Archive | May, 2006
May 25, 2006

Back from NYC, obviously

I’ve been back from NYC for a few days, but am finally getting around to posting the photos.

I was in NYC because it was Liz’s bacholerette weekend, and what better place to spend a bachelorette weekend than NYC?

We took the Acela “express” train from Washington, DC on Saturday morning and arrived in NYC by noon. After some shopping, we had dinner (Indian food, helllll yeah) and then saw “Avenue Q” which was freakin hilarious. Seriously, if you are going to see a show in NYC, you should check out Avenue Q…it’s like a puppet show for adults. After the show, we went to an Irish pub called Scruffy Duffy’s. It just so happened that this pub was filled with sailors in their dress whites…very drunk sailors who insisted on taking a million photos of Liz when they learned that she was a bride-to-be. Here’s a sample of these photos:




(Nick, you can find the rest of the photos here.)

After the Irish pub, we headed down to Greenwich Village and eventually ended up at a piano bar called Marie’s Crisis. For those of you who have no idea what exactly a piano bar is (like me, until this weekend), it’s basically a bunch of people singing along with a guy playing showtunes on a piano. As you could imagine, it was quite a change of scenery from the testosterone-fueled, sailor filled Irish pub we had just come from. I should also mention that I know absolutely no show tunes…the guy was playing stuff from Cabaret, Chicago, Sound of Music, etc…and I really don’t know any of those songs, which is probably for the better because you DO NOT want to hear me sing. Nevertheless, Marie’s Crisis was incredibly fun. We got back to our hotel a little after 3am, after a hellish wait for a subway. Let me just tell you that I HATE the NYC subway…HATE HATE HATE IT.

The next day we had lunch at the Carnegie Deli (I opted for the pastrami…apparently the best in the world, or something like that). The sandwiches there are HUGE:

We had a few hours before our train left for DC, so we went to the Museum of Modern Art. It was a good museum, although not as cool as the Tate Modern.

I’m going back to NYC in mid-June for a work-related event, but I doubt I’ll be coming back from that trip with pictures similar to the ones in this post.

May 20, 2006

NYC for the weekend

I’m going to New York City for Liz’s bachelorette weekend. I haven’t been to NYC since 2000, when I spent a weekend working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign (I don’t actually like her – I just wanted to visit NYC, as this Californian had never been there before, and the College Dems were offering a free trip).

Be back on Sunday.

May 16, 2006

Going to Armenia this summer

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I finally booked my plane ticket to Yerevan today. I’m leaving DC on the evening of July 4 and coming back on July 15. On my way to Yerevan, and my way back to DC, I have 7+ hour layovers in London. As such, I intend to hop the Heathrow Express and have a few pints at a pub in Paddington in between my flights.
Why Armenia? I have two friends that currently work there – one for the U.S. State Department, and another for NDI. And how could you pass up the opportunity to visit a former Soviet republic? If all goes as planned, we may make a quick trip across the border to Tbilisi in order to enjoy some khachapuri and Georgian wine. My roommate, Laura, will be joining me (her first time in the former Soviet Union…always an interesting experience) and Crystal might fly out to Yerevan for a few days. Should be an interesting trip.

Also, I’m thinking of flying to Kiev for the Thanksgiving holiday so I can go on the Pripyat-Chernobyl tour. It’s actually cheaper to fly to Ukraine than to Palm Springs (figures, eh?) If anyone out here on the east coast is up for the trip, let me know and we’ll start hashing out the details.