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New York City and the Amish country

Jennifer Alden (Wednesday, March 6, 2002)

We left last Friday morning and drove up to New Jersey from Lawrence's parents' house in Virginina. We stayed with our friends Kelly (Nora's sister) and Dave, who bought a really cute apartment in Hoboken, about 15 minutes from Manhattan. We spent the evening walking around Greenwich Village, listening to fantastic Jazz performances (Small's and Fat Cat's are run by the same guy and one cover gets you in to both places. The 7:30 shows are free!).

On Saturday, we went to the Metropolitain Museum of Art. Neither of us had been there before and we were both really impressed. There is an entire Egyptian temple in the Egyptian section, and thousands of beautiful paintings, sculptures, artifacts and other things (like this courtyard) are everywhere else. We highly recommend it.

On Sunday, we went to the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, which was primarialy exhibiting the work of Russel Wright. We went from there to see the musical "Cabaret" at Studio 54, with Molly Ringwald as Sally Bowles. After that, we walked around Times Square (we tried unsuccessfully to get tickets to see the Late Show) and took in the sights (the Empire State Building looks great all lit up at night).

On Monday morning, we went to see the viewing platform at Ground Zero. Most of the debris as been removed from the site, leaving a giant hole in the ground where the twin towers once stood. (More pictures of the site here and here.) A lot of the surrounding buildings were badly damaged in the attacks and have not yet been repaired. The nearby Burger King was temporarily converted into a headquarters for the NYPD and a med trauma center. The area surrounding the site is filled with tributes from around the country and the world and is quite powerful to see. Near the viewing platform, there is a list of the people who lost their lives in the attacks.

On Monday afternoon, we left New York and drove back through Pennsylvania to visit the Amish country. We stayed the night in a caboose at the Red Caboose Motel. We didn't know much about the Amish faith and the visit was really nice. Although the Amish don't really like talking about their lives with the "English" (this is what the Amish call the non-Amish...those of you who know us can imagine how ironic it is for Jen and Lawrence to be considered "English" by anyone) there is a great exhibit in Intercourse, PA at the People's Place about Amish life. It was really well done and we learned quite a bit. We spent Tuesday afternoon driving around Lancaster county, enjoying the countryside and scenes of the peaceful farming life. (An amish farm, buggy on a country road, a neat corn storage thing.)

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