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After a whirlwind weekend in NYC celebrating my mom’s birthday, I’m getting back into real life. Only three weeks of classes left! So exciting! We had a great hotel less than a block from Times Square…it was small, but we weren’t there much so it was okay. My mom pointed out that the TV took up half the wall. We saw Spiderman (which was cool because Spiderman flew around all over the theater), Big Fish (which had great effects and was fun), Annie (cute kids and dog) and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular complete with the Rockettes and a camel. Seriously, where do they keep a camel in the middle of Manhattan?!

IMG_1217We went to Ground Zero. I haven’t quite processed my thoughts about that experience. I’ve been to war memorials and massacre sites many times, and it is always a heavy experience. This was no different. The victims at the World Trade Center were the very first victims from that day. Family, friends, the tens of thousands who have died since in the wars waged in response, those who have been inappropriately and wrongly targeted as the result of increasing Islamaphobia are also victims of September 11. I sat thinking about how terrifying that day was and how much of an impact it had on all of us on an individual level and at the level of global politics.

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, attempted to go to Smorgasburg but apparently I am bad at reading websites, went to Live with Kelly and Michael, went to the MoMA, ate in Chinatown, ate lots of really good food and ended the week with a run through Central Park to Strawberry Fields. Overall, a great trip. I’m really unsure how there are always that many people around. It’s insane.