My friend Chris flew me out using his ever-abundant frequent flyer miles. He wanted to spend time with me before I left for Germany. I stayed with him in Chicago for a couple days and then we flew to New York on the 6th. We flew back to Chicago on the 8th, still using his frequent flyer miles, and I flew home to Kansas the 9th. So much traveling!
1. Do something new
The point of traveling is to have an experience that you cannot have at home. Try an activity that is not offered to you where you live, or take a class in a hobby you are already active in. This will give you a new perspective. The Aikido Association of America national dojo is in Chicago, so in the past I have taken Aikido classes from top-notch instructors there. The dojo also offers many other types of martial arts including Capoeira. I have been dying to try it for a while, so this trip I decided to attend it instead of Aikido. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that incorporates music, acrobatics, and dance. IT IS AWSOME. Watch the video--you won't regret it.
I filmed a couple videos, but alas, Weebly will not let me post them without upgrading Pro, which would cost me money. I don't think I will be doing that any time soon.
Chris and I wanted to go to a Broadway show. We originally planned on seeing Kinky Boots, but we saw Avenue Q instead. My first instinct when planning to attend a broadway show was to go online and buy tickets. However, Chris has been to NY before, so instead we walked around Times Square until he found what he was looking for.
Tons of street venders stand on the sidewalks. Men hold signs for "Comedy Central Presents" tickets, self-promoters try to hand you CDs, and of course it wouldn't be a city without someone asking you for money. We stopped when a man offered us tickets to the New York Comedy Club. We bought a ticket for two people for $15-20 and he gave us coupons to an Irish Pub. He asked that we tell people that the comedy guys selling tickets on the street are actually legit and are not trying to scam you.
3. Go on a boat tour
On the way back to Kansas I did learn one other important fact:
4. Empty your backpack of silverware
TSA had to search my backpack because I had forgotten to take out the silverware from one of my lunches. It turns out that butter knives with no serration are fine, but if it has serration it is very dangerous. I let them confiscate the knife, but apparently metal forks are okay, so I got to keep that. What? First of all, that was the fourth time I had gone through security with that in my backpack. Secondly, forks are way more dangerous than butter knives. I would know because when I was little I decided to see how long it would take to cut my finger using a (serrated) butter knife. After a few minutes of sawing I had what was basically a really bad paper-cut. No thanks, I'll hijack the plane with my fork.
Now, I think I will hijack some lunch.
Have a great day!