Last week Adrienne came to visit. We met at Grand Central and had the best (unplanned) day in the city. The weather was blue skies but brisk, a hint of the spring we are just dying to have appear. After walking around the 9/11 Memorial, we found a cafe in Battery Park and sat in the front window, sun streaming on our backs, eating hot sandwiches and talking about life. With no schedule to follow, we left an hour later to wander through Battery Park and down to Whitehall Terminal to board the Staten Island ferry. The ferry is free and gives great views of Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty, and lower Manhattan -- it did not disappoint! After a few minutes on Staten Island debating whether or not to stay, and enjoying a talented group of street musicians, we decided to head back to Manhattan to find some farmers markets. Rather than taking the Subway from Battery Park, we decided to walk the High Line. The High Line is an old elevated railroad that has been converted to a city park -- a genius feat of architecture, adding greenspace and walking trails above a busy city (see more http://www.thehighline.org/about). We walked the entire stretch of the High Line and then a couple more blocks north, and while the farmers markets weren't exactly what we expected, I got some fresh vegetables for dinner and some insanely cheap flatbread. (And a sincere desire for farmers markets nearer to me!) With tired feet, we had dinner near Times Square and then picked up some Ben&Jerry's (of course) before heading back to the train home.
After church on Sunday, some of us sisters tried a new wood-fired pizza place in Milford and then came back to my place for dessert. Monday and Tuesday went fast and then I was driving Adrienne back to Laguardia to fly out. We had gorgeous views of the sun setting over Manhattan as we crossed the Whitestone Bridge and my heart was just full, of this stage of life where this can be a reality. Of friends that can come visit for the weekend and the love of Christ which brings us together.
The new transportation building going up near the 9/11 Memorial
Mariner's Memorial, with Statue of Liberty peaking out in the background
walking through Battery Park
Staten Island ferry terminal
"give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free"
riding the ferry
view coming back into lower Manhattan
views of Chelsea from the High Line
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.