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Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007

Just as a public service anouncement, when you're ever traveling without readily accessible internet, check to see if the city you're in has an Apple store. Bam, free internet cafe. Of course, if you're in New York, you have to fight off all those trendy tourists who want to check out the glass cube near Central Park. It's basically like that glass pyramid near the Louvre in Paris...out of place tourist magnet...except this one has free internet. However, I digress...

Yesterday I got to the city and joined in on an awesome halloween party! We carved pumpkins, had a delicious spaghetti dinner, and just had a good chill evening. A perfect way to start the journey.

Today consisted of a lot of walking. I'm staying near 23rd and Madison (in the apartment of my lovely friend Alex) and, after a lethargic morning attempting to adjust to eastern time, decided to make a trek for the Natural History Museum. Just a word of advice...New York is big...like way bigger than it looks on any map (well, I guess I shouldn't have used that US map as a reference...). I had a take a bagel break on the way, as well as a stop in Central Park to read the Economist and attempt to look like I belonged. Another thing...NY has very few public restroom (particularly for people who don't want to buy anything)...and there didn't seem to be any secluded trees in Central Park that would suffice. Just a word of caution for potential travelers.

When I got there, I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. Lots of dinosaurs, pieces of meteors, and shiny rocks. They also have a really cool exhibit on human evolution or something like that (maybe just a "check out how cool humans are" exhibit?) that had a pretty enthralling film on avian influenza of all things. The film was great, but I still don't know why it was there. I also spent a lot of time in the "Animals of Africa" and "People of Africa" sections trying to get up to speed for my future adventures. I remember the dead, stuffed animals looking a lot cooler when I was little, but it was still pretty neat to see everything up close (probably way better than the safari will be).

After the museum closed, I again had another "oh, that's so close to here" moment and decided to trek across Central Park to catch the 6 train downtown. I was too lazy to figure out the transfer to get where I needed to go. It ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would (the convoluted paths and lake in the middle didn't help things), and I was late for meeting my friend Ilena for dinner. She waited for me though, which was awesome because my phone ran out of batteries and I couldn't warn her, and we had some gooood mexican food (even by California standards). After that, she took me to check out the NYU anatomy labs, complete with bodies for dissection. Super cool! Can't wait for med school.

The last stage of my evening was heading back home (and by "home" I mean Alex's apartment) and crashing with a book. It was only 8, but oh well...makes adjusting to NY time that much easier.

Tomorrow will be another day of exploration of sorts. Also, I'm seeing fellow Stanfordite and former roomate Rushabh tomorrow! He was still working when I called at 10 pm tonight...ah, the banker life.

I hope, for your sake, that these blogs get progressively more exciting. Other than some interesting interactions on the rush hour subway related to my giant backpack, nothing to note. We'll see what tomorrow has in store.
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nfohner
nfohner on

good morning
good to hear that things are going well. I hope that large backpack won't be too difficult to travel with. I have to send the money to the vrbo. It's not paypal, but some intermediate. I'm very nervous. Tucson is lovely. I love you, mom

jwhamilt
jwhamilt on

sounds fun!
glad to see your trip is off to a good start! tell rushabh hi for me, and if you find you have the chance to take a detour through korea, let me know!

let's get to talking soon about meeting up in australia or somewhere else in this part of the world!

be safe! have fun!

lschneider
lschneider on

sounds like a good start!
hey ben! had you never been to new york before?! even though you've ended up doing more walking than you've intended, it's probably been a good way to see the city... and something tells me the safari in africa might show up the museum of natural history. but i guess i'll have to wait and see your blog posts about that.

i hope you got to see rachel/sam/carl and go crazy one last time before you really embark... i.e. leave the country.

take care! :)

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