It’s Been a While

Since my last post A LOT has happened…I came back to NYC, an amazing friend has stayed with us the last 4 days, we had a spontaneous trip to D.C., got “kidnapped”, and so much more. I hated to miss writing to you, but between running from city to city and figuring out some major life choices I just couldn’t do it. I am thrilled to be back tonight, and plan on sharing all my crazy adventures, secrets and hosting a few giveaways in the next couple of weeks!

But first, meet my very fun friend Sara.

Strolling the High Line.
Strolling the High Line.

Sara and I met while working together in Albania. She taught first grade, I taught second grade and we both kept each other from going insane while working for some not-so-nice people at a brand new international school. I cannot even begin to describe the wild and crazy times we had while living in the Balkans… there were road trips to Croatia, ski trips in Kosovo, hitch-hiking across the borders, late night dance parties, costume making, party planning and top-secret bunker painting adventures.

It’s been almost two years since I’ve seen her and I couldn’t have been more excited to have her stay with us the past weekend. It’s been a while since she’s been to NYC so we wanted to give her the grand tour.

We went to Time Square at 1am and found it to be virtually empty. I guess tourists go to bed early on Easter Sunday.

Time Sqaure
Time Square

We spent hours exploring Central Park, which has yet to bloom. Belle was desperately trying to be included in every photo.

Central Park
Central Park

If you are ever in the city and want to see the Statue of Liberty, but avoid spending $25, then take the FREE Staten Island Ferry. You get a great view of the Manhattan skyline and of Lady Liberty.

Staten Island Ferry
a Staten Island Ferry

We have habit of taking all of our guest on the top of a hotel roof to get a view of the city. This is probably (definitely) not allowed in most hotels, but it’s just so darn easy!

Illegal roof-top gazing
Illegal roof-top gazing

We shopped, ate and drank WAY too much this weekend, but how often do you get to live it up with your friends from Albania in New York?! Besides, Sara did all the shopping, I just got to live vicariously through her purchases.

FAO Schwarz shopping
FAO Schwarz shopping

The weather has yet to improve here, but we toughed out the wind, rain, and cold weather every single day.

Sight-seeing in the rain while looking like Russian babushka's.
Sight-seeing in the rain while looking like Russian babushka’s.

Even though we haven’t seen each other in years we didn’t skip a beat. We even managed a road trip to see another Albanian-friend in D.C. during her short stay! That story will have to wait for another day. Looking forward to getting back in touch with all of you!


Rainy Day Fun

We recently had a very rainy day, like the most rain I have seen since moving to NY. We decided to make this day into a museum day, and our first stop was MAD (The Museum of Art and Design). This was my first visit to MAD, and I am in love! This may be my most favorite museum ever. Well…second favorite. My favorite is still the Museum d’Orsay in Paris.

MAD is a museum that displays contemporary creativity. Make what you want of that, it’s the best way to describe it. The exhibits on display when we visited were super cool, clever, and interesting.

One exhibit is called Swept Away. All of the pieces in this area were made of dust, sand, dirt, or ashes; such as a quilt made of drier lent, and glass jars filled with soot from candles, and then etched into beautiful pictures.

The second exhibit is called Glasstress, and is new creative glass sculptures that were all made in Murano, an island in Venice, Italy. I found this especially interesting because we have been lucky enough to have been to Murano (twice!), and see some of the more traditional and classic glass art. These new pieces were created by artists from all over the world who challenged themselves by using glass as a medium. Their work is all very contemporary, and unlike anything we saw in Murano.

The third exhibit is called Beauty in All Things, It had some interesting pieces, buy my favorite thing was the wine glass that I had a mermaid that can actually swim in and out of your glass of wine!

The last exhibit, the best exhibit, is called Hanging Around, all necklaces!!! MAD’s jewelry collections is FABULOUS! They have necklaces made of everything, from precious metals and rare gemstones to intestines, gun triggers, black coral, and butterfly wings! My most favorite piece is a necklace made of little miniature NYC train cars. Each train car has a different name on it, like “field trip”, and inside the glass train car you will find miniature people posed appropriately.

"The End of the Day"
The 7 Deadly Sins
A necklace that looked just like the one I was wearing!
My necklace!

We also met an artists that was working on a new project at MAD. Her name is Coco, she is crazy creative and very friendly. She let us watch her, talk to her, touch her stuff, and look through all of her past work. You can check her out here.

The next stop was MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art. Here we got to enjoy the works of Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and so many more. Look at all the pretty artwork we got to enjoy!

Do you feel as cultured and open-minded as I do? I should really visit NYC’s museums more often. I guess it’s time I put my MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) membership to use.