We just got back from our NYC trip, and my head is FULL of words and stories to tell on the blog. I’m not quite sure where to start, so I think I will just ramble for a minute. I will be back later with more composed posts. I was feeling super burned out before this trip: from dealing with the end of the school year as a full-time online teacher, to preparing for our trip to NYC and my children’s trip to grandma and grandpa’s house 7 hours away, to my daughter’s onslaught of car-induced anxiety mixed with a nice dose of strep throat, to just not having a vacation in the two+ years since my daughter was born.
The good news is that although I am physically tired from the trip, my mind feels refreshed, my patience with and delight in the children has been renewed, my priorities have reset, and I am full of new ideas for the blog and for getting organized with life.
There is nothing like travel to take you out of your normal life so you can look at it from afar. My one regret from the trip was that I didn’t see more Broadway musicals. We saw Once, and it was awesome. That only put more fire in me to see the musicals that come to Dallas. We get all the big musical tours and such, so I’ll just make more of an effort to see those when they come to town. I’ve already started planning seeing Les Mis in August with some friends.
We went to SIX museums on our trip: the Met Museum of course, MOMA (I couldn’t decide, so I did both! So glad I made that decision), the Guggenheim (just went in to see it really because we were nearby), the American Museum of Natural History, the Ellis Island Museum, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. I had some great new insights about art. I remembered that decorative arts are boring and that medieval ivory carvings are awesome. I thought although the Met was awesome, it was too big to enjoy fully. I think I prefer a smaller collection with star examples rather than more examples of one type of art.
I also discovered new art I have never seen before; the Northwest Coast Indians made some amazing masks and sculptures. I will definitely be writing about them on the blog in the future. I took a bunch of pictures of those. The whole Hall of the Northwest Coast Indians was probably my favorite part of the natural history museum (besides the big whale model). (side note: Eric and I got into a really interesting discussion/debate in that section about American Indian technology and cultural evolution that I hope to ponder about on the blog in the coming months as well). Also, I really loved the Oceanic and African art collections at the Met as well. As I teach more and more, I think I get more excited about the new and lesser known (to me) things, because I spend so much time with the European tradition art in my job that it loses it’s magic a bit I guess.
But Modern art is still magic to me. Magic. I am so glad I went to the MOMA. Modern art is always better in person, and I never cease to be captivated by it. Also, Picasso.
The 9/11 Memorial was amazingly moving and so beautifully designed. The water fall drowned out the sounds of the city, and the seemingly bottomless void reminded me a bit of the veil in the ministry of magic fight in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
A lot of what I already know about myself was reinforced on the trip as well–I don’t like too many crowds, so I found New York City to be overwhelming at times, especially Times Square on a Friday at 6:30. No. Just no. The smells were overwhelming at times too, since I have a particularly keen sense of smell.
I also love bodies of water, so some of my favorite moments were when we were on boat tours or water taxis. It is on my bucket list to live on a body of water. I left the trip already planning our next trip. It needs to involve water, and I also want to see those big sequoia trees. There was a slice of one in the natural history museum that was amazing. I need to see that.
Hmm, that is it for now. I just felt like emptying my brain, so I apologize if this was a bit all over the place. I have some ideas for longer posts about a lot of this, so if you want to hear more, please follow the blog using your e-mail over in the sidebar, like my page on Facebook, follow me on twitter, subscribe to my RSS, or just check back!
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Have you been to NYC? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments. 🙂