Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm having problems with blogger. it won't let me publish or save as a draft anything that I write as a post. I have to do it all in indirect ways. And I can't add things later on. So my Florida post is supposed to be titled "Florida", but blogger won't allow me to do it (unless I copy that post into a new one and republish it again, but i don't feel like doing that).
So don't mind if there are typos or something of that sort, because I can't fix them...

Monday, September 12, 2011

New York


New York was more about meeting with the atmosphere of the business and the lights and less about being indoors.
In our quest of that, we spent most of our time outdoors, walking around Manhattan, mainly the Times Square area. Overwhelming with colors, people and humungous advertisements. It's great to experience for a few days. How anyone can mentally be able to live there is beyond me.
Gradually grasping on to the idea of the avenues running north-south and the streets east-west, it was pretty simple to find our way around (and convenient with the subway, similar to Washington, D.C. Other than that we were in places with no public transportation, but that wasn't always bad. In Florida the farthest we got on our own without someone else's car was to Dunkin Donuts outside Hungtington Lakes, and the lovely walk there made the donuts yummier).
When we got to the city by bus from Washington we met up with good Israeli friends and rented bikes in Central Park. That was fun. I wished someone on the side would've taken pics of the 5 of us all riding through the park together. Gilad and I spent that night in a fancy hotel room (about 3 times as big as our apartment) right in the center of town. It was great. We woke up and rolled out to Starbucks where we had free wireless internet connection. That's when I called Ann and found out how to get to NJ later. After that, we walked around, entered the huge and renowned B&H store, were astounded by its size and mass of people. Oh, and hassidim! They own the store.
Funny thing is, they probably don't speak Hebrew but the one who DID (*jump four days later to Tuesday when we buy our camera there*) was the Asian salesman who helped us out finding the cam we wanted. He was funny! If I quote him here it won'e be as funny, but I will say that here and there he put in a few Hebrew words in his Asian accent. Was worth a couple laughs!
In trying to explain to us about choosing who to focus on when you have a group of people, he took a bunch of candies from his desk and laid them out.
"This is grandma and grandpa". Two sucking candies landed on the table.
"This is the son and the daughter- in law". Plop. Two more.
"These are all the little grandchildren". Scattered the rest in front.
Great, a whole family here to demonstrate the focus. Remember, it was all in that Asian.
Anyway.
On Friday afternoon we took a bus to north NJ to the Brodsky's for Shabbat. it was very nice. They are really really nice people.
On Shabbat afternoon Gilad and I took the 5-minute walk ot my old house.
On Saturday night Yossi, Meyer and the two of us drove to Teaneck for pizza, and on the way I got to be introduced to a new band that I really like (Lorence & the Machine).
This is all too detailed. The rest I'll tell in short.
Sunday- by AS in NJ. Sunday night- dinner by Uncle Morty and Aunt Rosalie.
Monday- Ellis and Liberty Island. Dinner- kosher place in Chinatown. Really good.
Night- with Gavriel is the FANCY apartment he was staying in next to Central Park.
Tuesday all day with Gavriel, Times Sq., walking around, Hershey's store, M&M store, buying SLR camera (Canon T2I) and external lens (18X135), etc... Rain.
Wednesday- rain rain rain. 10:00 am (approx.): waiting on the TKTS line by the red stairs at Times Sq., waiting to buy half-price tix to a broadway play. 10:40 (approx.): We get tickets to see the musical SPIDERMAN.
Until then we eat lunch at a kosher shnitzel place- Really Good.
The play was Amazing. The sets were Amazing. The flying cords got stuck at one point but it was funny.
That night we saw Cirqu Du Soleil in Radio City Music Hall performing Zarkana: Acrobats, magicians, weird creatures, crazy and colorful sets, dancers, in a surreal digest of color, drama and imagination!
Thursday- off to Chicago.

New York was great. Too bad it's over. I didn't eat enough donuts.

P.S. Meeting Hebrew-speakers in randon places. It's exciting:
On the TKTS line in Times Sq., "tkts workers/ushers/wtvr they're called" were walking up and down the rown (under their umbrellas) calling out information about this line, about where the list of shows is, etc. So this one guy shouted out in English, Spanish and... Hebrew! How do you like that!
In the magic store "Fantasma" the salesman tells us he was in Tel Aviv for about a year or so and leaned Hebrew.
then there was the Japanese guy from B&H (who also visited 'Tel Avi" [in his accent, without the "v" at the end] for a couple of months)...
I can't remember now who else.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Washinton, D.C

After Florida we flew to Washington. At the airport we took the metro (btw, the machines for paying for a ticket is covered with a bazillion words all over the place, it's confusing!) to my aunt's sister (that would make her my aunt, right? No, she's my uncle's wife's sister). Really nice hosts. But I'n too stiff and I don't know how to flow. It's like- should I go up now to the kitchen? (I'm thirsty) But if they're there, what will I have to say to them? I'm so bad at saying things and talking to people. That's what it's like in a lot of places when I don't feel completely comfortable with the people I'm staying by.
Anyway, we were in Washington, D.C. for two full days. We walked around, from the west side of the National Mall to the east. Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, wuite a few museums (Really, all those Smithsonian museums are amazing. Best, biggest museums in the US, if not in the world). I had such a great time alking through them, even when most of the information wasn't being absorbed (I do remember now that the Civil War was in the 1860's, which is something I never managed to remember before).
We also took the metro to Adams Morgan, which is a long strip of lots of restaurants/diners/bars/etc.
We had a great time in Washington, and covered most of the important places. Gilad was museumed-out by the end and din't want to go into any more, but if I had another day I'd go to all those museums there and stay in each one for a few hours (after two hours in the American History museum, we had seen only a quarter of the whole place! So we continued the next day).
The best part- it's all free!
On Thursday we took a bus to NYC!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Florida

We landed in Florida last Sunday, after many hours on two planes, a confusing Madrid airport and not very much sleep. AR and UJ picked us up and as we drove off toward Boca Raton with our suitcases, carry-ons and my mixture of a time-confused brain (hour difference. Three different places) and excitement, the main thought was that the familiar images of the palm trees let way to the darkness of the evening, and the view wasn't as precious as usual. I assured G it's really nice, he just can't see it.
He did, in the days to follow, see the palm trees and the neatly-cut bright green grass, sometimes dry and sometimes wet from rain (he experienced being hot and being rained on simultaneously).
I can safely say that we experienced most of what the area has to offer. In terms of organized places and attractions, at least. In terms of nature we went to Green Cay, Morikami, Butterfly World and the intercoastal. Asie from that, we went to the Cornell Museum in downtown Delray which displayed Crayola crayon art, we went shopping (of course), we ate out for dinner, we ate at home with everyone, we had Shabbat together, G and I were surprised with a cake for our first anniversary (!) for dessert Friday night, we hung around, went to the pool, watched TV, and got to sleep on the world's comfiest bed (but didn't sleep very well).
I got to show G some photo albums (I love the photo albums that are out on the terrace. There are lots of them), show him around the neighborhood (including Dunkin Donuts a few blocks away), take more pictures of the apartment ("more" meaning in addition to the ones I've taken in past years).
It was a good week. It was funny.
Especially with UJ, when he surprised us and came down Friday night!
It's nice, you know, sitting around the table with my aunt and uncle, my grandparents, and this time also my mother and my Gilad! Just listening to everyone's voices, trying to absord it in as Much as Possible!!
We took off on Monday afternoon
on
our
way
to
Washington, D.C.!