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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan May 29th 2019

New York, NY (May 29, 2019) Sitting at my desk about 14 hours after the 14 hour flight back, I'm reflecting through the brain fog the time zone change brings. I think my underlying impression, and one that is so hard to communicate to those that haven't experienced it, is the sheer scale of almost everything in China. Both problems and their solutions have a totally different perspective when one considers a population of 1.3 billion people. Seeing 10,000 patients a day in an outpatient facility, moving 2 million people out of Mianyang after the 2008 earthquake because a breach in the dam threatened the city, reconstruction of the bridges, tunnels, roads and buildings after the earthquake, the burden of cataract blindness with 1.2 million people blind from cataract in Sichuan province alone. The whole issue ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan March 27th 2019

High on Life, high on love, high on The Highline walk and High in rooftop bars Twenty-five years ago (March 26, 1994) we were married barefoot on a glistening white sandy beach in Barbados listening to the intoxicating roar of the ocean waves surrounded by good friends and family. Banks beer and rum drinks flowed and island music played. At that time we vowed to attempt to celebrate our bigger wedding anniversaries on an island. On our 5thanniversary we went back to Barbados to celebrate, our 10thwe spent it in Fiji on Matamanoa Island, our 15thwas on Sanibel Island, Florida, we were off to explore Ireland for our 20thanniversary. We decided our 25thanniversary should be spent on one of the more famous islands in America so here we are in Manhattan. No regrets is our motto. ... read more
Skyscrapers
Birding in Central Park
Great pizza!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 24th 2019

Over the past 15 years or so I’ve been to NYC on a good number of occasions but mostly for day trips and rarely for a weekend. My family and I have enjoyed many Broadway plays, Radio City Music Hall, the ballet, a museum or two, and some fun restaurants. One event I’ve been wishing to attend has always been just out of reach for one reason or another. That event is the “New York Times Travel Show,” and this year my wish was fulfilled! Now a fixture on New York City’s winter events calendar, each January brings the much-anticipated travel show to those of us seeking travel destinations inspiration. Staged in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this marked the 16th year that this 2-day event has been held. Last year's show topped 30,000 in ... read more
Shades of New Orleans

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 9th 2018

Nov 11, 2018 (New York) - Getting ready for the long haul over to the Middle East for a short stop over before flying on to Bangladesh. It seemed like we had a lot of time planned to be on the ground, but given the tight schedule. I land at 2 am on November 11 (local) and we start meetings at 8:30 and push through the whole day. The work in Bangladesh is being coordinated through a large local NGO( BRAC). The plan calls for trips to local facilities in Dhaka, but also travel to Cox's Bazar and the large refugee camp near there. Considering local travel constraints, I'm packing only "carry on" - got it all into a small back pack! More soon!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 24th 2018

Let the self indulgence begin! I’m on VACATION!! Oh, and so is Susan. We are in the lounge where she is swilling free tomato juice like it was, er, free while I type this while sitting in a – wait for it – comfy chair! Such decadence. And when I finish this, oatmeal! Yee and haw. We splurged and upgraded to business class – at least for the leg to Montreal. Upgrading on the New York leg would actually cost MORE than the Edmonton run. Go figure. And since even tourist class on the New York flight is only two seats across, we get to sit together, which is the most important part. As long as Susan gets the window and I get the aisle, we’re golden. (And, yes, thank you, I am aware of the ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 8th 2018

After a long period of anticipation and planning, today our vacation has finally begun. We were up bright and early and headed for the airport. Well it certainly was early - earlier than when it was bright outside. Valerie was kind enough to stay at our house last night so she could get us to the airport by 5:00 this morning. The flight was not scheduled to leave until 7:00, but we wanted to avoid any possible TSA / airline problems. Anyway, she got us and our luggage loaded in her car and delivered at this really early hour – we kind of had an overnight Uber Driver. THANK YOU. We made it through the formalities at the airport without any problems and still had time for a light breakfast before boarding the plane. The flight ... read more
Times Square
Radio City Music Hall
Broadway Theater

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 8th 2018

The countdown is on! In 4 weeks Ruby, mum and I will be in the midst of a great 9 day vacay in NEW YORK! We are trying to make the trip as easy as possible. Staying away from most of the tourist traps (most .....) and just BEING. Soaking up the vintage stores, the food, the river walks, the atmosphere and the general vibe of being in the Big Apple. We are staying between Little Italy and Chinatown - my mouth waters just thinking about it. Close enough to everything, but far enough away from Midtown to feel like we aren't true tourists. We have been to New York quite a few times - having lived in Connecticut for 18 months the 1.5 hour drive was really easy to do. But we were tourists those ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 7th 2018

Started with an early breakfast, glad to see that the weather was different from yesterday which was about 93 degrees and poured at the end of the day.Left the hotel and walked to the bike shop, about 10 blocks, got organized, broken into 2 groups. Our group leader was Johanns, orginally from Austria and our sweep (followed at the back to pick up the pieces) Chris, originally from the Finger lakes area of NY, came here to college and never left. Began riding 'in traffic' which was quite harrowing especially at first. Only a couple blocks to Central Park which was better because there were few cars but fast bikes, pedicabs, pedestrians, etc. Stopped frequently for Johanns to give us some background and history. First hour or so, it seemed we walked more than rode. There ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 21st 2018

We used the Hop On Hop Off bus as a taxi today, so got on one headed uptown, and got off at the start of Central Park. Walked along the edge of the park to the horse and carriages, plenty lined up today, a bit cooler than Monday. Had a short ride through Central Park, then the carriage has to go out onto 5th Ave in all the traffic to get back to the start - that was a little interesting. Decided to go across to the Plaza Hotel, found the food court downstairs, so sat and had coffee. Time for some (window) shopping along 5th Ave, past all the high end stores (and a few churches), only one we went into was Lindt! Also walked past the Trump Tower (the one he lives in when ... read more
Central Park
On 5th Ave
Yep, that's us!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 20th 2018

We were undecided today whether to go up the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre - ESB is taller, but further away (would need us to use the bus again, and hard to get back), Top of the Rock (the observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre) is not as tall, has a timed entry (so could be waiting a while) but easier to get to. Had our lazy hats on, so Top of the Rock won! Walked to the main entrance on 50th St, found the ticket desk, they asked did we want to go up straight away, so did not have to come back for a timed entry. Just had to psych myself up for the elevator ride, which goes up to the 67th floor in 42 seconds. Top of the elevator is clear, ... read more
Statue of Libery (from TOTR)
Looking down on the lower deck
Central Park (from TOTR)




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