In just a few hours I will be in Milan where I am meeting a Mr. Raymond Soha. I know little about my new travel companion but that only adds to the excitement of my adventure. He was the friend of Fr. ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens October 12th 2013

Hey you all this is the first of the trip. My mom and I got this opportunity to go with the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce to China! Exciting. It's 3:00pm about two hours till take off to China. Can't wait! Attached to this blog are a couple of photos of our plane. There is not much to report on until tomorrow.... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens January 13th 2013

Now is the time to get on board at MYLAYOVER!!! All those questions, comments, text about where to go and what to do are now at your fingertips! Who needs yoga? Vegan food? A good mall or movie times in a city? Step right up and let me know what you need!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens October 10th 2012

I am currently a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma. I decided to take this class called the New York Media Tour. During fall break our class would be going to NYC and touring Clear Channel, CBS, the IRTS Foundation, and the PaleyCenter. Wednesday I arrived at the airport in OKC at around 10. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 12:20. The flight took off and we arrived in Atlanta. A few of us ate at Chiles in the airport. After that it was soon time to board for New York. That evening we arrived in New York. We took a shuttle to our hotel in Queens. We stayed at the Comfort Inn just for that one night. Jade, Kacey and I decided to go find dinner. We ended up going to eat dinner ... read more

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North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens July 20th 2012

...in the form of rain greeted us when we woke up in NYC after our little sojourn in Washington DC which cooled things down somewhat so we didn't complain. Having been told by Kerrii & Seb what a great movie "Moonrise Kingdom" was (which they'd been to see while they were childfree) we too decided to check it out. Starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitell & others, it was an excellent and extremely funny movie. From there we headed off to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue as I had to get something sorted out with regards to downloading photos onto the iPad. Business sure is well in the Apple world if the amount of people in there was anything to go on; it was almost wall to wall people! Anyway I got ... read more
Statue on 5th
Looking down at a lower level in MOMA
Marcel Duchamp's "To Be Looked At...

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 30th 2012

Sitting in a restaurant in the slightly gross JFK airport, realizing how spoiled we are in Indiana with our brand-new facilities... A close friend reminded me today that 2 weeks from now would be 1 year since my last trip to Europe. It's amazing how much can happen to someone during an abroad experience and the aftermath. Last June I flew to Venice with my mother and her mother for a trip that was bound to be the ultimate bonding experience. At that point I was in a completely different mental state from the one I am in now. With a rocky ending to my relationship with my high school boyfriend, I was only beginning to remember what a strong woman I could be by myself. In contrast, I'm starting this trip with the knowledge that ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 28th 2012

We got up early. Gracie took the subway to Penn Station and hopped on a train to Rochester, where she will be for the next two weeks. After she left, I took a shower and finished the bit of packing that had to wait until morning, like my laptop and toiletries. I didn't take any pictures for today's blog because I lent her my camera, so I'll just add the first one I took, about two minutes after we first arrived in NYC on April 14. It's a plaque embedded into the sidewalk near Grand Central Station. I called a cab to take me to Grand Central Station to pick up the bus to Newark, but on the way the Moroccan driver talked me into letting him take me to Newark, since he was on his ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 25th 2012

We were meeting my cousin Joan and her daughter Jen in Long Island City, so we started out early and headed in that direction. First, the Isamu Noguchi Museum and Sculpture Garden is a block from the river. Noguchi was a sculptor, landscape architect, and theatrical set designer who lived and worked in LIC. He created the Red Cube in the Financial District, and the Sunken Fountain at Chase Plaza, among other public art. The Noguchi Table (1948), with its distinctive yin-yang design, is still in production today. He also designed stage sets for Martha Graham, George Ballanchine, and others. Noguchi opened his museum in LIC in 1985 as the culmination of his commitment to public art, using a 60-foot tree-of-heaven (ailanthus altissima) as a focal point. When the tree started to die, threatening to fall ... read more
Eating the Sky sign at the Park's Entrance
Gracie's Great Adventure Playhouse
Hello Gracie - Hello Kitty

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens April 24th 2012

Today was another day of discovery, but first I took some photos of the great little place we rented for our time in NY. It’s near the subway, buses, and shopping, and is not far from the block where I grew up. I highly recommend www.airbnb.com to anyone planning to visit a large city. Previous guests had rated our hosts very highly, so it didn’t feel like a gamble, and it has worked out beautifully. Gracie and I started wandering, and found ourselves in an area with a Middle Eastern vibe. Apparently part of Steinway St is called “Little Egypt,” and the shops and restaurants left no doubt as to the culture of the neighborhood. Storefronts and buildings sported vibrant paint colors and graphics. We passed several hookah bars, and many of the store signs were ... read more
Back garden looking E
Back garden looking SE
Gracie's bed and the kitchenette




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