New York trip, days 3 and 4!
You miiiight be able to tell that I got tired of taking pictures after a few days. I love my camera, but at some point in a vacation I'm just ready to chill and don't feel like documenting everything. It's nice to have the phone camera as a backup to catch a few little details.
Saturday was our Statue of Liberty Day. We figured that taking the ferries, going from Ellis Island to Liberty Island, and being able to linger at the museums would take up most of the day, and it really did. Both places were moving, but the best experience of the day was how the people there are from all over the world. It felt so authentic (we even witnessed a museum worker telling someone he was sorry, but he couldn't understand their accent, how's that for appropriate?).
[Side note: New York City is paradise for an eavesdropper like myself. I even got the chance to brush up on my foreign language skills by attempting to eavedrop on a group of Italian school girls, and a french-speaking family from somewhere in Africa.]
On Sunday morning mom and I went to a mass at St. Patrick's cathedral. Most of the cathedral was covered in scaffolding for a huge reconstruction project, but it was still worth it to attend a service. Plus we both commented that it helped us to feel like it was Sunday (regular church-goers will understand this--if you don't go, the whole week feels weird, right?)
After church we went for one more coffee at Fika, then took the 2 train all the way to the tippy top of Manhattan to see the Cloisters. It was such a wonderful discovery, we had no idea what to expect but it just blew me away. I've seen art museums all over the world, but this one now holds a big piece of my heart. The setting is so unique: the museum is constructed from salvaged architectural elements from the 12th to 15th century. The art collection is fantastic too, and the courtyards and gardens are beautifully landscaped and so peaceful.
Even though it's taken me a while, writing this all out just makes me want to go back again soon. The entire trip was such a recharge for me. I don't like to admit it, but as a stay at home mom, I do sometimes forget about my "self self", since I'm operating as my "mom self" most of the time. You know? But this trip allowed me to just be ME for a few days. And frankly, it's all thanks to my own mom. I couldn't be more grateful that she took me on this trip with her.