Category Archives: Travel 2019

Headed to NYC

I’m away for a few days to NYC.

After several visits during sabbatical, this is my first trip to the city in seven months.

And on this packed visit:

  • Manon at the Metropolitan Opera
  • Hadestown
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Big Apple Circus
  • Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
  • En Masse (an Australian circus)
  • Spencer Jones’ workshop performance of Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • some museum visits
  • and two more shows yet to be decided

Wednesday is a three-show-day!

Me at Times Square.

 

At the zoo

Youngest nephew Joseph is quite the teenage zoologist.  My sister suggested I take him to the Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park on Wednesday last, so Joe and I waited out the rain and then spent two hours with sea lions and tigers and lorikeets and kangaroos and red pandas and Merino sheep and such.  And a good time was had by all.

 

Orangutan child.
Red panda.
Joe pets a stingray.

Kangaroos!
Laughing kookaburra
This one is just waiting for a lift from the train.
Lorikeets.

DC in DC: Botanic Garden

In all my visits to Washington, D.C., I had never stopped by the United States Botanic Garden.

Truth be told, the Missouri Botanical Garden is so much more better!

But visit I did, and I’m glad for the two hours there on Wednesday.

From the things we eat greenhouse:

Orchids:

Random other plants that caught my eye:

The cactus room was great fun, but difficult to photograph.

 

DC in DC: FBI

Thanks to the kindness of the mother of a prospective student, I had a private guided tour on Wednesday of the FBI Experience.

The best parts?  J. Edgar Hoover’s desk.  And the live firing range where nine agents were shooting their quarterly qualification. And the company of a lively FBI employee.  And the spy-craft stuff.

I’ll have more to post on Friday, but this 8.30 p.m. arrival at home after a full day in D.C. has me tired and not feeling like writing.

DC in DC: Tuesday

A lazier day.  After the huge Cuban meal on Monday, I slept in on Tuesday.

Since the National Geographic headquarters and museum is two blocks away, I spent some time Tuesday at their museum, with a current exhibition of Queens of Egypt. Then I went ‘round to the Omani cultural center and spent some time talking about their culture with Omani nationals who were presenting an “Islam in Oman” exhibit.  I learned some things today.

Dinner was at The Pig, a pork-centric restaurant near my hotel.  The meal was fabulous!

Queens of Egypt:

Surrounded by ancient Egyptian sarcophagi (not pictured).

And then an ancient Koran at the Omani center.  I mean . . . look at this beauty!:

Lunch of chicken shawarma a was at a food truck near the hotel:

 

DC in DC: Cuba Libre

Thanks to Jessica Hentoff’s restaurant suggestion, I went to Cuba Libre for dinner Monday evening. Aaron joined.

Aside from the fish dinner in Tangier in February, this is the single best meal of the year so far.

And I will long dream about the spinach Manchego buñuelos, creamy fried balls of indescribable deliciousness that hit every spot on the tongue just perfectly.

We both ordered the tasting menu, which was more than filling.

I opted for the lechón asado as my main.

Let me just say THANK YOU to Jessica, and “I’ll be back as soon as I can” to Cuba Libre!

The meal started with toasted Cuban bread with mango butter. And then progressed from the sublime to most sublime.

The appetizers.
The main course.