One big melting pot:
The crazy, the zany, the artsy, the musicians, the actors, the business tycoons………..
( Avoid trump village at any cost)!!!
The colorful, the mundane, food a plenty
music at Sugar Bar, where everyone’s high on life.
You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl but explore, I did. Still reeling from this unexpected trip. We hit the ground running walking 25,000-30,000 steps a day averaging about 12 miles a day.
Uptown, downtown, Eastside, Westside, Chelsea, Midtown, the Highland and Jersey by foot, cab, Uber, or subway. I even signed up for my first Uber and Lyft application to be a driver ….oops. I quickly fixed that and ordered my first Uber. 😂
From Churchill Tavern leaving my purse at 2:30 a.m. in the booth for a photo opt, to strawberry fields to honor John Lennon ….”Just Imagine”. We beelined it home on foot with no cab insight at 4:30 a.m.
Thankfully, The Eiffel tower shined its guiding light and we arrived safely home.
Fall colors and all their glory greeted us each day in the sun, humidity, some rain and spring flowers, reflections of light in every body of water, I grew some legs on this trip, and even found my way to Trader Joe’s and back by myself. Whoo Hoo.
With the best tour guides around, my daughter and friend, we saw an incredible show Arcadia Earth https://www.arcadia-earth.com/ in 3-D about our planet and oceans and ways to Save our Planet, hit the Metropolitan, and The Guggenheim with its architectural beauty. I prayed in St. Patrick’s Church to sit down, Strolled through Rockefeller Center, and witnessed a wedding in front of Grand Central Train Station.
Dogs are everywhere, be careful not to step in poop… another oops.
My highlight was seeing my daughter of course and The Kite Runner (Last show is Oct. 30th so hurry if you want to go, it won’t disappoint). It turned out our friend Alex Purcel was in the play that night and performed 3 different roles and did a superb job. He was in our local High School play with my daughter, so to see him on Broadway in New York with top rated actors was a delight and he didn’t disappoint, nor did the cast. We were brought to tears through the laughs of this heart wrenching and moving story. Below is a little bit about the cast and their notable roles and stardom.
Broadway’s The Kite Runner officially opened July 21 at The Hayes Theater, continuing through October 30. The new play, adapted by Matthew Spangler from Khaled Hosseini’s novel, follows Amir from a young boy living in Kabul, Afghanistan, to adulthood, as he confronts his past and searches for redemption.
Leading the cast are Amir Arison as Amir and Faran Tahir as Baba. They are joined by Mazin Akar, Barzin Akhavan, Demosthenes Chrysan, Azita Ghanizada, Danish Farooqui, Joe Joseph, Déa Julien, Dariush Kashani, Beejan Land, Amir Malaklou, Christine Mirzayan, Haris Pervaiz, Alex Purcell, Eric Sirakian, Houshang Touzie, and Evan Zes. Salar Nader plays the tabla, a percussion instrument.
Buy tickets here … last show Oct 30th.
We got our fix with Alex all to ourselves after the show which for us was the highlight.
As for me, I had an amazing time breaking out and having time with my daughter and avoided a lot of the drilling of concrete and construction.
The biggest gift was having moments where I realized, no matter how far our kids roam, they are always watching us and we always have teachable moments.
Our final night, we stayed in her apartment and cuddled up on the couch watching some silly Halloween Movie and I realized no matter where they go and how long the distance, we are always there for each other and the biggest gift is family, where we can come together in true authenticity and share our hearts, knowing we will come back restored and renewed.
I’m a little in shock that I came home and am missing New York but with Ollie in my lap as I type, home is where my heart is as the sun rises to greet me.
Have a great week ahead. So much more to share but I have a client waiting for me so I best go.
In closing, whatever you’re afraid to do, do it, feel the feelings and move beyond your comfort zone. There is a big world out there waiting for you to explore.
THANK YOU Brontavalo and “Cat” for your amazing hospitality and also to my dear friends for whom I am forever indebted!❣️