Category Archives: Travel 2019

Updated NYC plans

My hotel is in the heart of K-Town, with Korean restaurants and dessert places all around.  Happy, am I.

Updated plans —

Tuesday.  The Morgan Library.  Dinner with my friendship family student from Webster.  Scotland, Pa., Off-Broadway.

Wednesday.  Workshop reading of Corner of Bitter & SweetHadestownTurandot at Metropolitan Opera.

Thursday.  Big Apple Circus.  Grolier Club.  En Masse, part of the White Lights Festival.

Friday.  The Met to view Islamic art and the new installation of musical instruments.  I’ve put in for the Moulin Rouge lottery.  Will see something!

Saturday.  Brunch with former students.  Manon at the Met.  And Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in the evening.

Fall Break NYC: Tuesday

How I LOVE the Morgan Library…..

And Rossini:

And Schubert:

And a Book of Hours:

And kitchen photography in the atrium:

And an exhibition of John Singer Sargent charcoal drawings:

And stumbling upon the Penguin Books publishing headquarters:

And panna cotta dessert at dinner:

And a final preview of Scotland, Pa., which was very funny, for a while:

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.