Little Adventures

I’m going to start off by saying that last night Billy had a great concert at Juilliard. I love when he’s the only horn, so every time he plays everyone in the audience knows exactly where that great and majestic sound is coming from! My heart nearly bursts with pride and excitement! This piece was right over an hour long, but it doesn’t feel that way when it’s so beautiful. Plus, this was a good looking group! It was truly a pleasure to watch and listen to all of them play.

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He’s been very busy lately with rehearsals for this group, and then school just started up, and I’ve been busy with work, so we haven’t had a lot of free time together. Instead of telling everyone how we’ve spent all of our time lately curled up in our nice, warm apartment relaxing together, I’ll write about a great day we had a few weeks ago.

We had a chance to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art a while back. And holy wow that place is huge! We spent a few hours there and we quickly went through one of the three (four?) sections. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the African and Oceana, Greek, or Asian sections at all. We did get to see lots of old and expensive European and American things though.

I’ll let you in on a little secret-

  I don’t love museums.

Lucky for me because Billy doesn’t either.

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That being said, this one was really fun for us to go through. One of the best parts about the Met is that it’s “suggested pay.” So both of us got in for three dollars. Another reason I really enjoyed the Met was because I got to hang out with Billy for a few hours, which is always one of my favorite things. Besides those two things, though, it truly was a pretty fun museum. I took a few pictures of my favorite things we found. Not that I know anything about them.

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These guys look great for their age. Apparently the noses are always the first thing to go.

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You might not be able to tell, but this thing was tiny! I was amazed at how intricate the little dudes were.

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They had an entire room with old armor like this. I really liked this room. Imagine someone actually using one of those things! (Although I bet most of it was ceremonial.)

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This guy is simply my favorite.

And that about sums up our first trip to the Met!

Another fun thing we did was visit Chinatown.

It took a while for this place to grow on me. At first I thought it was just weird and kind of gross. There was one store that had a bunch of dead, roasted duck-things in the window. Who knows how long they’d been there. We’d walk by fish markets, and mercy! Now, I love me a good fishy smell (I grew up around beaches and seafood and happen to love both), but these places reeked violently. Their rotting fish juices would be streaming out of the shops in little rivers that pooled on the sidewalks. The drains and garbage places were some of the strongest I’d smelled in the city yet.

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But the deeper we got in, the cooler everything seemed to be. The graffiti got more and more elaborate. The run-down store fronts made me wonder about the lives of the people more than getting annoyed at them for yelling really fast words no one could understand and shoving cheap things in my face.

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And now I love it for how cheap and delicious the food is and how fun and different the area compares to any other. The first time we went we got dumplings from the Nom Wah Tea Parlor, which has been around since 1920.

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We had a grand time exploring the jam-packed maze of compact, short streets. As we were walking between Chinatown and Little Italy, a lot of cool street art started showing up. And of course I wanted a picture with every one.

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I love how much fun New York can be when you take advantage of it.

And just to tie things up, I wanted to mention two things:

  1. Today we’re both on day 14 of the Whole 30! I will definitely be going over the pros and cons after we’re done with it and I have myself some delicious pizza.
  2. One of my favorite things in the world is walking into a room and seeing our cats cuddled up with each other in weird places.

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And that’s about it! I hope everyone had a great weekend! And please let me know if you have any questions about what living in New York is like, or if you have any suggestions about awesome places to see or things to do!

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