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North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley » Hudson April 23rd 2014

And so it begins. It is still dark, actually it is also a little chilly tonight but luckily I am already in the warm cabin of the five o'clock train to New York City. I am so grateful to Matthias who dropped me off to the train station. It was hard to say goodbye to Dr. Bose and Dr. Higgs. I am missing them already but I am lucky that I have friends such as Matze, Janneane, Liz and Nick who are a big reason why this trip is even possible. I am in the so called 'quite cabin'. First time that I have heard about this. Perhaps, due to the fact that I have never travelled this early on the train to NYC. The cabin is modestly full. Most people are continuing with their much ... read more

On the day we left New York City to head "upstate", it was hot. Brutally hot. While the mercury may not have been quite as high as Death Valley, any New Yorker knows the humidity and pollution make hot weather in NYC unbearable. We had decided to walk with our luggage (by this point it had expanded to 3 full-size bags plus our two "carry-on" backpacks) to Grand Central to save a few bucks. By the time we got to Grand Central, our aching backs and arms and the beads of sweat pouring off our faces let us know how silly of a decision that was. We collapsed into a heap at a table in the dining concourse of Grand Central. I went upstairs to purchase tickets for Poughkeepsie and then waited patiently in line for ... read more
Hudson Valley Sunset
Winding Hills Park
Cafes in Beacon

North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley January 17th 2013

No place to go tonight at least - but tomorrow we are off! To the exotic land of... New Jersey! From there, we head off on our adventure to... Queens, NY! From LaGuardia at 6am, we'll really start the first leg of our journey southbound to Guatemala! What do I have to say now, then? Why are you reading a blog post from Millerton NY? I don't know - I have a silly tradition of writing a pre-trip blog post, so here we are. Okay, enough fluff - here's the plan: 5 weeks in Central America. First three weeks we'll be headquartered in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala. Monday through Thursday, I'll be working remotely for my US clients and Sara will take spanish classes in town. On weekends, we'll take trips - you know, hike ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley » Hudson April 24th 2012

The Hudson River School Artist and one of America's most important painters, Frederick Church, fashioned Olana in the style of a Moorish castle. Church's family home (and studio) is situated high atop a mountain along the Hudson River between Germantown and the City of Hudson, NY. Our visit to Olana was in the late fall of 2011, but things don't change at Olana. In fact, the housewares, art, books, and souveniers from Frederick Church and family's significant voyages abroad are virtually intact - just as they were when they lived there. The property is part of the New York State Park's system. The paintings, sculpture and furnishings Frederic and Isabel Church acquired over the course of their lives was described by a 19th century guest as, "a museum of fine arts rich in bronzes, paintings, sculptures ... read more
Olana Interior
Olana Exterior
Taking It From the Top

North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley » Hudson April 17th 2012

At 11.00 am went along with Nandhini to Subzi Mandi and then to Little Flower montessori School to pick up Sahana. Had a peep of classroom from outside. Fixed an appointment to take a tour of the classrooms at 3.30pm tomorrow..which is after school hours. Not allowed inside during school hours. Had lunch of keerai kootu and omlette. Packed egg sandwiches for the bus tour. Nandhini dropped us at Metuchen station at 1.30pm on the way to Sahana's Ballet class. Walked from Penn Station at 7th avenue for quite a distance..down 5 blosks to 12th avenue to NYC Sightseeing Cruise. Was just on time for the last 4.00pm cruise. The cruise on the Hudson river lasted an hour..was okay. After cruise had to walk back 5 blocks down 42nd street to catch the bus for the ... read more
Eat eat
Subji Mandi

So, it's a little more then a month till I leave. I'm starting to take stock of what I have to do to prepare... Visa? It's on it's way. The Turkish Embassy has my passport as I type, I'm sure diligently looking over my records and (hopefully) seeing that I'm not a threat to their country. Packed yet? Absolutely not. I have no idea where to begin with packing. I'm still not sure if I'm studying in Prague for the Spring semester. I assume I'll figure it out when I get there.... one of the problems with this plan though is that I have no idea what type of stuff to pack. Istanbul is hot. Prague is cold. If I wind up staying in Istanbul then I'll just have lugged a bunch of heavy winter clothes ... read more

So, I guess this is my first official blog post. It's now 60 days before I leave for England. Right now I'm not thinking much about it, I only really think about when people talk about going back to school and I think oh right, I'm not going back this year... This will be the longest time I've been home in two years, which is... alright? Kingston is ok so long as you have friends, are easily amused, have a car, and a job (or serious hobby if you're into that.) I have 3/4 of them. Well I have friends, but considering I haven't really been around in 2 years I'm not too sure who to call, or if they would even have the same numbers. So right now I'm crocheting a blanket... which might actually ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley September 3rd 2010

August 21 - August 31st As mentioned in the last entry, we had a great time visiting with family at lock 8 on the Erie Canal. We then pushed off from there on August 21st and headed toward Waterford. Made it through the flight of 5 locks which ended the locking through of the Erie Canal. We have only great things to say about all of the lockmasters - they all are very friendly and go out of the way to be helpful and provided very useful information. Got to the Waterford visitor center wall and found a space which was great. Waterford is very “boater friendly” - they have free showers, free wi-fi, grocery store within walking distance and volunteers to let you know what is available in town - really great people. We had ... read more
Checking out the boat
Some more visitors
a family picnic

North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley » Hudson August 21st 2010

The HUDSON VALLEY has become one of our favorite spots. A funky area with many, many small towns - each unique in its own way. An area where we have spend many a weekend just driving and driving - discovering road after road and town after town. It all started with the HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL in Garrison, NY. A more perfect setting for a Shakespeare production (or any other production for that matter) there probably is not. Nestled on the banks of the Hudson river straight across from the West Point Academy sits a little piece of property with orchards, beautiful lawns and a white tent pitched for a Shakespeare play performance like no other. We made the "trek" up to the venue really not knowing what to expect. We got there and found people ... read more
Garrison, NY
Garrison, NY
Garrison, NY

North America » United States » New York » Hudson Valley » Kingston August 8th 2009

Just two months after we attended the wedding at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY, and just two days after exiting our cruise ship from Canada, we find ourselves once again in the area for another wedding and back onto a boat. About twenty miles north of New Paltz, on the western side of the Hudson River, is the town of Kingston, New York State’s first capital. The drive along the river gave nice scenic views, spotted surprisingly frequently with religious retreats and monasteries, whose impressive stone structures add a historic feel to the area, though perhaps their many gift shops did not. The GPS takes us along an old, infrequently used bridge, which stretches its skinny two lane body across a tributary river. Kingston’s waterfront, called the Rondout, is a nice area to walk ... read more
Kingston waterfront

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