Monday, May 30, 2011

Chacala

For a few weeks, we've felt like it had been a while since we left the city life, and a relaxing beach weekend was in order. Having already been to most of the beaches on the Costalegre, we decided to start trying out the beaches north of Puerto Vallarta, in Nayarit state. Luckily, we had just received a great recommendation from some new friends, and decided to head to Chacala. We were pleasantly surprised to arrive within 3 hours, and with the 1 hour time difference our first day started out much earlier than planned!

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We didn't waste any time putting up our umbrella, laying out a sheet and lounging around with books and beer. Anxious to explore, we went for a short walk to see the dock, and check out the "town". It was a great start to our weekend.








Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pablo Neruda Renovation

In our neighborhood, Pablo Neruda is being totally revamped in preparation for the 2011 Panamerican Games whose headquarters are on the street. So we took a little walk down, to see the progress, and enjoy the completed parts.

Top part, being ripped up, headquarters in the background:


Our favorite "square" on the street, Ghandi Square:


Yet to be planted:


Looking good:




Exercise machines on completed parts:








The completed parts are so great, that we are very excited for the construction to be completed and the entire street to be a beautiful walkway!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bye Bye Harvard Square

Our last day in town made us a bit nostalgic for the olden days when we spent many a morning/lunch break/afternoon in the Square. A Real Madrid-Barcelona soccer game not shown on our home tv was all the excuse we needed to enjoy the beautiful spring day and take a break from the packing. And the joker returns.




First half


half time


Ready for second half

Springtime:










weirdo on Harvard building

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bye Bye Cambridge

Back in Boston, we were craving a good ol' Trader Joe's pizza, and decided to take a walk down to the new-ish location in Fresh Pond. Here's Joker and his walk to get the loot:















Success!

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Met and More

After our midnight photo shoot and spending 3 days across the street we felt it was time for a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had just the right amount of time for a few exhibits before we were off to lunch in Queens. We returned to Manhattan in time for rush hour and so delayed our departure with a short meeting with an old friend, and a slice of New York Pizza, before we returned to Boston late that night.



Elevators, from the Met:


To "our" building:

Friday, May 13, 2011

New York City Fun

The following day was the epitome of a fun New York day, with lots of walking, eating, meeting and greeting. We started off with a walk down a closed Fifth Avenue, taking in the sun and an assortment of Easter hats.


[Caption: Rude Israeli Man Crossing Street. Explanation: Man says to wife: "Here, take the [water] bottle, ok"? She replies "no, I don't want it", so he says: "Ok I'm going to throw it away". She says: "Alright, give me the water". Man turns to friend: "See, I know how to manipulate her".]




Easter Hats

After a short cupcake stop by Grand Central, we headed down to Chelsea Market to meet up with a couple of friends. A milkshake and walk on the High Line later, we met up with some cousins to continue our walk down the West River Boardwalk.







As it started to drizzle we stopped for a drink and joined up with some other friends to continue into Soho. One more family dinner and we were full, contented and totally pooped. But even our tired feet could not resist a short photo shoot on the steps of a deserted Met. The best kind of day.






The Met at Midnight:




Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Brooklyn

Our day in Brooklyn was a rainy affair. Nevertheless we managed to get quite the tour of hipster Williamsburg. We started around Graham Av with a small brunch. Unfortunately the short walk to the brunch place left D's shoes soaking wet, and so we ventured down Grand St to look for some temporary boots. A few shops later, and with some dollar store socks, we could continue our tour.





By this time though we had been walking for quite a bit, so it was time for a tea stop. Despite the leaking pots, the tea was tasty and we were ready to continue on.









We continued our tour towards Bedford Ave, the "downtown" of Williamsburg, and most definitely hipster central. The rain had let up and we could trudge through McCarren Park back towards our starting point.







That evening, we hit up a great Italian restaurant. As we're picking at our appetizers this conversations ensues.
M, hinting at the table beside us: "Isn't that Bloomberg over there?"
D: "No it's just some old Jewish guy that kind of looks like him"
Friend S: "Hey that's Bloomberg over there!"
M: "That's what I said".
And indeed it was. Our rainy night ended over in the Lower East Side with good company and good times before we had to make our way back uptown.